|Spa Cosmo - with freshly squeezed juices|
What mysterious chain am I talking about? Well, JOEY.
Well, colour me surprised.
Other than the negative first impression of a half naked hostess leading me into their light filled indoor/outdoor patio space, I really truly enjoyed myself. Having spent the last mutters something unintelligible years working in chain restaurants, I'm generally a little cynical. Many just do not so creative things with standard ingredients from suppliers like Sysco. Even if I choose to believe only a portion of the pro-Joey propaganda that we were fed on the side, no one can argue with the sheer amount of things that are fresh squeezed, baked or portioned. Just like at your favourite local foodie haunt, it in theory is possible that JOEY could run out of a best-seller one dinner service because of demand.
They allowed us to try all of the items on their new summer menu, including the Mezze Plate which reminded me of my travels to Europe and Korean Fried Cauliflower, which has a sweet chili sauce component that I'm a sucker for. Giving us their Spa Cosmo and Blueberry Mojito to try was also a nice touch!
|THAT. That is a watermelon radish!|
|Lobster and Prawn Ravioli|
The 500 Salad made me want to find watermelon radish and put it as a garnish on everything I make. The salad, which has wheat berry, (whatever that is), was also really great. A skeptical seafood eater, I really enjoyed the Lobster and Prawn Ravioli (lobster packed ravioli, white wine cream sauce, topped with grilled prawns, and fresh dill) although you might want to plan to eat that on a gym day to ease the guilt of such a decadent comfort food!
Other dishes we got to try were the Sliders Royale, Roti Chicken Club and all three of their desserts: Key Lime Pie, Baked to order Apple Pie and Molten Lava Chocolate Souffle.
|Key Lime and Apple pies|