Jojo’s Bistro & Wine Bar is an upscale wine bar with a bistro style menu. The wine list is well thought-out, the menu is tempting, the food is good and the service OK. Decorated beautifully in light wood and tile, Jojo’s is connected to, and shares a kitchen with, Black & Blue Steak and Crab. I’ve read some reviews that refer to it as a franchise. The same people own a Jojo’s in Rochester, along with Black & Blue and a few others, but I don’t think it’s a franchise. I will say the place almost feels a little like a franchise – clean, well organized and professional.
Squid – lightly fried, sea salt & pepper served with spicy aioli ($9);
Tuna Tartar – Ahi tuna, pico de gallo, & cilantro on crispy wontons with a wasabi guacamole ($11).
For entrees we ordered:
Beef Shortrib – braised, parmesan polenta & porcini cream ($19);
Chicken Cutlet – with arugula greens, lemon vinaigrette & shaved parmesan ($17);
Steak Frites (jojo Classic) – 11oz. sirloin, maitre d’ butter, French fries ($17);
White Truffle & Parmesan French Fries ($5).
Menu Items missed:
Artisan Cheeses are served with warm, sliced baguette, candied pecans & local honeycomb ($5 each).
Forme D’Ambert – France (mild blue cheese: cow)
Drunken Goat – Spain (semi-firm, mild fruity flavor: goat)
Widmer – Wisconsin (rich & nutty 4yr aged cheddar: cow)
Fromager D’Affinois - France (delicate, sumptuous & creamy: cow)
Charcuterie is served with warm, sliced baguette, mustard seed vinaigrette, and cornichons ($4).
Speck -Alto Adige, Italy (pork thigh cured with juniper)
Bresaola – Lombardi, Italy (beef thigh cured with salt & spices)
Cacciatorini – Piedmont, Italy (beef & pork salami)
Wood fired pizzas for $12. Salmon – salmon pan-seared with roasted tomato & poblano pepper mashed potatoes, and sugar snap peas ($23). Sweet Potato Gnocci - hand rolled & tossed in an herbed brown butter with sautéed summer vegetables & a sweet corn cream sauce ($17)
Scene: The interior is very stylish. In my mind it seems more like a wine bar than bistro. For a Tuesday night the place was busy, and a little loud.
Service: The service was young and efficient, maybe spread a little thin.
Clientele: This is pretty much your typical suburban scene with couples of all ages and a few families.
Beverages: As you would expect in a wine bar they have a great selection of wine; many bottles and probably 25ish by the glass. They also offer flights of wine. The wine list changes seasonally. I tried a glass of the Bordeaux blend Chateau Bellevue, France ($8) – outstanding. In addition to any cocktail you can think of, they have a nice selection of beers- 9 on tap and ~20 some in bottle
Final thoughts: Evident by the menu, wine, decor, and sister restaurants these people obviously know the business. If I could change one thing I’d trade a little sparkle for a little more cozy.
Open: Monday-Wednesday 4:00 – 10:00; Thursday 4:00 – 11:00; Friday & Saturday 4:00 – 12:00; Sunday 4:00 – 9:00
Williamsville Place Plaza
5493 Sheridan Drive
Williamsville, NY 14221