P and I went to Josie for their Monday corkage free night. We'd been to Josie before and P loved it. I, on the other hand, didn't remember hating it so I agreed to go. Anyway, we had an 8:15 reservation and were seated promptly in the backroom. The entire place was about 3/4 full. Service was very prompt, kind of too prompt. Like they were trying to rush us out without rushing us out. For example, teh amuse (mushroom/gruyere quiche--alright) came out almost immediately after we ordered. And then, the apps (wild mushroom sandwich and seppia w/ lentils--both fab) came out less than 5 minutes after we finished the tiny slice of quiche. All told, we had our amuse and apps within 15 minutes of sitting down! Now, I have to admit that the speed at which the apps were cooked (or reheated) did not detract from the taste, but it was kind of weird. We hadn't even really settled down yet and our wine didn't even have a chance to catch its breath, much less breathe. The portions were more than generous so by the time the entrees came around, I was already over halfway full.
For entrees, we had the shortrib tagine and the special papardelle with venison ragu. Both were really disappointing. The shortribs were overly cooked and very dry. The tagine sauce was a little too sweet for P and I would have to agree, but that may just be a matter of taste. The papardelle was better but the venison, which came in tiny pieces, was also really dry and overcooked. Needless to say, we did not finish either dish. I even wrote a little note in the comment card about how dry the shortrib tagine was (and complimented them on the apps, to be fair).
We ended with the cheese plate, to get over the disappointment of the entrees. Ona plus note, our wine was great and they decanted it for us, which was nice considering the no corkage fee thing. Total was $130 w/ tax.
All in all, will not be rushing back.
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