Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Jo Jo (Manhattan) 01/2011
Tourists are unlikely to find this little restaurant unless they are following the footsteps of Jean-George Vongerichten. This is one of about 10 restaurants, including Jean Georges, in New York and other countries, under the wing of this celebrity entrepreneur chef. Of course he was not there but the food was very good.
Starting with an amuse bouche, a small cup of soup
with a little foam on top. Slightly odd when the first course on their set menu was a soup.
For once we ate a la carte. I started with a Peekytoe crabmeat appetizer
which was delicate, tasty and very good. Served with mango and cumin crackers, handled with a light touch it was a superior dish. Whilst Sandra chose a three cheese ravioli,
which was also very nice. This is a good choice any time but certainly not 'to die for'.
We both had lobster on a lemon and Thai risotto. Another very good dish with plenty of lobster and an excellent risotto.
We had to try the pavlova whichturned out to be a very firm meringue, covered in passion fruit,
with a sour passion fruit ice cream in it's centre.
Not a patch on the pav's we get in Australia.
We would have to rate this as a very good, modestly priced, suburban restaurant. It was reasonably quiet with friendly and pleasing service. With a bottle of wine, taxes and tips it ran around $100 per person.