Jasmine Cafe

$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

Set in a courtyard on the water in the planned community of Reston, Jasmine is pretty well planned itself. It's a small cafe-size room made to look more spacious by mirrored walls. Well lit, with carnations on the small tables and some pleasing enough artwork on the walls (available for purchase), it has an intimate feel despite its prefab architecture.

Peopled by denizens of the Reston upper crust, the patrons include seniors, middle-age couples and professionals in their twenties. The menu is inventive, though not inexpensive, with pan-seared salmon, cornmeal-crusted trout and grilled portobello mushrooms among the entrees. Appetizers feature a hot artichoke dip, salads, and a pistachio pesto and goat cheese tart. Specials change daily. The emphasis here is on wine (available by the bottle) over beer or liquor, with an extensive list of moderate to pricey wines from various locales.

Jasmine's a place designed to fit a range of tastes, much like the community that houses it; thus the atmosphere is a bit watered down. There is no smoking inside, though it is allowed on the patio in front.

– Bob Massey