BSJ - most known as just J- is a beautiful restaurant located in the south side of the river, exactly in Borgo San Jacopo, from where it takes the name. It is overlooking the river,with an amazing huge window. There are just a couple of tables right close to it, and you have to fight for them. In the summer there is also a private balcony, where only 2 tables are, and max only 8 lucky people are allowed.
In terms of atmosphere, is one of my favourite in town - not too casual, not too pretentious and elegant, hip enough for Florence, in 2 words relaxing and romantic.
The service is oustanding, very attentive and carefull, but not too much as in other places.
The food is a good mix between traditional and inventive cuisine, portions are fine, not too big like easy Trattorias neither invisible like Nouvelle Cuisine spots. Wine cellar is pretty impressive, if you wish to choose - if not, I highly suggest you to let the Sommelier, Salvatore, take you by hands and suggest you the best options for your food. He's the best.
Ah, the chef is a lady, a real lady, Beatrice Segoni, she's a great chef, plus so much fun!
I was there many times, but last one was to celebrate my anniversary - a nice table was set for up, and a nice surprise at the end...
I don't eat fish, but there is a nice choice of fish food if you like. My choice was:
- Cristaiate (like Maltagliati, an hand made pasta squared cut) with hare meat sauce and Taggiasche olives
- Beaf fillet with mushrooms
My boyfriend had:
- Catalane style lobster
- Tortelli stuffed with sea bass
- Stracotto (stew) with fried cabbage
As starters, they served us a mini Polenta with meat sauce.
As dessert, a nice cake with lots of fruits on, with heart-shape! So cute.
You can see the photos, the food was excellent.
And it's not too expensive, I cannot tell you the exact price cause I didn't pay, but the a 3-course dinner is about 50-60 Euro, than depends on your wine obviously.
It's one of my favourite place in town, I definitely suggest you!
Borgo San Jacopo 62/r
Open only for dinner - closed on Tuesdays