KINGDOM OF TROY
FOUND AT JERNE: A RETROSPECTIVE
Blending an eclectic mix of tasty appetizers with
elegantly presented main courses, Chef Troy Thompson created in the past many
different interactive dishes at Jerne, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina Del
Drew Sayea is the new chef at Jerne and is offering his own menu of
California Cuisine. Located in the Ritz Carlton,
Marina Del Rey Hotel, Jerne fulfills the expectations of any person
interested in Euro-Pacific elegantly prepared accessible dishes.
Jerne is situated just to the left of an open living room area
where people casually meet for drinks and conversation. I started off with
the Bento Box, a special mix of five unique appetizers created daily by
the Chef. It contained a
potpourri of Japanese and Chinese appetizers including Mabo Tofu, Cha Sui
Bao, Siu Mai, Crab Legs and Soft Shell Crabs.
I would recommend ordering this dish if you not too
hungry and want to just order one dish for two.
The many dishes which Chef Troy’s prepares are light yet filling
enough for the average health conscious Southern Californian. The
interesting presentation of the dishes and large selection of starter
entrees are conducive for business as well as social conversation.
I tried the chicken which was presented with brussel
sprout shells with a light sauce. The
marinated tuna with the shoyu ginger sauce soon followed which was eagerly
and having owned and operated a Fusion style restaurant in
, he brings new innovative techniques and dishes to
. One of his signature cooking
approaches is the use of “hot rocks” where food is first prepared in
the kitchen and continues cooking on the hot rocks as it is delivered to
your table. Unlike a hibachi
grill, the shrimp scampi served on the hot rocks (from the
) was evenly cooked as the heat was democratically distributed throughout
the food. The duck was
prepared with a light cherry sauce allowing for the flavor to breathe
through. The Alaskan Halibut and lamb chops where complementary dishes to
the other more interesting selections.
For dessert, the chef prepared a chocolate cake a la
mode, an orange Tira Misu, an array of sorbets in a cone and different
flavored miniature Crème Brules. The
orange Tira Misu was my personal favorite.
Although it was a typical slow weekday evening, the maitre de and
staff provided excellent service without being too invasive.
In fact, unlike many restaurants which cordon off half of the
restaurant during slow periods, Jerne “spread out” the guests allowing
each group privacy creating better individual ambiance. A typical dinner
for two with wine will run about $120.00.
4375 Admiralty Way
Breakfast: Monday -
Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Champagne Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Reservations are suggested.