Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The (S)tart and the Staff

My first course at JoJo's was really heavenly. On a platform of two slices of light but buttery pastry, the chef built a foundation of sweetly caramelized onion, then topped it with goat cheese islands and nicoise olive halves for a spectacular start to the meal. Nestled alongside was a simply dressed mini-salad of parsley and grated Parmesan, an interesting counterpoint to all that richness.

One of the best parts of the whole JoJo's experience has to be the friendly, joyous wait staff. They all seem actually to be enjoying the serving of this wonderful food. They skip the ponderous self-introductions in favor of clear descriptions of the delights the patron is about to sample and very knowledgeable suggestions of wines pairings. Water glasses are refilled promptly, food is served without reaching across the diners, plates are removed quietly - in short, they really know their stuff and they make a real contribution to the happy experience.

Start to finish, JoJo's was a lovely experience.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Evlmprs said...

Yumm... my mouth is watering just thinking about that onion tart.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Evlmprs, you should have tasted the dessert! It was KILLER! Pear-raspberry sorbet with an almond cookie. Shall we meet you and Guy at JoJo's one evening soon? :-)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008  

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