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Joya a promising neighborhood addition

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Joya a promising neighborhood addition

Gertie | Dec 2, 2000 03:11 PM

we ate in Joya on the night it opened, and will probably return tonight, so I'll add to this post later. I loved the space -- it's amazing how that bad joke of a health-food place has been transformed -- its spacious and hip without being overly self-consciously so; I didn't think that the DJ was terribly intrusive. The bar is nice and there's plenty of space around it, which was critical, because it was amazingly crowded. Nevertheless, service was okay, and the management seemed both savvy and simultaneously thrilled and excited about their project.

Although the menu seemed excessively capacious, we didn't hit on any duds in any of our four dishes -- spicy rice noodles with shrimp, a chicken curry, a vegetable curry and a beef and broccoli dish. The mussels we started with were probably the least successful. I'd like it all to be spicier but probably, considering the neighborhood, it won't be; I'd also like to see a few more wines by the glass offered. Still: the prices are incredible, and certainly considering the business Uncle Pho is doing with far pricier and inconsistent food, Joya should always be packed. Check it out anyway.

I'm interested to hear what other people think.

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