We had the pleasure of being invited to Joey’s for ‘Blogger’s Night,’ while they emerge and re-launched as Mediterranean and less of a Greek cuisine this time. It was a brilliant opportunity for bloggers to get exposed to this new sharing (sea-food emphasized) & shack style concept. The menu was indeed seafood heavy, so it appealed to my better half immediately. Plus, I must add that Camelia was a great host along with entire Joey’s team. Lovely Light blue & white decor, live music, and chef’s personal interaction added charm to this very welcoming and lively experience.
We started with some delicious Joey’s bites section of appetizers. Tomato Bruschetta served on toasted dough bread which tasted slightly sour but was pleasant in taste, still and brushed with torn basil mayo. Zucchini Haloumi Fritters was another highlight of the evening, crispy on top and gooey center resulted because of shredded star ingredient zucchini stuffed with chunks of halloumi. It was served with Tzatziki – Greek sauce made of strained yogurt. It was refreshing sit on the side.
Next, two were fried i-e Tempura King Prawns which were deep-fried in a light batter. It was crispy and yummy and tasted scrumptious with chili jam concoction. Another item was Fritto Misto having shrimp, cod and calamari pieces fried and served with basil mayo. The crumbs were falling off from some of the pieces however seasoning was too good to ignore that element as it tasted excellent.
The first eye-gasping moment was when humongous (don’t-take-me-light kind of) Seafood Platter for 4 arrived at our table. It was a foodie sight indeed with a dozen of kind Prawns, Mussels, Calamari; Batter Fried Fish and Cod fillet on the show. By far this was most decadent seafood platters I have seen being served in Dubai (Oh and I can’t thank them enough for serving it on Rice bed, you won our hearts there)
In drinks we were served with Blueberry Fizz, it was sweet and aromatic with a touch of raspberry and thyme sprig, sparkling water was added to cut through excess sweet impact. They were kind enough to prepare no-sugar mojitos for me.
All the served items came out rightly seared and complete of the essence. Dips served alongside the courses were a genius and got every bit of applaud from us. Service, however, was a tad bit slow. Waiters seem very busy handling that much of crowd and miss out of changing the cutlery after meals (I surely needed that after my dipping encounter of fried calamari in chili jam.). The food-wise night was beyond doubt foodies hit trance, as we try a little bit of everything from their newly introduced dishes to get the packed image of their menu fare.
While the entire night’s minus was only that cake, they were generous enough to offer us some assorted ice-cream scoops to tame down the disappointment. That cake was not regular on the menu, it just served as part of that event, so we score them no ill on it!). We are surely heading this place again for great seafood and quality time with friends. Compliments & kudos to Chef & team for putting so much effort to make each content perfect to taste.
Thanks to Marketing team for the invite.