When out with friends, the Divas have been known to order an entire menu … imagine our excitement when Joverse launched a new idea called The Whole Damn Menu! The concept is simple: the menu has 10+ items, many of which are new, and for only 198$, you can order the whole menu. They recommend that their menu is shared between 5 to 7 people, depending on how hungry you are. And if you don’t want a particular item, no problem, you can replace it with a second helping of a dish you like more. How can you go wrong?
It’s always nice to start with something light at the beginning of a meal and the guacamole at Joverse is just the thing. Served with homemade tortilla chips, the guacamole is light and fresh. Studded with fresh corn, pico de gallo and cotija cheese, it makes for the perfect starter.
The dishes at Joverse are ideal for sharing and there are definitely some standout dishes on the menu. This includes the Hamachi tartare, served on a bed of avocado. The fish was fresh and cut into large chunks. The orange zest really came through but didn’t overtake any of the other flavours, and the matchstick sweet potatoes added a nice crunch along with the toast points.
Instead of the crab cakes, we were treated to lobster cakes. And while we would have liked more lobster in the lobster cake, we still enjoyed the crispy shell and the sweet meat on the inside. We didn’t care for the tomato and red pepper chutney on top, a simple wedge of lemon is all that was needed to enjoy these little cakes.
It would seem that beets are all the rage in restaurants these days. It’s hard to read a menu and not see beets on it. These roasted beets were accompanied by many bold flavours including roasted garlic, balsamic vinegar and feta cheese, but nothing really came through. Overall, it was a surprisingly mild yet fresh dish. We would skip this one on the menu!
“Balsamic roasted beets: Frisée lettuce, pistachio, feta cheese, roasted garlic, balsamic “12
“Philly Cheese: AAA spencer steak, caramelized onion, truffle fondue cheese sauce, brioche” 16$
The mini Philly cheese sandwiches looked promising, however, they fell a little short. The brioche bread was perfect, the steak cooked perfectly, but it lacked salt which made it somewhat bland even with the truffle fondue cheese sauce.
The wings at Joverse are a must! Meaty and perfectly marinated, they carry a nice spicy kick from the gochujang and you’ll be licking your fingers clean, that’s a guarantee. They were served with a ranch dipping sauce that had a nice tang and cooled off the heat from the wings.
The bavette is another dish that really grabbed our attention. Perfectly cooked to medium rare, it was tender and flavourful and barely needed the accompanying cognac and green peppercorn sauce. It was served with buttermilk mashed potatoes, with lots of toppings to add more flavour. Definitely a satisfying dish.
There are two tacos on the menu, brisket and shrimp. The brisket tacos are very flavourful and a little on the spicy side. And they definitely over stuff the taco shell. The shrimp tacos have beer battered shrimp, much like a fish n’ chips batter, and still remain tender. But we would have appreciated more than one shrimp per taco.
There are more items on the menu, such as their ramen bowl, as well as a Diva favourite, buratta. If you’re looking for something different and like sharing plates, Joverse’s new The Whole Damn Menu concept is perfect for a night out with friends.
Our Rating: As Expected
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