After an unsuccessful attempt at finding a table through their online reservation system, we proceeded to book for the following Friday. Upon confirmation, we eagerly waited for the end of the week to roll around.
We began our trek to the restaurant after a brief moment of shopping, and were already intrigued upon nearing the front. The windows had been opened to let in cool gusts of wind from time to time as diners happily chatted away inside.
Not even two minutes had passed before setting our belongings on the chair, and another girl came up to us, equally friendly if not even more so. A sophisticated array of hors d'oeuvres had been placed on a nearby table, adjacent to two already-opened wine bottles, and she graciously offered some to us, explaining that it was a sample of one of their steaks entrees. It was absolutely scrumptious!
We were seated at a roomy table, initially meant for four people.
We were first asked about drink choices, and the iced tea was brought over decently quickly. All was good at this point.
Since the menu was a bit much to take in all at once, we had to send the waitress back a single time before we could determine on which dishes to order. The ordering process itself was rather swift, mainly because she forgot to ask about the preferred level of rarity for one of the steaks, and about some add-ons.
At this point, we finally had a chance to take in our surroundings: JOEY consisted of a semi-open dining section (near the front), a sports bar area, a general drinking area with a large monitor, and a dining section. The restaurant also had an upper level, for purposes of which I'm uncertain of, as well as a "Private Dining" section, presumably for those wishing for a more tranquil experience.
I must remark: despite the substantial amount of people residing in the restaurant, and the amount of conversation that was being held, each table was still peaceful enough to have a deep conversation with the person opposite of you.
We ordered a Peppercorn New York and a Herb Crust Salmon, followed by a Molten Lava Chocolate Souffle.
The full album, consisting of a larger range of high quality images, can be found HERE!
The only minor blemish was, as mentioned before, our server. We had requested iced tea refills, but she had disappeared for a good fifteen minutes before our cups were rendered un-empty. The second time we requested for a refill, only one of our cups had been filled, and the other glass did not arrive until another ten minutes later.
Overall, it was an amazing experience, more mindblowingly amazing that I would've expected.
An interesting part of going to JOEY was visiting the washroom. Located approximately some 36+ metres and two flights of stairs away from the dining area, the journey was accompanied by slightly humourous signs along the way.
JOEY provided me with the one of the best dining experiences I've ever had in Toronto, and that's saying a lot considering I'm an extremely picky eater, and an even pickier critic of food display. This was my first time, but it certainly won't be my last.