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Dinner at Joe's on Abbot Kinney - Review

Di4cats | Mar 27, 200501:47 PM

We'd never tried Joe's and did so one evening last week. My husband ordered the 4-course beet tasting menu (which I, of course, got to sample), and I ordered a la carte. His crab and beet salad appetizer was rather tasteless and lackluster (I recall the menu saying it had avocado, but couldn't find any), however, the beet and paramasan risotto was delicious, and we don't even like risotto. The sweetness of the beets, combined with the saltiness of the cheese and the texture of the risotto was really a taste sensation. His main course of lamb was served two ways with a beet reduction sauce. The sliced loin was a little tough, but the shanks melted in your mouth - sadly, there could have been more shank and less loin. His dessert was a molten chocolate cake topped with a beet syrup, that actually worked quite well. Both our main courses were served with crunchy baby turnips - an unusual and welcome touch. I ordered the wild mushroom ravioli, and it was exquisite. Huge chunks of a nice variety of mushrooms, floating in a velvety brown sauce atop beautiful, rich, round pillows of ravioli. This is one of the yummiest raviolis I've ever tasted. My escarole was also stellar, and my hubby kept stealing bites off my plate. This was one of the finest, freshest and perfectly cooked pieces of fish I've ever had, in a simple but elegant presentation. Crunchy on the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside. It was served with silky and very tasty endive
that was thorougly cooked, but tender and flavorful. For dessert, I had a nice, stinky wedge of blue cheese, served with dried pear. The service was warm and good. We will definitely return to Joe's soon. We did not find dinner all that inexpensive though, contrary to some posts here. Total with tip came to $150, with only one glass of wine, as my husband doesn't drink.

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