JOEY Restaurant is opening a 6000 square foot restaurant in North Vancouver’s Shipyards on January 23! I got a sneak peek of the ambiance, view and most importantly food!
Smalls + Sharing Plates
Oshi Sushi: Seared Salmon Sushi
Normally, I go to a Japanese restaurant for sushi but surprisingly, they executed the Oshi sushi pretty well! The rice was cooked well with each grain coated with sushi vinegar. The choice of sauce didn’t overpower the fish which was a plus for me.
The miso broth was rich in umami flavour and had a thicker than normal broth that coated each strand of noodle. The noodle itself was slightly undercooked as it was quite firm for what you normally get at a ramen shop. However, it was a media event and food does go cold or soggy, in this case, if people don’t eat it right away.
The Korean Fried Cauliflower packed a spicy punch thanks to the gochujang sauce! The cauliflower was fried well and tender. A great sharing plate I wouldn’t mind ordering again
Ingredients: sweet spicy korean chili miso paste, toasted sesame seeds
The Ceviche was delicate and lightly acidic. The fish was not overcooked from the acid and stayed fresh.
ingredients: Japanese style, prawns, lightly marinated salmon, soy yuzu dressing, mango, serrano chilis
The Slide Royale was an elevated version of a cheeseburger. It didn’t wow me as much as the other dishes
Ingredients: secret Sauce, American cheese, Certified Angus Beef®
Steak + Lobster Ravioli
This share plate was the talk of the night! Lines were forming just to take a peek at the elegant and seamless assembly of the famous steak and lobster ravioli. The ravioli was beautiful with a perfectly cooked prawn. The steak was tough for me even though it was medium rare.
Ingredients: sliced grilled sirloin, lobster + prawn ravioli, truffle beurre blanc
Mocktails & Cocktails
Inspired by January
JOEY was very innovative with their drinks! I absolutely loved the Matcha Mojito because the earth matcha flavour paired super well with the mint. I didn’t even miss the alcohol.
The Spicy Passionfruit Margarita was interested as it played with salty and spicy flavours from the salt and pepper rimmed edges. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste much passionfruit as it the spices and liquor overpowered it.
The Jungle Bird was light and fruit! An any time of the day kind of drink!
The Butter Chicken was fragrant and had a great masala spice to it. The Pacific Wild Cod was flakey and the curry sauce didn’t over power it.
The donuts were very airy and light! Nothing like your typical American donuts. I loved the touch of acidity from the lemon curd because it cuts the sweetness from the sugary donuts.
Interior of JOEY Shipyards
At night, JOEY Shipyards turns into swanky and vibrant restaurant and bar with dim lighting and marble accents. They have 2 open patios where you could hold celebrations and enjoy the beautiful shore view of Downtown Vancouver. Their open kitchen is spectacular and the chefs and line cooks make organized chaos look harmonious.
I don’t normally venture out to North Vancouver but after seeing the level of service and quality of food that JOEY restaurant offers, I see myself coming here maybe more than once a year.