Joe Allen is an American brasserie which first opened in the heart of Theatreland in Covent Garden in 1977. It has recently moved a few doors down to Burleigh Street and the new restaurant offers a two tiered dining experience with a live pianist and quirky theatre decor.
It is a sister restaurant to the original New York site and is named after its owner and creator. It is one of the few restaurants I have visited that has long term staff remaining in the management (one for 29 years!)- clearly a great sign! On that note, the staff were very friendly throughout the evening, which always adds to the experience.
We started off with some cocktails – TRIPLE RUM PUNCH Havana Club, Captain Morgan,, Sailor Jerry, pineapple, coconut, lime and DARK AND STORMY Sailor Jerry, bitters, lime – both really good and the triple rum punch went a little to my head!
On to the main event, for starters we had the Seared tuna loin with wasabi, avocado purée and cucumber salsa and Crispy Baby Squid – both were tasty and flavoursome.
For mains, we had the Joe Allen hot dog hickory smoked beef and pork sausage,
mustard pickles and French fries, which was a traditional dish, the Grilled swordfish
with crushed new potatoes, cucumber and salsa verde and Chicken parmigiana
with tomato and basil ragout and buffalo mozzarella. All dishes were decent portions and pretty delicious! I didn’t have room for dessert but I have been told the pecan pie is spot on.
If you want to save a bit of money then I recommend the special pre-theatre set menu where you can get 2 courses for £15.95 or 3 courses for £18.95.
Overall, it was a nice atmosphere with some lovely staff and traditional American dishes.