***UPDATED 9-11-2019: Jouney is permanently closed***
Restaurant: Jouney Mediterranean Cafe and Restaurant
Event: Wine & Dine media event
Restaurant type: Mediterranean, Lebanese, cafe during the day and 5@7 vibes at night
Prices: 5$-29$ dishes
Date: Wednesday May 2nd 2018
My favorite dish: Lahmajin manouche
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Jouney’s Wine & Dine media event, organized by Frenzr. The event was planned to showcase Jouney’s new late night menu and Lebanese wines. We were able to sample not only their new menu, but also some staples like fattoush and hummus.
Our first point of contact, aside from the ladies of Frenzr, was Patrick, the owner of Jouney. We spent a few minutes with him, learning a bit about Jouney, the concept and the new menu, before tasting some Lebanese wines. I opted for the Château Ksara Blanc de Blancs white wine (as I don’t drink red) and it reminded me of a Chardonnay, which is not my favorite, but it was still good. (After checking the SAQ’s website, I can confirm that this wine is 60% Chardonnay. Wine recognition points for me).
To begin the evening, platters of fattoush salad (romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, radish) went around, which were good and refreshing. The ingredients were very fresh and the dressing was great, but the salad could have used more salt and seasoning.
Next up was the platters of tabouleh (chopped parsley, tomatoes), which was also very good and refreshing. Here too, the ingredients were very fresh, but again, it could have used some more salt and seasoning.
After that, rounds of beautiful beet hummus and traditional hummus were served. I found the beet hummus very interesting and a nice twist on traditional hummus, with a touch of sweetness from the beets and a beautiful color. The traditional hummus was good too, but I would have preferred it with a lot more garlic, as I couldn’t taste it. Both hummus had a very nice and smooth texture.
After the cold dishes, it was time for the warm dishes. First up were the Kaftas in tomato sauce which were very good, but they could have used a bit more salt. The meat and seasoning tasted great, as did the homemade tomato sauce they were baked in.
Afterwards we tasted the Falafel with tahini sauce which were excellent. They are oven baked, which is a plus, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The tahini sauce was also delicious and overall it was a perfectly balanced dish.
The Chicken shawarma with garlic sauce was also excellent and definitely one of my favorites of the night. The chicken was very flavorful, moist, juicy and tender and it was even better dipped in some garlic sauce which was very well balanced (not overpowerful and too garlicky).
The Zaatar and cheese manouche – a flat bread with cheese on the inside – was another favorite of mine because it was so good. The same goes for the Lahmajin manouche, a flat bread with meat, onion, and tomato on the inside, which was also delicious and my favorite dish of the night. It reminded me of gozlemes that I used to eat at a Turkish stall in a market in Perth, Australia. The flavors and spices on the meat were all perfect, I just wish there had been more! Unfortunately, no photos of these bad boys.
To finish things off, a Nutella manouche was served as dessert. This manouche was also very good, a great way to end the night. It was not too sweet, yet still had that delicious Nutella taste to it.
Overall, we had a lovely evening at Jouney, sampling their new menu and wines and catching up and meeting some fellow foodies! I can concur, Jouney’s new late night menu is very tasty, especially the delicious chicken shawarma! I also loved the manouche, which I must go back and eat very soon! Jouney is the perfect day time cafe, or new 5@7 spot if you’re looking for a something different than your typical bar and speed rail cocktails.
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*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.
*All photos and comments are mine