I am honouring a request sent by an avid reader/bossy Pom, I am hereby writing a review of Jojo’s restaurant in Crawley. I have eaten there twice in my lifetime – the first was for my cousin’s wedding, the second was for my birthday lunch the other week. Actually, I lie. I believe I had a milkshake there when I was approximately 14, one day while going for my weekend bike ride with my best friend. That was over 10 years ago and I can’t say that milkshake is sticking out in my brain as one of the best milkshakes I have ever consumed so I will leave it for now. The main focus of this entry is the aforementioned birthday lunch.
Most Mondays and Wednesdays I sit by the river side consuming my spinach, feta, avocado and tomato salad (followed by a banana and washed down with water), just down from Jojo’s and watch as fancy-pants business people head to the restaurant to wine and dine their colleagues. On my birthday, I was one of those fancy-panters as my UWA workmates and I went to celebrate three September birthdays. The view isn’t bad – situated at the end of a jetty on the Swan river – although the fleet of over-priced, under-used boats nestled at the jetty blocked any views across the water. Service was very friendly and considering our large table the food arrived quickly and without problems.
So here we go. Food. Before we headed down to the restaurant we pre-ordered our mains. I hate doing this mostly because I like spending at least 10 minutes watching food come out of the kitchen to catch a glimpse of what I could be eating. My inability to witness the food resulted in me choosing the wrong option. I ordered the gourmet burger. With chips. And camembert. It was the cheese that made me do it. The rest of the menu didn’t excite me to a great extent – very basic brasserie food including a prawn and avocado salad (which is apparently a winner but I hate prawns), chicken Caesar and a basic selection of pastas. The burger was ok – the highlight being the ‘home made relish’ which had a great tang to it. The meat patty was ok but nothing amazing and the bread roll was very average. Can’t say I noticed the cheese apart from the greasy remains on my plate. I wouldn’t rush back to Jojo’s – I didn’t really enjoy my burger and there wasn’t really anything else on the menu that interested me. Considering it is supposed to be a well-to-do place, the food was quite average and I expected more. I’d love to be able to write about the dessert I had, except I didn’t have one. No cake on my birthday?!?! Thankfully there were three cakes (Mum’s sponge with cream and strawberries, my aunt’s AMAZING chocolate brownie, and a berry tart from Jean Claude’s) waiting for me at home which went down very nicely. So over all I’d say I prefer my usual lunch time seat with a non-blocked view and simple yet tasty salad. Followed by cake, preferably.