Lorna, Marian, Michelle (Marian’s daughter) and I met up for lunch at JJ’s Restaurant (VCC).
JJ;s Dining Room & Lounge is the practical ground for the Vancouver’s Culinary College.
The restaurant is spacious and the decoration is simple but elegant.
We were seated right in front of a wall TV which has online feed of the kitchen in action.
The table setting is of western style.
Complimentary warm bread and butter to start the meal.
I had the Charred Vancouver Island octoput, chorizo and chick pea stew for appetizer. It is $4. We found that the octopus was a tad too chewy. The chorizo and chick pea stew was good though with a light spiciness in it.
Marian had the soup of the day which was a lentil soup. It was quite bland. The soup is $2.50.
Lorna ordered the Salmon, prawn and scallion cake topped with pea shoots for appetizer. It is $4. This was pretty good as the seafood cake was crunchy on the outside. The Thai lemon grass sauce was slightly tangy and went well with the seafood cake.
Michelle’s appetizer looked the prettiest. The Shrimp and Avocado Salad is $4.00.
For entree, Lorna and Michelle ordered the Lamb cooked two ways. It is $10.00. It is slow cooked leg of lamb and pan roasted loin with rosemary jus.
The lamb is served with a carrot mousse and fried polenta. This dish is worth ordering.
I wanted to order the lamb at first. But since Lorna and Michelle ordered the lamb dish, I ordered something different for the sake of this post. I had the Pappardelle with Ragu of slow braised veal. It is $9.00. The ragu has white wine mushrooms, San Marzano tomatoes and topped with Parmesan. This was just so, so as it was quite bland too.
Marian ordered the Fragrant green Thai curry with chicken. It is served with basmati rice, papadum and mango chutney. This is $9.00. This was also just ok.
I ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. It is served with English custard sauce. It is served warm. This is $3. For those who have sweet tooth, this is a great dessert.
Lorna and Michelle ordered the warm Lemon Souffle Pudding for dessert. Marian decided to share dessert with her daughter. This is $3. It is served with Chantilly cream. This is also pretty good.
Overall, we quite enjoy the meal here except that some of the dishes are quite bland.
JJ’s accepts credit card.
Reservation is recommended.