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Joso's - What's it like?

ddelicious Feb 15, 2011 05:32 AM

The website is a bit unusual. What can you tell me about the food and the ambiance?

202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

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    trane Feb 15, 2011 06:51 AM

    It's boobtastic.

    And the food is good too. I like the squid-ink pasta.

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      ski break Feb 15, 2011 09:12 AM

      Have been there 3 times in the last 2 years. It was excellent but the last time sucked. The service was down 100%. They were busy but they always are. I think the owners have passed the ops down to the kids or were absent...whatever, I would not go back given the service levels.

      Having said that, do go. Joso's has been around for at least 30 years. The food is very good (obviously) or they wouldn"t be here. Go for something off their "Fish selection of the day". They have about 10 different varieties to chose from..get whatever you chose grilled ! MMMM

      Ambience...dull roar and as trane implied, hopefully you will have fond mammaries of the place.

      Bon appetit


      202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

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      1. re: ski break
        ddelicious Feb 15, 2011 09:27 AM

        So yes, this is what I meant by unusual. Is it a place you wouldn't take your parents?

        1. re: ddelicious
          TorontoJo Feb 15, 2011 09:49 AM

          Joso's is actually pretty old school and a fine place to take your parents, assuming your parents wouldn't mind artwork that consists of women's breasts. :)

          But seriously, you'll find lots of couples "of a certain age" at Joso's from the surrounding Annex and Yorkville neighbourhoods.

          202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

          1. re: TorontoJo
            1sweetpea Feb 15, 2011 02:11 PM

            I've been twice. One time was with my husband and his parents and the other time we were with my parents. Both sets of parents were quite fine with having a few giggles over the erotic art then moving past it, so I'd say that as long as your parents aren't super prim and proper and very uptight about nudity, you'll be completely comfortable there, after your initial reaction to the boobfest.

            Joso's knows its way around fish and seafood, for the most part, though you need to be a lover of the clean flavours of olive oil, salt and lemon and not much else adorning fresh fish. Be specific about how you want your fish cooked and served.

            I have heard raves about the squid ink risotto, the fried calamari and the grilled sardines, though both times I went I had whole fish, because they were simply too gorgeous to pass up.

            Be prepared for a deep-pockets meal. The staff is not forthcoming about the prices of the fresh fish and seafood, so if you care, ask politely.

            202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

            1. re: 1sweetpea
              trane Feb 17, 2011 08:10 AM

              ahem $9 for a bottle** of stella artois ahem

              ** bottle, not even a tallboy.

          2. re: ddelicious
            julesrules Feb 15, 2011 03:29 PM

            My mom otoh was put off by the boobs. Just gotta know your audience I guess!

            1. re: ddelicious
              ski break Feb 17, 2011 09:31 AM

              take the parents! It's sensual, like the food. It is definitely not porn as someone posted.


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                CocoTO Feb 18, 2011 06:03 AM

                totally agree .... I've taken my Mom many times and it's definitely art, not porn. And we love sharing the Risotto alla Pescatora

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            Snarf Feb 15, 2011 02:30 PM

            Best calamari in the city. No contest. Yes, it is pricey. I hear they do steaks well, but that would be a crime in a restaurant that does such good things to seafood. Downstairs is considered more prime seating.

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            1. re: Snarf
              Dean Tudor Feb 15, 2011 04:05 PM

              We go once a year for lunch, It's crowded, but not noisy (people don't drink much alcohol at lunch). We always have the fresh fish (grilled, EVOO, lemon, salt, pepper): one fish each. And the calamari. Nothing else except table water. Still, it costs us over $125 a couple.

              Fresh whole fish is more common now than it was 35 years ago. Indeed, when Chiado first opened they did not serve fresh whole fish. Now they do, and so do other Portuguese restos such as Piri Piri. In these places, the fish is almost as good as Joso's and a lot less in price.

              Joso's menu has not really changed since it opened. All the food is good, but pricey. Service depends on time of day, and day of week. The soft porn has never been an issue unless you are REALLY bothered by it. When you eat and talk with friends and relatives and SOs, you don't stare at the walls.

              864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

              202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

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              bytepusher Feb 15, 2011 05:23 PM

              So I wanted to see this website but, oops, they let the domain expire and now someone's squatting it.

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                MeMeMe Feb 18, 2011 06:41 AM

                Food is great. i go there twice a year just for their fried shrimp. And the ambiance is fun - sometimes quiet, sometimes raucous. It's a great place to celebrate a birthday.

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