The Very Fashionable Joe’s

Mimi ON Oct 17, 2011 AT 9:34 am



By John Gregory-Smith

Joe’s, on Draycott Avenue, was the kind of local restaurant that I wish we all had on our doorstep. It was really relaxed, had cool décor (the walls were littered with iconic David Baileys), charming staff and rocking food. Head Chef Maria Elia, who is know for her innovative combinations of ingredients and flavours, has produced an interesting menu, with Italian, Eastern Mediterranean and British influences. I love going to restaurant where choosing one dish is simply out of the question and you want to eat the whole menu.

After some deliberation I went for the crab, fennel, vanilla and porchini salad (£8.95), which was a feast of fresh flavours and crisp textures – sweet crab meat, shaved fennel and finely sliced, raw porchini mushrooms, bound in a light creamy dressing, it was delicious. My dinner companion had the very generous pork rillettes, apple and watercress bruschetta (£6.50). The well-seasoned, dense pork was served with a mound of julienned apples and peppery watercress, which really livened up the rich meat.

For my main course I had the beef cheeks, samphire, smoked cockle veloute (£19.95) that was a wonderful play on a traditional surf and turf dish. The beef cheeks, which flaked apart on fork-contact, were perfectly balanced with the slightly salty, smoked cockle veloute and crunchy samphire, which I can never get enough of. My mate had savoury baklava (£16.25), which was layered with rabbit, almonds and feta and served with a bright green, bean puree. I loved this dish and thought it was extremely well put together.

Joe’s, Draycott Avenue

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