Tucked away on a tree-lined side street lies an enchanting dining house, quietly awaiting your arrival. It might not seem like much at first, but inside you'll find the secret garden of dining.
Jane's isn't as plain as your first impression might have led you to believe. Its interior is more spacious than you'd expect, helped along by two floor-to-ceiling windows dressed with white drapes and a high vaulted ceiling with a few skylights peeking through. Red brick walls surround diners, dressed with fruit-filled paintings that add a pinch of color to the dark wooden floors, tables and bar.
The menu pleases the gourmet palate: New Orleans-style black grouper with sake-ginger sauce and Asian vegetables ($20), and spicy angel hair pasta with chicken, spinach, tomato, chipotle pesto and cotija cheese ($15). Vegetarians have the pick of the garden: Goat cheese, vegetable and tofu burrito served with pico de gallo and avocado mousse ($12) and grilled vegetables, black beans and brown rice with yellow pepper salsa ($14) should do you well.
Seating an intimate 50, 2005 saw the addition of a second room that's deliciously sweet, outfitted in a creme white marble mosaic surrounding the Calcutta marble bar, tables sided by wrought-iron chairs and several chandeliers. Available for private parties, the room can hold 50-80 guests. During warmer months, lovebirds can dine on the patio deck. (It should be obvious by now, but it bears announcing: This is a fantastic spot for dates.) Now serving breakfast and lunch, delight over traditional treats like scones, bacon and eggs and a bagel sandwich with lox, onion, tomato and lemon caper dill cream cheese ($7.50). A full coffee bar features Intelligentsia roasts. Reservations are highly recommended.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Janis Mabalay