Tucson restaurant: Jasper Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar
Jasper is not new but has new owners. Smartly, they kept the breakfast and lunch menus of this already popular neighborhood restaurant but have upped the ante by adding Peruvian tapas and small plates for dinner. And for you people with bigger appetities, a few large plates.
The “new” Jasper also improved upon the decor greatly. What used to feel cavernous now feels intimate and cozy with curve banquette seating and a curvaceous bar. The new Jasper feels more “now” than so yesterday.
As the food media, I was invited for a tasting. And I can’t wait to go back as a customer.
The first course was a simple but delicious salad made with fresh greens and a zesty citrus vinaigrette. Then we enjoyed an assortment of tapas — roasted peppers stuffed with shrimp and cheese, grilled fish in a wine/chile sauce, and veggie flatbread. The chicken aji exploded in my mouth. Think pulled chicken in a spicy but elegant yellow chile/walnut sauce. I have had this dish at another Peruvian restaurant and remembered liking it.
For me, small plates are the way to go because there are lots of tastes to share. Here the tapas run $5 to $12 and the large plates like linguini, chicken aji, and pork adobo ($11 to $23) satisfy a heartier appetite.
On weekends, mellow out with live entertainment. Enjoy the patio seating, wine list or by the glass ($5-$12), and full bar.
I think the new owners have done their homework. Hopefully this rendition of Jasper is here to stay.
Jasper is located at 6370 N. Campbell Avenue, Suite 160, SE corner of Campbell/Skyline near Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.