REVIEW: Joey D’s Oak Room, Perimeter Mall, Dunwoody, DeKalb
Sometimes we happen upon things and it turns out great. Other times, not so much. Joey D’s Oak Room is a concept from CentraArchy Restaurants that also owns California Dreaming, New York Prime, and The Tavern at Phipps. Joey D’s Oak Room is known for it’s aged steaks and seafood in an upscale setting. We loved the architecture of the restaurant and the service was very good.
We started out with the She Crab Soup. This was really, really good. The flavor was excellent as was the consistency of the soup. There was delicious pieces of crab in each bite. We couldn’t wait for our entrees.
Melanie ordered the Lobster Ravioli and I ordered the Spicy Shrimp with a side of linguine. I also ordered a couple of sides for the table – Creamed Spinach and Corned Beef Potato Salad.
I loved the Spicy Shrimp. They were seasoned nicely with the perfect amount of heat and had a great flavor that brought out the natural flavor of the shrimp. This is where everything began to derail.
Melanie’s Lobster Ravioli was spicy. The menu said nothing about it but the server said there was cayenne pepper in it when we asked about it. Perhaps we should have asked our usual question “is there anything spicy in this dish?”. Or maybe we shouldn’t have to ask and dishes that have something as spicy as cayenne pepper are described that way on the menu? In any event, our server handled the change promptly and professionally. Melanie ordered Peel and Eat Shrimp and the Lobster Ravioli was removed from the bill. I had thought the meal was salvaged, but things still didn’t go well.
Unfortunately, the Peel and Eat Shrimp (not pictured) struck out too. Granted, they normally serve it cold and Melanie prefers shrimp served hot. Its easy to tell shrimp that are well kept, well prepared, and served promptly. Simply put, they are a pleasure to peel. When you find shrimp that are hard to peel, it’s a sign something has gone wrong. They’re not fresh or they sat too long after cooking. Melanie think they probably had shrimp in the kitchen and rather than cooking fresh shrimp they tried to warm up the cold shrimp. Bad idea. Whatever the excuse is, these shrimp should never have left the kitchen.
The sides were equally unimpressive. The Alfredo sauce for the linguine had an odd flavor that had a bite I found particularly disagreeable. The Creamed Spinach was powerful on the parmesan and not much else totally lacking flavor and seemingly the taste of spinach. The Corned Beef Potato Salad was lackluster at best and though it sought greatness, it failed. Bland and tasteless, the scallions could not muster the troops and contributed nothing but confusion to an already desperate situation.
I’ve heard friends rave about Joey D’s Oak Room. Maybe we just ordered the wrong menu item(s) but if you can’t serve it properly, for God ‘s sake remove it from the menu. We found Joey D’s Oak Room to be a disappointment and think your money would be better spent elsewhere. Guten appetit!