641 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Mon – Thurs: 11:00 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Fri & Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 09:00p.m.
|Price Range:|| Appetizers, Salads & Soups: $5 – $8
Sandwiches: $7 – $9
Entrees: $10 – $26+
Pizzas: $10 – $14
Desserts: $5 – $6
Drinks: $5 and up
I know it’s been awhile since I last posted anything…and for that I give my heartfelt apologies. However, Graduate school is really kicking my butt!
Now that I’ve apologized, I can get to business on my next review. This time I’m back in Dayton reviewing the newly opened Joya’s Bistro at The Greene Mall.
This place came as a surprise to me. I only get to visit Dayton once or twice every 3 months or so–and a lot changes when I’m gone. I was walking through the mall this afternoon, however, and noticed a sign for Joya’s…having not had dinner yet, this seemed like a great place to start. I really do love trying new places!
It’s hard to impress me with Italian food. I used to live with Italians and they were more than gracious to smother me in food–one reason why I’m a little heavier than I’d hope to be!
I checked out Joya’s menu online and the range of appetizers to entree’s as well as price range was rather excellent–it’s not just pizza and pasta and definitely not a regurgitated Olive Garden.
Walking in the door was nice. Service was winding down for the evening so getting a table took an extra minute or two. This gave me time to check out my surroundings. Very modern looks accentuated with dark woods and strong lines–not really a bistro feel but I liked the atmosphere.
Once seated drinks were served and I was recommended a Cabernet (my wine of choice). It wasn’t the most expensive on the menu and came recommended–so why not?
I ordered the “Pollo Fredo” and Tim had the “Chef’s Veal” (essentially a Veal Marsala). Tim’s dish was also listed as a seasonal special, which I thought was kind of odd since veal isn’t really seasonal.My dish was $13 and the Veal was $15…not too bad….or so we thought!
While waiting bread was served with a hummus-like concoction (odd) on nice modern looking flatware. My wine came about this time in a tumbler glass. This was the first of many odd looks I gave our waiter. Yes, my wine only cost $5 a glass…but I can easily say without any embellishment that my glass was barely half full–I honestly thought someone had drank some of it!
The food eventually came and this was the second shocked looked I gave the waiter (who was spending most of his time hob-nobbing with a group of people who were asking what the difference between a white and red wine was….) Had they told us we were going to get tapas-sized dishes we would have been okay with it. The entree’ was rather tiny and coupled with an oversized plate, made it kind of laughable.
The size of an entree’ usually doesn’t get to me if the food is actually good. The hype and talk-up of the menu had me expecting to be eating something grand! This really wasn’t the case for the chicken or the veal. Presentation was decent but the flavor wasn’t there. After discussing it for a bit we concluded that the meats had to have been boiled and then braised before serving–sucking every bit of flavor out of the meats. The chicken could have been saved by a nice sharp cheese or a better pepper dressing–something to surprise me. The veal’s marsala sauce was nice but the meat, again, was lackluster. It could have been tofu with the same result.
Verdict: Unfulfilled Potential
I really don’t like to give a place a bad review. If there’s one thing that I’m optimistic about, it’s food. Joya’s has such great potential with it’s location, atmosphere and menu style but the food should always be the priority and it’s just falling short. All of the pieces are there–but no one’s playing. I would love to see this place grow and really become something but for now I have to say pass. If you’re adventurous maybe try it for lunch or wait until someone else is paying!