Had my first meal at Joe's earlier this evening and I was quite impressed. I orderd the game menu, and although no super exciting meats (although what did I expect, whinoceros?), the meal was delicious. First course was a duck pot au feu. The broth was delicious, heightened with some red wine poured into it at the table. A little dramatic, but did add to the flavor. The best part was a nugget of foie gras floating in the broth. Second course was roast qual wrapped in bacon on a fig salad. The quail was nice and crisp, but overpowered a little by the bacon. But can too much bacon really be a bad thing? THe fig salad was quite nice, with a delicious vinnagrette. The third course was a venison chop in a chocolate glaze. Although chocolate glaze is becoming a bit trite, the rendition here was perfect. A gerat flavor to match the strong flavored chop. The butternut squash puree and buttered parsnips(?) were quite good as well. Dessert was a bit of a letdown, with a not so great bread pudding. BUt that was made up for by my stealing half of my parents peach and blueberry cobbler.
If you are wondering, moim had fig salad to start and then miso glazed escolar. The fish was delicious. A great rendition of this now common preperation. Dad had a bean salad which I didn't try and then wild salmon. Made me wonder why anyone eats farmed salmon. This fish was so flavorful, unlike the "dial-a-color" stuff you get at most supermarkets.
As I am new to LA, I am sure Joe's is old hat to most, but it made for a quite nice sunday dinner and definitely piqued my curiosity about the dining options in LA. Can't wait to try some more.