That awkward moment when you enter a fine dining restaurant and you're the youngest ones there. HURGH. I had arranged this "weekend New York" trip last minute and my boyfriend, my sister and I were all a bit stressed into trying to accommodate myriad list of things that we wanted to do together. However one thing was certain, we had to have a fancy meal. Originally my sister tried to make a reservation at Thomas Keller's, but as you can imagine they were fully booked for like three weeks ahead. As an alternative my father suggested a "French Bistro" type restaurant called Jojo's.
The overall restaurant had a quiet, cozy ambiance and for some reason it kind of reminded me of one of the more demure rooms that I saw in Versailles when I was little (Of course, not that there were many demure rooms in Versailles...). Lots of quilted furniture, heavy drapery, and patterned wall paper. The service staff was small, efficient and polite. They weren't very friendly, but instead gave the impression of a "well oiled restaurant machine." However, I really do feel that our young age had a significant impact on the way that the staff treated us. I can't complain about service or anything else...but the staff didn't go above and beyond normal service. They were sharp and efficient...like cold, French Bordello robots. I think that the three of us were having too much fun to mind though.
The only truly embarrassing incident that happened during this involved the height of my boyfriend. My boyfriend is the ideal man, tall, dark and handsome with a dash of polite and charming to boot. I excused myself to go to the ladies room and he stood up to let me out. Unfortunately, his shoulder bumped to a hanging wooden candle holder on the wall and knocked off the glass candle. My sister and I watched in slow motion horror as we saw the candle falling to the ground and were bracing ourselves for the eventual crash of broken glass and splatter of hot wax. This didn't happen. My boyfriend is Spiderman. He had caught the candle single handed with the candle wick still burning. I was amazed. UTTERLY MESMERIZED. He gingerly placed the candle back on its stand and everything was back to normal. Then the wire suspending the whole contraption snapped, the stand fell down, the candle shattered and hot wax went everywhere. =__=
ONTO THE MEAL:
|Calamari pickled chili peppers with a lemon rosemary dipping sauce|
|Tuna Roll with Soybean Emulsion|
This was the first appetizer on the "Viand Winter Menu." The tuna was rolled within a flaky wrap, that I assume was gluten free, and I'm moderately certain it was made from soy. Underneath the wrapper there was another layer of a leafed vegetable, probably cabbage, before getting to the fresh firm tuna. This whole thing seemed like a bit of a deconstructivist inspired sushi roll. The brown sauce on the plate was soy sauce, while the soy bean emulsion above served as wasabi. As my sister is gluten intolerant, the chef didn't include the "soy sauce" on her plate.
Honestly, I didn't like this appetizer very much and it was a bit difficult to get through. I prefer my raw fish sliced more thinly and not as large chunks in a sushi roll. I felt that the tuna here, although it was fresh and not fishy, it was a bit too much to handle chunked up raw. Texture and taste wise the tuna completely dominated this appetizer and after the first two pieces I was just...sick. It didn't even taste like the delicious fresh tuna anymore, it was just the firm, cold texture of raw fish. If anything, I would switch out this appetizer with the butternut squash soup.
|Salmon slowly baked truffled mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, truffle vinaigrette|
|Lamb Baeckoffe stewed with potatoes and Alsatian Wine|
|Boyfriend wanted to take the pictures so its understandably blurry. =P|
|Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream|
|Butterscotch Pudding with some Creme Fraiche|
|Trio of Sorbets|
Kid Friendly: I did see kids there, but the atmosphere was definitely more "adult."
Repeatability: Yes! =D
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