Restaurants & Bars

N-Joi, Cranston

dagwood | Feb 2, 200804:51 PM

On Friday my husband and I had the pleasure of dining at N-Joi, on Phenix Ave in the Knightsville section of Cranston. It's in a stripmall, and not the kind of place I would generally think of for a nice night out. Thankfully I am often wrong.

N-Joi opened in October. We had 8:30 reservations on a Friday night, and there were only 3 other tables seated, which may make this place the best kept secret in Rhode Island. I started with one of their signature cocktails, on our servers recommendation. It was their Elderflower, and as promised, it was refreshing, not too sweet.

As appetizers, we ordered their lobster raviole, which was beautifully plated, and absolutely delicious. I also had a salad of bibb lettuce, herbed goat cheese, hard boiled eggs, and roasted tomatoes, that absolutely exploded with taste.

Since her recommendations were spot-on so far, I took our servers advice and ordered the duck; my husband, the pork. Both were fantastic. I don't think we uttered a word during our meals.

For dessert, my husband had a flambeed banana dish, and I had their poached pear shortcake napoleon. The shortcake was sweet and crispy, almost like a pancake. It was truly to die for.

On our way out the door, we were handed a parchment-wrapped gift, complete with a pretty black ribbon tied in a bow. On the inside were two lemon biscuits. A beautiful and elegant way to end a perfect evening.

The service was impeccable: attentive yet warm, great recommendations (including wine recs), laughed with us but was also there to refill water and crumb the table without any hesitation.

Recently, our dining experiences have been let-downs. CAV, not what it once was (interestingly, the chef at N-Joi was the chef at CAV back in the early 2000s, when it was "all that"), Local 121 inconsistent, Louie Fuller great food but crappy service. Who knew we would find the gem in Knightsville?

I could not recommend it more highly. I'd love to hear other's thoughts. I really think this is a rare find in this section of town. www.njoiri.com

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