Joe's, Draycott Avenue Chelsea, a bit average

A very nice evening out with friends but a so so meal. On reflection this was more of a lunch place than somewhere for an evening meal. Situated on trendy Draycott Avenue you can imagine that at lunchtime it would be full of the great and underfed doing the whole Devil Wears Prada thing. The night we went there was only one other table and towards the end of the meal I felt the staff wanted to be elsewhere. Having said that there were some positive aspects to the meal and we had a nice time. The bread was very nice is was like a very crisp flatbread served with olive oil and salt. I was very impressed with this but subsequently found you can buy them in like that but a nice change and very tasty. The waiter was very good about bringing us more. To start with I had a mushroom risotto which was very nice. Obviously if you can't do risotto you should get out of the kitchen but this was good, tasty and had a nice texture. To follow I was a bit stuck as nothing jumped out (as I said the menu was more suited to lunch) so I had a lunch dish. Chicken Caesar salad which I know you may feel is an odd choice but when done well like at Hush about 7 or 8 years ago is a thing of beauty. This version really wasn't in that category, salad and dressing were OK but the chicken a bit dry which sort of spoils it.

The others enjoyed their pasta and burgers but nothing was stand out. The crisp bread was the most memorable aspect of the meal. We had a couple of bottles of wine with dinner which were nice. We were given the dessert menus and I was possibly in the market for an affagato but there service sort of ceased. The staff were all outside on the pavement having a chatter so we finished our wine and repaired to a local pub. The bill was about £50 a head which though not enormous was pricey for two courses of pretty basic food. Definitely a lunch place.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Overall rating
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 6

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