A few months ago, I had the privilege of dining at Jolie's Bistro. Leading up to my dining experience, I had heard so many different opinions of the food at Jolie"s. I was pumped to actually have time to be able to dine at the restaurant for the first time.
I arrived around noon time for lunch and the traffic in the restaurant was pretty steady. Which in most cases is a good sign. There is seating outside as well, for me that's a plus, because I enjoy sitting outside to eat. When I walked in, I was very impressed with the look of the restaurant. Great looking restaurant. The restaurant has the elegant feel but with a relaxed environment. The restaurant itself was very welcoming. I was greeted by a very kind hostess. She had a very pleasant attitude.
I was seated in an elevated section of the restaurant in a booth area. Very comfortable area. I had an opportunity to gaze at the menu and there were several entrees that stood out to me. It was a little hard to decide what to order. Lol.
The waiter came to the table and I must say that he wasn't very friendly at all. As the time, went on, I thought maybe he would warm up. Unfortunately, he didn't and his service was no better than his attitude. Which you would think in such an elegant and sophisticated restaurant that service would be top on their list, but I guess not.
I noticed that there was bread on the table next to me, so I asked the guy if he could bring me some bread to my table. I was a little confused as to why the table next to me had bread and they came in after me. I don't know if it's upon request or what? Normally bread comes out to every table but hmmm, some way, I was missed.
I will say that the bread (pictured above) was delicious. The butter was homemade and was great! Very good, but it should have been placed on my table without asking.
I decided on the Shrimp and grits for my entree (pictured above). Presentation was very nice. The shrimp was prepared in a delicious brown sauce, with grits and toasted french bread. The shrimp were huge, but a bit overcooked and lacked seasoning. The sauce was very good, I think it was a vinegar base sauce. But it was superb. The grits were good as well. The bread was a little too toasted for my liking, but it was awesome to have to sock up the gravy yum, yum. Overall, my opinion of the shrimp and grits was it was good, but not the best I have had. With all the hype about the restaurant, I was a little disappointed because it was amazing like some people said. I am not saying that I will never go back, but this experience was not that great.
I also tried the mustard green which was prepared with butter, mushrooms, onions, cubed ham. It was awful. The dish was tough, lacked seasoning in a huge way. Omg. Awful. They should definitely remove that item from the menu or consider tweaking the dish.
One thing that I thought was cool, was that the kosher salt is served in a silver bowl with a spoon. Cool idea.
Overall I will rate Jolie's Bistro as just ok. Maybe the dinner and brunch menu, food and service is better. So I will try this place again, but my first impression of this place was not that great.
I definitely believe they need some help in the service department. Jolie's may have had a bad day so I won't hold it completely against them.