Joey’s Global Grill & Lounge
9911 19 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T6N 1M4
Joey’s South Common is the upscale version of the more common Joey Tomato’s found throughout this and other cities. Taking advantage of a beautiful summer day in Edmonton, we slid out of the office a good half-hour before noon to ensure we could grab a table on the outdoor patio. Good thing we did, as most of the tables were already filled by the time we got there – although this could have been due to the sunny Friday afternoon in which we chose to visit this establishment. The outdoor patio is equipped with a full bar, water features, shade umbrellas, and plenty of staff to keep drinks refilled, and the plates moving.
After perusing the “world-inspired” menu, the ‘Baja Fish Tacos’ caught my attention. My lunch companions ordered the ‘Tandoori Chicken Flatbread’, and ‘Viva Salad’. We shared a laugh when we got to reminiscing about a lunch at this same restaurant years ago, when I ordered this same salad — but distinctly recall it being called the ‘DIVA Salad’ (as I had to endure quite the verbal onslaught from my friends at the table that afternoon). Maybe other customers shared this experience, resulting in the name change? Who knows!?
The service on this day was very quick – replacing drinks just as they crossed the half-way point – and the food arrived surprisingly quick considering how busy the patio was.
My trio of tacos arrived on a clever taco stand, with a plentiful side dish of Mexican hot sauce (which was actually mild, even for my low heat tolerance). Flavor of the tacos was quite tame — which made the sauce a must. Overall – not the worst fish tacos I’ve ever had; however, the biggest drawback to my meal was the unfortunate luck of sitting downwind of my companion’s tandoori chicken. Don’t get me wrong – I am an Indian food junkie — but if 75% of what we perceive as taste actually comes from the olfactory receptors – I was smelling Indian food, while putting Mexican on the actual tastebuds…
The tandoori chicken flatbread looked great, and as mentioned – smelled great. The server commented that this was her choice of the trio, but two of our group didn’t find it all that exciting. Comparing this to your average Indian restaurant, I would have to say this falls short. Maybe to those who haven’t experienced really good Indian food – this might suffice as a nice introduction to the cuisine?
Last, but certainly not least is the ‘Viva Salad’. I’ve been a big fan of this salad (as far as meal-worthy salads go). The apples add a nice sour note, the Craisins provide a nice sweetness, and the roasted chicken is tender and seems to absorb just the right amount of the balsamic dressing. Maybe it was the heat, but the lettuce was a bit on the wilty side, but still within a tolerable state.
I find my experience(s) at Joey’s most fun when the intention is to go for a few drinks and a couple bites. Every experience I’ve had for lunch or dinner, has resulted in at least one individual who was a little let down with their meal, while another is satisfied. Maybe this is due to their attempt to bring such a variety of world influences to a single menu – which makes them the restaurant equivalent of a “Jack of all trades, and a master of none”.