Mouthwatering Meze, Lunchtime at JoJos

I’ve already splashed snippets of my graduation around the blog and around Twitter, but have so far neglected THE most important part of any Graduation Day. Not the modelling of the ceremonial gowns, not the collection of our degree certificates and nope, not even the end of my university career. It’s all about the post-graduation meal.

Traditionally this meal is a gift from the parents celebrating three or four years of your hard work. Graduates are treated to slap-up meals and the tables in the best restaurants in town are heaving with proud families popping bottles of champers. Except, like me, my parents like to do things a little differently. With this in mind we left the packed eateries in Canterbury and headed down the coast to Tankerton.

I’ve mentioned JoJos in my previous post about Whitstable (catch it here) when my boyfriend and I treated ourselves to lunch in their fabulous cafe. However, now with the parents in tow, we had decided to sample their highly commended lunch menu in their restaurant. We had heard so many things about JoJos, their restaurant spread in particular and so had high expectations. Their menu can change daily as they only use locally sourced ingredients although their meze style menu includes dishes from all over the world, featuring cuisines from Greece and Spain to name a few.

As it was my Graduation Day, we had to start with some bubbly, it would be rude not to…

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The waiting staff were very helpful in explaining their slightly complicated menu. The dishes work the same way as tapas, with the table ordering together and sharing each order. The dishes were brought out randomly and you could add to the order at any time if you were feeling a little peckish. The menu was eclectic featuring meat, fish, cheese and bread plates with prices ranging from £3.95 to £11 per dish. We began by ordering the mixed meze, minted lamb, cod goujons and patatas bravas (potatoes with tomato sauce). The wait flies past when you’re accompanied with a front row view like this.

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When the mixed meze platter arrived we were astounded. Even if none of it tasted any good, the look alone was mouthwatering enough!

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The platter was stuffed from end to end with local cheese, cured meats, dips (Tzatziki to rival the Greeks, Taramasalata and Hummus) and smoky olives. We dove in.

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It was all the better washed down with the gorgeously sparkly Prosseco.

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When we had licked the platter dry, the next plates arrived. I am ashamed to say that we polished these off before I had a chance to take any snaps. Just take my word for it, they were superb. The lamb with a mint sauce dip was probably the best I have ever tasted.

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Rubbing our satisfied stomachs, we were shown the dessert board. I’m not usually one to have desserts in restaurants, I’m much more of a savoury kind of girl, but when I saw that they had pavlova- my all time favourite dessert- I couldn’t resist. It was amazing. A mountain of light, fluffy cream drizzled with cherry sauce and studded with fruit.

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Everyone else’s desserts weren’t too shabby either. They divulged in sorbets, chocolate cake and an impressive lemon posset with shortcake biscuits on the side.

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Still, nobody could beat that pavlova.

As you have probably gathered, I am a massive fan of JoJos with their fresh food and relaxed dining experience. If you ever find yourself in the Whitstable area, or even in Canterbury, then I couldn’t recommend JoJos enough. If you want to dine in the restaurant then you should book ahead as it gets very busy. The restaurant is open Thursdays-Sundays and you can make reservations up to two weeks in advance. For more information, visit their website here.

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