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LA Chowhounds outing to Josie last night

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LA Chowhounds outing to Josie last night

Pat | Oct 14, 2004 05:11 PM

This was my first outing with the LA Chowhounds and my first visit to Josie, and both were a terrific success (except for a little confusion with the bill that got resolved by our great leader MDorothy).

Our group of 14 were seated very comfortably in their back room on two long adjoining tables at banquettes on the side of the room. This is really a lovely, gracious looking restaurant, I must say--elegant but very comfortable in feeling.

Okay to cut to the chow chase--we all had the Wed. farmer's market special with a few additions. (Thanks to Opitchi28 for her meticulous notes, otherwise I wouldn't have a clue!)

The amuse bouche was a thin sliver of a wild mushroom and gruyere quiche--lovely flavor, albeit very tiny slice.

The appetizer was a salad of warm figs, goat cheese and feta on a bed of frizee with a few pomegranate seeds and walnuts, dressed with pumpkin seed oil. Very, very tasty.

Our table of 6 ordered a side of the famous truffle fries to go with our app. They were very tasty, altho' I am not a huge fries fan in general. Might have been more distinctive with meat than with this salad. But definitely worth trying...

Our main course was a galetto of cornish game hen with Italian BBQ sauce on a bed of sweet potato puree and "spigarello" (i.e., Italian black kale) with bits of sundried tomato and dried apricots (we think). This was truly a knockout dish, absolutely superlative. At our table we shared an order of fried rapini, which was incredibly good (we needed an extra order I'd say).

Folks at the other table ordered also a soup of butternut squash with parsnip puree (flavored with cinnamon and curry) topped with baby fuji apple with a candied cinnamon nut mixture. It sounds amazing but I didn't try it. They also ordered a tomato tart.

Included in the prix fixe was a truly lovely dessert of sweet potato flan with pecan/praline sauce. Very light and perfect and definitely not too much sweet potato.

I myself am not a big drinker. Had a glass of the Domaine Carneros sparkling wine which was quite nice ($10/glass). There were wine flights available at an extra $20 (or was it $25) that others tried and can describe.

They did add a tip of about 18%, which I guess is probably standard for prix fixe meals (??).

Chef Jennifer (I think that was her name) and Josie herself came out afterwards and said hi. All in all, the staff was very nice and helpful, altho' they did require a credit card number in advance, which I think is very understandable given the size of the group. They did screw up on the check--put somebody else's $80 bottle of wine on our bill (all of us billed together) but our intrepid group founder Dorothy (MDorothy) figured out what the overcharge was and all was resolved in the end. Cheflisa's suggestion to me that we should divide the checks by table next time is very sensible.

Anyway, this is really a fabulous restaurant. Thanks to the previous posters on the board who tipped us to the prix fixe special! Those who were there, please add your comments and corrections!

Pat

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