JOEY on Broadway is your typical chain restaurant where you can expect decent food and service. The NR team arrived for our wrap up lunch and the restaurant wasn’t too busy. It appeared that they were doing their staff training while we were there, which I thought was a little odd… Anyways, the interior is pretty nice with comfy seats and wooden decor. They also have a bar/lounge area and they offer happy hour from 3-6 pm.
We started off with the Japanese Gyoza, which features pork dumplings with hot mustard and a spicy sauce. These are pretty pricey gyozas, since an order comes with only 6 gyozas and costs $12. Everyone quite enjoyed these as the sauce was delicious and they were pretty well made. J did mention that she wished they came sizzling hot. They were rather lukewarm.
The Rainbow Roll featured Ahi tuna, salmon, crab, and topped with a sriracha aioli. I was surprised that it was actually pretty well executed since it’s not a Japanese restaurant and the flavours worked well together. Basically a Califronia roll but topped with salmon and ahi tuna. We all agreed that the rice was a bit cold and seemed like it was premade and refrigerated though.
Ahi Tuna Club
For my entrée, I was sad to hear that my favourite Beef Dip was removed from the menu. Perhaps it’s because beef is so expensive now! Anyways, V and I both ended up getting the Ahi Tuna Club and paired it with a Caesar salad for my side. The sesame bun was filled with two large slices of Ahi tuna that was grilled to medium rare, bacon, onion rings, and some sweet pepper relish. It was a mouthful but the tuna was seared on point and I liked the crunchiness and sweetness of the onion rings. I wasn’t a huge fan of that sweet pepper relish though. The salad had just the right amount of dressing and was topped with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese and croutons.
Bacon Cheddar Burger
M got the Bacon Cheddar Burger and paired it with sweet potato fries. A classic and it seemed like he had no complaints about it.
Sashimi Tuna Salad
S got the Sashimi Tuna Salad which had seared rare Ahi tuna, mango, peanuts, avocado, tomatoes, and a cilantro ginger dressing. The tuna was seared perfectly with the edges being slightly seared and the center a beautiful pinkish red. Delicious and visually pleasing as well!
J got her go to Beach Salad, which comes with strawberries, quinoa, candied pecans, avocado, lemon poppy seed dressing, and grilled chicken breast. It normally also comes with goat cheese, but she asked for it on the side.
It was all tasty and good…until she found a piece of chicken that was still raw. We notified the waitress and she had the kitchen cook up a brand new set of chicken.
Baked to Order Apple Pie
To finish, we had their famous Baked to Order Apple Pie. This is a must order if you like pie! The menu claims that the pastry is hand-folded, and I’m not sure if that’s true, but the pastry is the star of the dish. Extremely flaky and one of the best pie crusts I’ve had. The pie is filled with cinnamon coated apples and toasted almonds, and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It also comes with maple syrup which was asked to have on the side. A delicious way to end our meal!
Overall, the food at JOEY Broadway is pretty good (other than their failure to cook chicken). Service though, is a hit or miss. I’ve had some pretty good service in the past, but this specific time was terrible. Our appetizers arrived rather quickly, but then the wait began… Our entrees took literally another 30 minutes to come and our waitress seemed lost and confused. She even came back to confirm our orders, so it seemed like she had forgotten our orders. It took so long that our lunch ended up being almost 2 hours… And we also did not get any apology or reason why our food took so long at a not so busy restaurant.
– Food is consistent and usually well-executed
– Ambiance is pretty nice and comfortable
– Wait for food to arrive was extremely slow this time
– Our waitress seemed lost and confused…
Price Range: $20-30
1: Terrible 2: Poor 3: Average 4: Good 5: Excellent
Food: 3 Service: 2 Ambiance: 4 Parking: 3 Overall: 3