Brasserie Jo Revives the Jazz Age
Ah, Paris in the 1920’s. The gilded Jazz Age hopping with wild parties, strong booze, and artistic enlightenment. Perhaps cliché, but as an arts geek, this is my favorite era. I get the warm tingles thinking about the shenanigans I might get into during a night out with Zelda Fitzgerald. Alright, so I’ve seen Midnight in Paris an unnatural number of times. Guilty. Regardless, I found a spot right in Boston that will tickle Jazz Age enthusiasts like myself. Brasserie Jo serves classic regional French fare in a sophisticated vintage setting.
Brasserie Jo’s upscale atmosphere pays a subtle homage to the art deco movement with geometric, streamlined details. However, the most notable artistic tribute to the era is a gorgeous wall mural featuring a chic Parisian party scene with posh flappers and the flirty flâneur.
The vintage atmosphere doesn’t make for a dated menu. Brasserie Jo offers scrumptiously exciting contemporary touches to classic regional dishes. I started with crisp carrots sticks dressed in a tangy mustard vinaigrette- a light start that perfectly paired with their warm and crusty baguette. The cocktail list is a collection of timeless beverages and modern concoctions. To be consistent with the setting, I went for the classic French 75. It packed a tasty punch. The restaurant is also known for their draft beer, but I stuck to the hard stuff.
After stuffing myself full of baguette, I transitioned to a hearty dish of Chicken Coq au Vin with Alsace Kneffla, which is a gently fried dumpling. Divine. The savory wine-braised chicken dish was plentiful and filling. I couldn’t finish, a shame since the chicken slipped from the bone. Equally sad was leaving kneffla behind. It made me wish I could have some with every meal!
Although this time around the spread was considerably more conservative than usual, the meal left me blissfully satisfied. In these chilly months, there is little that can comfort more than a crock of Coq au Vin. Brasserie Jo respects the mainstays of French regional cuisine, converging the past and present with modern nuances. Close your eyes, and you might just imagine Josephine Baker dancing the Charleston across the room.
À la prochaine.
120 Huntington Ave.