Time Out, Eating & Drinking Guide 2012
"It's not the most conspicuous of restaurants (the bottle-blue frontage is easily overlooked amid Westow Hill's clutter of pubs and plumbing shops), but Joanna's has been bringing a slice of the high life to one of London's highest points since it opened as an American-style grill and piano bar in 1978 (a framed photo of Frank Sinatra hints at its raucous past).
And there remains a dash of Americana in the deco-style interior - walls replete with modern art of the Vettriano variety, long bar gleaming and ceiling fans whirring, wooden floor set with champagne buckets and patrolled by smart, black-shirted staff - but the laid-back vibe and brasserie menu is resolutely European.
Our starter of beetroot carpaccio with goat's cheese fritters was excellent, its earthiness contrasting wonderfully with the sweetness of a raisin, orange and pine nut dressing. Also superb was a main of spiced duck confit in a sweet citrus sauce with wilted chard and mash - the duck skin perfectly crisp, the meat melting off the bone. An Aberdeen Angus burger with cheese and bacon was juicy and generous, and suggests that the founders' affection for Stateside cuisine hasn't entirely been forgotten."
How To Find Us
Parking and Taxis
Joanna’s has a small car park, which holds ten cars (if sensibly parked) to the rear of the restaurant. Access is gained from Westow Hill. If using the car park please inform us of the make, model and colour of your car upon arrival.
If you should require a taxi for your onward journey please let us know as early as possible as to ensure prompt arrival.
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