Recently I had my first experience at Brasserie Jo and I must say I was very pleased.
The intent was to meet some friends, have a reasonably priced meal and keep it French above all. No Fusion, no Asian influence; just pure French.
We arrived early and were seated right away. The room is clean and well laid out. Not too noisy. It is not a room of dim lights and pastels; it is brighlty lit with simple adornments just as a brasserie should be.
The server was a bit standoffish but was fine overall. He needed a bit of a sense of humor. He explained all the dishes well and paced their arrival properly.
The baguette that came was just what the doctor ordered. It came unadorned and without bread plates, as one would find at a proper brassiere.
I started with a trio of pates; all good. The other three all had salads, so no test of the kitchen there.
My entrée was skate wings, which are easy to ruin. These were done just right with a sprinkling of capers and just enough butter. The only downside was that mashed potatoes, which do not seem right with such a delicate fish, accompanied it. Two diners had the steak frites, which were cooked as ordered and pretty tasty. The frites were abundant and clearly fresh.
The hit of the night was the Shrimp in a Bag, which was a puff pastry filled with shrimp in a nice creamy sauce. Really a standout.
The desserts we shared escape me but both were good. The Sauterne by the glass was really nice for the price. Although we all order either wine or beer by the glass, the wine list was very well thought out and cheap compared to many other French establishments.
The bill was $90 a couple, which I consider an absolute steal for a place like this. Most entrees were under $20!!! I would gladly go back there anytime I needed a Francophile fix.
Boston has few places that truly are Gallic all the way and this place keeps to its? theme 100%. It has flaws but the value more than makes up for it.
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