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Josie rocks the Casbah


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Josie rocks the Casbah

john gonzales | Feb 17, 2004 07:51 PM

Went to Josie last night. In part to take advantage of the No Corkage Monday. This is a welcome promotion that more people should take advantage of. It enables us to go to Josie more than we otherwise would. Taking two bottles from the cellar makes for fine dining at very reasonable expense. They are very gracious about it, and provide the same wine service as had one ordered off the list. Both bottles decanted, poured at a good pace, separate nice quality stemware.
Anyhow, I had a few things I haven't had there that were really good. They started us with a snall piece of a mushroom & cheese quiche (or was it a tart?). I was actually disappointed she wasn't doing the Bobo Farms foie gras, which is just incredible. Instead I started with a creamy polenta, infused with just the right amount of cheese; then topped with a ragout of rabbit. A very generous portion, the tender rabbit pulled and seasoned just right. My wife had the "lacquered" duck leg salad which we also had not tried and both really liked. The piece of duck was very large as was the entire salad. My wife was lucky she had me along to help polish this off :)
My wife had the rack of lamb which she really liked, I went for the Tagine of short ribs. I guess this has been on the menu awhile but I've never tried it. I loved it. It was a served in the large tagine. There were two very good sized short ribs, braised to perfection. There, as usual, is a decent amount of fat involved, but just the right amount to be cooked down and eaten completely. It came on a huge bed of cous-cous with all sorts of veggies (root) and a few kinds of subtle fruit (cooked raisins, apricots). It was flavored with just the right amount of aromatic spice for me. At times this can be too much. In this case the combo of fruit, spice and meat acheived a nice balance. The cous-cous was extremely large grained, flavorful, and remained moist. I was wary as I don't love cous-cous but this was probably the best version I have ever had. I'm a big eater but couldn't come close to finishing it. The deliciousness was confirmed, as I scarfed the left-overs down for lunch today.
I also tried the Buffalo Foie Gras Burger of one of our companions. Paying $27 for a burger is wild, but this thing was delicious. Tasty ground Buffalo, stuffed with some gruyere and topped with some Foe Gras.
Deesert was very good as usual. I'm usually stuffed there, but invariably change my mind about dessert, and end up debating between numerous items. Last night was the chocolate bread souffle. A bread pudding of sorts, but extra moist due to the custard. Then of course there's the whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream to put it over the top.
Ho-Hum Josie's still great.

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