What a fantastic restaurant!
The food is universally stunning (more detail to come) and the staff are just brilliant. The atmosphere is fab, and the location was perfect for us.
We hadn't booked, and yet were shown to a table with no problem at 18:45 on a very busy Friday night. The staff were attentive and very polite, providing informative opinions on the difference between the three Peroni's on offer, and were quick to bring us our drinks. They stock the best pear cider I've ever found - Wyld Wood Pear Cider - which I've now had to order direct from the brewery as it's not stocked back home in Essex.
We were served complimentary focaccia while we waited for our starters, and it set the tone of things to come; s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g. The home made bread alone is worth going to this place for, but it just got better and better!
We decided to order two seafood starters and split them between us; this request, normally frowned upon by establishments in my experience, was welcomed, and we were even provided with two small plates to facilitate. We had a prawn dish, and a calamari one. They were both chargrilled to perfection, and beautifully served. Huge prawns, served shell on in a light garlic and chilli butter, and two rolls of calamari, both with rocket garnishes. Fabulous.
Mains were a further delight; I had a lovely seafood linguini and Mum had seabass on a bed of vegetables. Both were fresh and perfect. We also ordered a side salad (rocket & parmesan), and a side of chips; everywhere offers chips, but not everywhere does them right. Joya did good chips; twice cooked, served in a small basket, crunchy and fluffy in all the right places.
We had a relaxed break between main and dessert, in which we weren’t pressured to have our table turned. The desserts on offer were furiously tempting; I had a Limonchello cheesecake & mum indulged in The Real Italian Ice Cream Company’s pistachio ice cream. Lovely lovely!
The entirety of our evening was perfect. The male owner (we think) was a darling of a man who when it got quieter, in the latter part of the evening, told us all about Bath, Bath rugby club and the local area. None of the staff could be faulted at all, everybody was gorgeous. It seems traditional on Trip Advisor to discuss toilets; Joya’s toilets are down a very cute spiral staircase and are immaculate. Nice big mirror, two stalls and 2 modern sinks.
If this restaurant was in my home town, we would be in there once a week. Residents if Bath, I entreat you to fill this place up to the rafters so tourists like me can’t get a table. It’s so very worth it.
Two people, three courses, plus multiple drinks was about £85. And on that basis, I vote it to be the best value restaurant in Bath.
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