Food Porn: Jojo Bistro and Wine Bar

Initially we were going to visit Jojo Bistro for Restaurant Week but when Alli and I looked over the menu we realized their regular prices compared to their Restaurant Week special offers wasn’t that big of a difference.  So we decided to beat the Restaurant Week rush and stopped in for dinner last Saturday (reservations recommended, they were packed).  There has been mixed reviews regarding the food at Jojo but people almost unanimously agree the location itself is gorgeous.  With large wooden beams, very modern lighting, a long bar with a large stone wall behind it, its definitely ecstatically pleasing.  We ended up sitting right next to the wood fire oven which I could have watched for hours.

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We decided to start our meal with the Raclette ($8, pictured above) which is pretty much a really fancy name for cheese fries.  But these weren’t any ole’ cheese fries, these were hand cut ribbon fries (very similiar to what you’d find at a fair) covered with green onions, crumbly blue cheese and melted Gruyere.  Leave it to us to find cheese fries at any restaurant we go to, let alone at a bistro and wine bar.  As you can see in the above picture, the appetizer was gigantic and could have easily been a meal onto itself; I could see myself sitting at the bar and ordering a drink or three and ordering this dish and calling it a night.  The chips were all cooked very well, none of those gross soggy chips you’d find at a fair. The blue cheese was very strong but the Gruyere helped cut some of that sharp flavor.

This seems like the year of wood fired pizzas for us, Alli decided to go for it once again and she ordered the Grilled Chicken Pizza ($12, pictured above) that was topped with grilled chicken, balsamic glazed red onions and goat cheese.  The onions were incredibly tart, the goat cheese had a strong flavor and the crust was almost as thin as a cracker.  It was larger then we expected, we assumed it would be small enough for just one person but this could have fed both of us.  The mix of all of the strong flavors were a bit too much for Alli and she wasn’t a huge fan of the crust, she found it too think and crispy.  Long story short, we are still on the hunt for a good wood fired pizza in Buffalo.

I decided to try something new and ordered the Duck Cassoulet ($19, above).  I literally had no idea what this was going to be but I like both duck and sausage a lot and assumed it couldn’t be that bad.  It turned out to be quite nice, the closest thing I can compare it to would be a hearty bowl of gumbo (a thicker broth with beans and pieces of meat).  The broth had a sweet wine flavor to it and the duck was very tender and fell right off the bone.  The sausage was a little over cooked and burnt but still had a nice smokey flavor.  The skin of the duck was a little soggy from sitting in the broth but otherwise I really liked it.  What I didn’t finish that night I devoured the following day as leftovers.

Overall, we weren’t blown away by Jojo’s, the food was good, but not great.  The pizza had some interesting flavors but the crust was a little disappointing.  There were certain clever twists on the service, the bread was served in white paper bag like it was just cooked at a bakery and the menu was handed to you on a folded piece of paper.  The location is gorgeous and is a nice backdrop for a date or happy hour especially if you love wine.  That said, aside from going out to dinner with a wine lover, I can’t foresee going back there for another meal any time soon.

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