by JoJo's • News on August 8, 2010
The new JoJo’s Coffee Shop is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 5pm.
We stock a wide range of coffees and teas, freshly squeezed fruit (and veg!) juices, quality fizzy soft drinks, home-made food and cakes, gorgeous quiches, crunchy salads and loads of other yummy stuff that we’ll make as our mood suits us – you’ll just have to come in regularly and see what we’re up to! It’s a new venture for us so we are really excited and can’t wait to serve you!
A Taste of the Seaside
It’s a boon that JoJo’s is even open – the owners were considering going travelling. But business in their new restaurant on Whitstable’s Marine Parade is booming. They moved to this bigger site this year but remain on first-name terms with most of their customers, which adds to the living-room-meets-supper-club feel. Dishes such as calamari, chargrilled sardines, mutton koftas and meze are prepared in front of you. JoJo’s is great value for such a trendy seaside resort – and it’s BYO, too. If you’re too late to get a booking, grab a sandwich at their coffee shop.
Published: August 2010. © The Guardian
by JoJo's • News on July 18, 2010
For 2010 JoJo’s has replaced our bottled water range with Frank ethical water. Frank was founded by Katie Alcott in 2005, after she visited India and contracted dysentery after drinking dirty water. Coming back to the UK she realised that by selling ethical bottled water she could use the profits to fund new clean water facilities for villages in need.
We had a great review in Observer Food Monthly from Jay Rayner (see below) as part of an article on the best places to eat this summer. Click here to read it online on the observer.com website, you have to scroll down a bit, or we have quoted it below.
That JoJo’s still exists to be recommended feels like something of a miracle. Chef Nikki Billington and her partner Paul Watson had always made running a restaurant feel less like a business venture and more like a jolly jape. They talked regularly of shutting up shop and going travelling again, and most of the time a meal at the original JoJo’s – named after Nikki’s brother – felt like a long boisterous lunch, and to hell with the inevitable hangover. But they are still in business, indeed even more so. The first JoJo’s was on a shopping parade looking inland. Now they have moved around the corner to what was once a small supermarket looking out to sea, with a terrace up front to take in the view of the waters off the north Kent coast.
The food suits the view. It is for the most part Mediterranean with a little emphasis on Greece and Spain, and a lot of fish. No one understands deep-fat frying better than Nikki: her calamari, often served straight onto a wooden board from the hot oil, are the freshest and crispest you will ever try. She also does wonderful things with deep fried courgettes and garlic mayo or arancini – risotto balls – flavoured with pea and mint. Meat dishes are terrific, too. But what will stay with you is the atmosphere: of good food being enjoyed with the very minimum of fuss.
Published: June 2010. © Observer Food Monthly
by JoJo's • News on May 9, 2010