Last night we went to watch Looper (if you haven’t gone to see it yet, I highly recommend you do very soon)!! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a tasty one, yet we still needed some real food, and so we made a choice from the dining options in Elements Mall. We usually go to Prime Steak House because we know it’s good, and it’s always the busiest restaurant in Civic Square, which is always a good sign. However, we wanted to try something different this time, and when I asked PB if he fancied Western or Asian f0od, he replied “Something good”.
Well, despite the large number of restaurant choices in Elements Mall, “something good” usually falls in the Asian category – I find the Western options slightly lacking (unless you go to the Ritz Carlton or the W Hotel of course, but that is a different ball game). After a little research, I happily discovered that Joia is part of the Gaia Group (which includes Va Bene, Gaia, Isola etc. ), and Gaia is one of my favorite restaurants. Of course the downside of this choice would be that I would compare Joia to it’s sister restaurant, but considering that the price point is about the same, I assumed it would be an even comparison.
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
While the bread basket may look pretty, the grissini were stale, and I think I almost broke a tooth on the baguette. It was also the first time that I’ve drank Ferrarelle sparkling water, and it’s the worst sparkling water I’ve ever had. Think sparkling tap water, and stick to San Pellegrino!
The texture of the mozzarella was dry and almost crumbly! Although I would normally say “it’s a Caprese Salad, leave it be as it should be!”, the shredded celery and peppers on top added a welcome crunch, but it couldn’t save an otherwise horrible dish. Who screws up a Caprese Salad?!
The pizza was decent, and you can never go wrong with sausage! The base was light and crispy, and the topping were well balanced. Possibly the least filling pizza I’ve ever had, in a good way.
The ravioli was well cooked and not too thick, but they were stingy with the filling. The artichoke cream had nice depth of flavour and was a nice consistency.
This pudding was the highlight of the meal! Rich, oozing and just the perfect size, punctuated with an occasional banana flavour. The almond milk was yummy too, although the two things together on the same spoon resulted in a reaaaally weird taste!
While the food wasn’t bad per se, it was quite average (click here to see the full menu), and certainly no where near the level of Gaia. If you come with no expectations, then you most likely will have few complaints. We had a nice waiter, service was attentive and courses were served at a decent pace. The setting is intimate and works well for a date, a meal with friends or an informal business dinner. The terrace area is quite pleasant on a cool evening, but 100% pleasure on the terrace might only be enjoyed by smokers, as all of the terrace seating is the smoking area.
The bill came to $1082 for one starter, two mains, one dessert and two glasses of wine, it’s simply too expensive for that quality of food.
Would I go back? N. O. I would most likely try another option, and for a mall, Elements Mall has quite a few of them. The descriptions on the website perhaps makes some of them sound more appealing than they actually are – don’t you just love how Stormie’s is described as a “Western Delicacy”?!
|Shop Name||Floor Location||Telephone||Category||Zone|
|Boulangerie Bo-Lo`GNE||1027||26132525||Supermarkets & Gourmet|
|Cafe Iguana||R004||2196 8733||Western Delicacies|
|Caffè HABITŪ||1001||2196 8466||Cafés|
|Chez Shibata||2003||21968921||Sweets & Confectionary|
|CHIPS REPUBLIC||2132||2581 1887||Cafés|
|dab-pa Peking & Szechuan Cuisine||1047||2196 8699||Asian Delights|
|DONDONYA||2103-04||2196 8589||Asian Delights|
|El Pomposo||R009||2196 8123||Western Delicacies|
|Full Moon||1028B||2955 5113||Asian Delights|
|GODIVA Chocolatier||2004 & 2004||23774836||Sweets & Confectionary|
|Grand Central Bar & Grill||R001||27364888||Western Delicacies|
|Holly Brown||1026||2856 1201||Cafés|
|Häagen Dazs||1106||2196 8328||Sweets & Confectionary|
|Inaniwa Udon‧Nabe||2002||2196 8989||Asian Delights|
|Joia Ristorante Italiano||R010||2382 2323||Western Delicacies|
|Kowloon Tang||R002||2811 9398||Asian Delights|
|LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT||1025||2196 8333||Sweets & Confectionary|
|Lei Garden||2068-70||2196 8133||Asian Delights|
|LGB||2009||2196 8488||Western Delicacies|
|lppei-an Higomonzu(RAMEN & KUSHIYAKI)||1030||2196 8208||Asian Delights|
|Monsieur CHATTÉ||1091A||36203277||Supermarkets & Gourmet|
|nahm||1044-45||2810 7575||Asian Delights|
|PAK LOH CHIU CHOW RESTAURANT||1028D||3691 9168||Asian Delights|
|Papi||R011||2811 2681||Western Delicacies|
|Pret A Manger||1031||2196 8048||Cafés|
|PRIME Steak House | Wine Bar||R008||2810 8585||Western Delicacies|
|Sala Thai||1028A||2609 1898||Asian Delights|
|sen-ryo||1086||2196 8209||Asian Delights|
|Starbucks Coffee||2100B||2697 0533||Cafés|
|Stormies||R005-07||2196 8098||Western Delicacies|
|Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop||1080-82||2327 2628||Asian Delights|
|ThreeSixty||1090||2196 8066||Supermarkets & Gourmet|
|Wang Jia Sha||1068-70||2382 0101||Asian Delights|
|Wild Ginger||2133||2606 4198||Western Delicacies|
|wildfire||1005-06||2196 8099||Western Delicacies|
|Xia Mian Guan||1008||2196 8022||Asian Delights|
|Yu Joy||1028C||2196 8100||Asian Delights|