Black Sheep Restaurant 5 Points in Jacksonville, FL – [Restaurant Review]
August 6, 2018
Black Sheep Restaurant Pairs Modern Food with Rooftop Dining in Jacksonville
A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend took me to Black Sheep Restaurant in Jacksonville, FL for my birthday. Black Sheep Restaurant is located in 5 Points which is also known as Riverside, a very popular area for restaurants and bars. They have a downstairs area filled with tables and a bar, but if you go up 4 stories, you can drink and dine on the rooftop overlooking the city. We decided to sit on the rooftop because it surprisingly wasn’t too hot of a night for Florida. We had a reservation for 6:45 and there were plenty of tables left at that time, but around 8 it started getting busy, especially at the bar.
Since it was my birthday, we were going all out and decided to order 3 appetizers (yes….3), 2 entrees, and a pre-dessert dessert. Meaning, we went to grab dessert at another place after too. I’ll start off with the three appetizers:
Intuition Jon Boat Mussels
These Mussels come in a small or large portion and are dressed with garlic aioli and sliced loaf baguette. If you order the larger portion, it also comes with shoestring fries. The Intuition Jon Boat Mussels were delicious. They’re not your typical mussels in a butter sauce. They had a much more garlic flavor (which we both loved). The mussels were large and you were given more than I expected for the small portion (no complaints here!). Oh and don’t forget to dip the bread in the leftover sauce…arguably better than the mussels themselves.
Smoked Trout Rillettes
My first question was, “What are rillettes?” And, it’s basically a smoked trout dip. This dish was by far the best appetizer out of the three. I could’ve eaten a couple of servings of it. It came with a pickled duck egg (on the side) and crispy buttermilk crackers. I’m one that also love smoked tuna dip, but I know some don’t like it because of how fishy tuna tastes. But, this smoked trout is not very fishy at all, so I highly recommend it.
Black Sheep Restaurant also had a charcuterie selection of meats and cheeses. I believe you can choose up to 6 different options for your personalized board, but we only went with two (one meat and one cheese). Honestly I don’t remember what kind we chose because they had fancy names, some of which I couldn’t pronounce. But they were really good, and it came with some honey almonds as well. It was a pretty small portion though, so I’d probably go with something different on the menu.
Braised Lamb Neck
My boyfriend chose the braised lamb neck as his entree which comes with “spring peas, Tokyo turnip, crispy chickpeas, harissa yogurt, house-made laffa”. He loved the dish (except for the peas…he’s picky). I tried some of the turnip and lamb neck and it was really good. The lamb was super tender and flavorful.
Korean Beef Short Ribs
Now, for my choice. The Korean beef short ribs had a bulgogi marinade, grits (Logan turnpike), collard green kimchi and a soft-boiled egg. This was everything I could want in an entree. Korean food is my favorite, and when it’s paired with one of my favorite breakfast foods, it’s even better. The short ribs were tender and had a great Korean flavor to them. The grits were creamy and hearty which paired nicely with the short ribs. While I’ve had better kimchi, it wasn’t bad by any means. I just wish it was a little spicier. The boiled egg was a nice addition because basically everything is better with an egg on top.
Caramel Popcorn Creme Brulee
So, creme brulee is one of my favorite desserts (second to tiramisu). I typically always try the creme brulee at a restaurant to compare it to all the other I’ve tried. This creme brulee was different from any other I had before though with the addition of whip cream, caramel popcorn, and blueberries. The creme brulee part of the dish was good, but not the best I’ve had. I wish the custard was vanilla bean, but it was more plain. A good flavor and not too sweet, but I prefer a vanilla bean custard in mine. However, the key is to get the blueberries, whip cream, and creme brulee all in one bite, and it’s perfect! Personally, I like the caramel popcorn on its own better so I just ate it separately. Next time, I’d try the Carrot Cake with walnut puree and cream cheese icing.
Black Sheep Restaurant also serves brunch, lunch, and many gluten-free dishes for a wide variety of options for everyone.