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Josie Saturday night (review)

Debbie W. | Nov 29, 200402:40 PM

Second trip to Josie on Saturday night, first time for the folks. It was not full at prime dining time - we had an 8:00 reservation - which I attribute to Thanksgiving weekend.

Man do Josie's desserts rock. We had the chocolate bread pudding, great deep bittersweet chocolate flavor, and a pumpkin "sticky bun" which was a round of pumpkin cake topped with an abundance of pecans drizzled with caramel, and a scoop of "muscovado" (brown sugar) ice cream on top. Believe it or not, the pumpkin "sticky bun" was not overly sweet, and the pumpkin flavor managed to shine through the pecans. Josie obviously has a way with pumpkin, based on this dessert and David Kahn's review below of the pumpkin pie. Stepmom had a scoop of creme fraiche ice cream which had a nice, pronounced creme fraiche tang. The pastry chef's judicious hand with the sugar is much appreciated.

Everything else was great. Husband had the buffalo burger and I managed to snag some of those yummy truffle fries, dad had the venison which I didn't taste but he loved it, stepmom and I shared the shortrib tagine at the suggestion of the server who thought we might be over-ordering based on our appetizers. It was a really nice touch that the server did this, because he could easily have let us each order our own and then we would have had way too much. The order was split in the kitchen and served to us in individual tagines, very nice touch.

Starters were exceptional also. Husband had a warm winter vegetable salad, I had skewered seppia atop a warm mixture of merguez, tiny black lentils, fennel, really great combination of textures and flavors, somewhat spicy from the merguez, very unique. Stepmom had the mushrooms on puff pastry (wow is that rich) and dad had endive/Stilton salad. All were devoured.

I don't know why I waited a year and a half to return to Josie, other than too many restaurants, too little time. We'll be returning much sooner this time.

(Sorry, don't know how much it was, it was a birthday dinner for me and I didn't see the check.)

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