Lines around the corner this weekend, and full house inside. Clearly they are starting off well. Thanks for any intel.
Sure I’ve been there - in November last year, but haven’t been back since.
Joy is the sister restaurant to Pine & Crane in Silver Lake. The food is pretty good, but just not quite as good as Pine & Crane in its prime.
I agree, and I find them to be over-rated.
Agree with the above. They get a lot of love from food media types, but I’d always rather drive to the SGV
Went last year and agree with everything everybody else has said.
I’ve only been once, but here are the impressions of myself and my cousin, both from Taiwanese families who go to Taiwan regularly.
Credible: Pancake with egg (chili sauce and basil a must); slack season noodles.
Meh: Spicy shrimp wontons (flavoring was atypical); hot & sour soup (flavors muted); mapo tofu (flavors muted); simple greens (texture too stringy); scallion bread (dry).
Overall, agree with others – plenty of places in SGV that I’d rather eat at.
The food there isn’t bad and perfectly serviceable, but I would rather eat in SGV and bypass the crowd.
To those recommending the SGV, where do you suggest as an alternative to Joy?
Chang’an (if you want to pay a bit more for alcohol)
… and probably any Shau Mei (May)
(ironic that this emoji is called “joy”)
Yeah but find me a Taiwanese place in SGV that has Shoulder Pole Noodles and farm-to-table Stir Fry Dragon Whiskers with Hakka Mochi for dessert.
Or even tea from Alishan. You be lucky to find sweet potato leaves.
Maybe the execution is off or inconsistent. I give props to bringing some Taiwanese As F*** food and drinks that even some Taiwanese As F*** places in SGV don’t serve.