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{Joie; meatless dining concept}

J & I were invited to try out the dishes at Joie, 
a restaurant that offers meatless dining concept. 
The restaurant is very well furnished, giving it a really glamorous edge. 

I really like how the rooms have glass panels which allows diners to enjoy the beautiful scenery :)

After everyone was seated,
We were given a very detailed description on the various dishes.

The order of the various courses are:
Divine (appetizer); Chef's Selection of Assorted Platter
Awakening (only available for dinner)
Crescendo (main course)
Sweet Endings (dessert); Chef Dessert Platter
Potion (drink)

The appetiser & dessert were actually a mystery so we had to wait&see!

Our appetiser turned out to be this gorgeous dish:

I've never been to a restaurant that has a really glamorous and fancy ring to it
so the fact that the plating of this dish was so beautiful was a really good way
to start off my course!

Complimentary passion fruit drinks were served to us
to get rid of the aftertastes of the various dishes!
The sour passionfruit taste was really effective I must say!

THIS ^ is my favourite of the lot! Its called Matsutake Cake which consists of steamed japanese mushroom with rosemary gel, golden enoki and creme patisserie, pistachio crumbs!
I would never have expected a mushroom cake to taste so good!

Everything was about this dish was great. All the flavours went really well together!

The boy had Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella!
It was button mushroom gratin served with a potato puree and focaccia.
I could tell he loved it (well he does love anything and everything with cheese)
just from seeing him devour the dish.
He loves escargot as well and I guess its plus point that the mushrooms looked like escargots
and were served in the distinctive round plates.

This here is called the Zucchini Tower which has creme cheese, truffle mayo, puff pastry,
a beetroot ball and parmesan.
Not really a big fan of the beetroot ball but the puff pastry was well done.
It was surprisingly light despite its look.

The boy had a white asparagus dish (It kinda looked like abstract art!) hah

This dish is called cubes of duo watermelon and its the prettiest dish in my opinion.
I never knew feta cheese, mint glee and balsamic vinegar actually goes well with watermelon!

Look at how pretty this dish is done! 

The Espuma of green tea cappuccino was a kind of soup that was 
actually quite thick. 

Most of the people at our table had the Truffle Risotto and Morel.
I really like how this dish was presented!
By the way, the design on the plate isn't actually part of the plate! 
It was actually hand designed by the Chef which really made the dish 
way more appealing than it already is.

One other had sautéed wild rice which looked really authentic and interesting. 
It gives off a very homely feel heh

Everyone's dishes look so good! 

And finally, my main course has arrived! 
This gives the Matsutake Cake 
a really good run for its money!
Its called trio of spheres which consists of wild mushroom with truffle oil,
pumpkin risotto ball and mozzarella arancini.
& that sauce at the side? 
Its a curry mayonnaise that was really the star of the dish. 
Really happy with how this dish was presented and how it tasted!

The boy loves meat. I mean, LOVES meat. So he got the dish that was 
as closest it gets to meat - Hedgehog Summer Mushroom with celeriac puree. 
Trust me, it really tastes like real meat!
It has this roast chicken texture to it which was really interesting.

For our drinks, I had the ice fruity refresher and 
the boy had ice mallow apple melody.
Both of them were not overly sweet & had bits of fruits within each pot!
The drinks were a good way to end the course.

&of course, lastly, we had an assortment of chocolates to choose from.
There's always room for dessert!

Overall, I really liked the concept of Joie.
 The ambience and food 
was great. Being a restaurant meant for vegetarians and the fact that I love
meat actually made me consider trying this place out but in the end,
I was really satisfied with the service and quality of food provided!
This restaurant gives a great alternative for vegetarians/ vegans. 
I didn't feel as satisfied or full after the meal as I usually would be.
Probably cause of the lack of meat/protein in the dishes 
but it's def an eye opener & a new experience!