Category Archives: JP American Bistro

Nina Wong (Chindian) + Andrew (jP American Bistro) = Brilliant Company Event

I was dining at my favorite Minneapolis restaurant and asked Andrew if he knew anyone that could cater an 80-100 person event at my office. Without hesitation he said “you should talk to Nina Wong, she does some really amazing Asian/Indian fusion. And oh by the way…I can run the bar.” I thought “wow” that is a fantastic idea.

Nina and Andrew were an amazing team. Nina created a collection of 7 impressive passed hors d’oeuvres. Andew designed custom cocktails and paired wine and beer.

The menu included:

  • King Crab California Rolls
  • Spicy Peanut Chicken Skewers
  • Tofu Spring Rolls
  • Shrimp Toasts with Ginger Mustard Aioli
  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Wontons
  • Tuna Tartar on Thin Rice Crackers
  • Indian Curry Beef Puff

Each item was skillfully prepared and reasonably easy to eat without silverware. My favorite in the group was the tuna. It was flavorful and fresh. Six actually made a nice dinner. The pumpkin cream cheese wontons were a nice touch of Fall comfort food and worked well with the Asian theme. I also enjoyed the California rolls. Along with the tuna they created a nice sushi experience.

I highly recommend going to Nina’s Minneapolis restaurant Chindian Café.

The food and the drinks were perfectly matched and a nice change from the standard catered fare. We had Andew pair a white and red wine along with a light and dark beer selection. The showstoppers were Andrew’s custom made cocktails. He did a variation on a gin and tonic complete with house made pickled fennel, cucumber and mango. He also created a Vodka drink with Apple cider, sour and some secret ingredients he would not disclose. You’ll have to go to jPs and ask him for one. This drink really surprised me because I don’t like vodka all that much. The initial idea of it with Apple Cider seemed like an odd combination. The end product was a light and refreshing drink with just a hint of fall.

What impressed me most about Nina and her team was how smooth and tactical they were. Service was flawless and professional. Before the event she surveyed our space and made recommendations for tables, bar placement and traffic flow. All of the rental equipment was handled and they left our office in the same condition it was in when they got there. What was even more impressive was the fact that the servers were all really friendly and they made our guests feel at home. If you are looking to create an event I highly recommend the Nina + Andrew dynamic duo…. guaranteed success.

The World’s Best Risotto Cake

OK so I stopped into JPs for a drink and they were kind enough to let me sample their new Risotto Cake with Duck Confit. This was making me really disappointed that I was going somewhere else for dinner. I really enjoyed this dish it would be a great starter on a warm day. Light, fresh and flavorful. The sweet corn and sherry vinaigrette were a nice touch.

JP American Bistro – Minneapolis MN - Summer Harvest Menu

Thanks Andrew!

Also…if you are in the mood for a nice Red Burgundy I would highly recommend the domaine noellat, fixin ’02. It is a very versatile wine and seems to go well with most things on the menu.

domaine noellat, fixin ‘02

JP American Bistro – Minneapolis MN – Summer Harvest Menu

Just received the new Summer menu from JP’s. Looks like some interesting new stuff on there. I am particularly happy to see a new hangar steak preparation.

MALTAGLIATI WITH SMOKED CHICKEN AND SWEET CORN TOSSEDIN A ROASTED RED PEPPER HARISSA SAUCE 21.00

OVEN-ROASTED CHICKEN BREAST GLAZED WITH FERMENTED BLACK BEAN SAUCE SERVED WITH STEAMED RICE AND PICKLED MANGO SALAD 23.50

GRILLED ALL-NATURAL PORK TENDERLOIN WITH A SOUR CHERRY SAUCE ON YUKON GOLD POTATO PURÉE WITH BROWN BUTTER SPINACH 26.00

SUSHI-GRADE TUNA BURGER ON A BIRCHWOOD CAFE SESAME ROLL WITH SRIRACHA MAYONAISSE AND SERVED WITH POMMES FRITES, RED ONION AND TOMATO 14.50

PAPPARDELLE WITH GRILLED EGGPLANT AND ZUCCHINI IN A FRESH TOMATO SAUCE WITH PARMESAN 18.00

OVEN-ROASTED STAR PRAIRIE TROUT STUFFED WITH ROCK SHRIMP, CORN BREAD AND CARAMELIZED RED ONION, SERVED WITH A CUCUMBER/FENNEL SALAD 26.50

HANGAR STEAK SMOTHERED WITH HOISIN BARBEQUE SAUCE ON YUKON GOLD POTATO PURÉE WITH PICKLED VEGETABLE SALAD 27.50

POTATO GNOCCHI TOSSED WITH BASIL PESTO AND TOPPED WITH PARMESAN 20.00

for reservations please visit our website www.jpamericanbistro.com or call 612-824-9300