Dot Com Lunch At Joey Bentall One

Joey's at Bentall 1

Joey started life as Joey Tomato’s but since most of the dishes didn’t really have tomatoes in them, the name was changed to Joey Restaurants. Today, everyone just call it Joey. Joey restaurants are part of the Fuller family of restaurants. In addition to Joey, the Fuller family also owns Earl’s, Townhall, Satlik Steakhouse, 50% of Cactus Club Cafe and who knows how many other restaurant operations.

Joey has 16 locations in Canada, with three of them being in Vancouver (they also have three locations in Washington State). We had lunch at the Joey located inside the Bentall One tower in downtown Vancouver. The restaurant is extremely big and I can only imagine what the rent must be like since the Bentall buildings are very prestigious. Not that Joey would have any problems paying the rent. The place was completely packed at lunch time as the suits from the Bentall towers came down to eat.

It’s clear the Fullers spared no expense creating Joey at Bentall One. The room is very expansive with 20 foot high ceilings and a huge bar with rows of plasma screens housed in wooden gold frames. Joey follows the tried and tested Fuller formula for successful restaurants – staff it with lots of hot young girls! It’s not politically correct but you can’t argue with the effectiveness.

Because we showed up right at the lunch time rush, we had to wait a bit for a table. This really wasn’t that bad because a hostess came and offer us a of glass wine and an appetizer to munch on while we were waiting. I don’t know if Joey does this for everyone or just for bloggers who will blog about them. Anyway, on to the lunch!

Wild & Creamy Mushroom Soup

Joey's at Bentall 1

I started with the wild and creamy mushroom soup with hint of sherry. It came with a huge wedge of garlic bread. If you’re on a low carb diet, I recommend skipping the bread and just having the soup, which was really good.

Lobster Ravioli

Joey's at Bentall 1

Lobster ravioli stuffed with Atlantic lobster, crab, shrimp and ricotta cheese in a lemon dill cream sauce. This was a pretty good dish but I had trouble tasting the lobster. I might have placed too high an expectation on it because I was using the butternut squash ravioli from Cactus Club as a reference. Still, it was very enjoyable.

My lunch at Joey came to $34 with tax and tip, which is pretty expensive for a lunch but considering the powerhouse downtown location and wall to wall eye candy, you can’t really complain.

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30 thoughts on “Dot Com Lunch At Joey Bentall One”

  1. chester says:

    Joey’s is pretty good food. They screw up often enough but make up for it by giving free food so I’ll keep going back. That place is busy!

    1. But without video, food posts is looking very empty.

      John please add video.

  2. Foodstuff look so delicious .i think that place also busy .

  3. Food looks tasty! 😀

  4. neelmoney says:

    Your food Pictures makes me crazy ! Oh john I have to go now to search for the hotels near me.

  5. Custom Essay says:

    Glass of wine while waiting for the table? WOW John… i never heard this kinda service before. It’s the way, we should treat our customers.

  6. Melvin says:

    delicious.. wish there’s something like that here in Philippines.. 😀

  7. It looks like they have TVs tuned to different channels. Do they have the volume up on all of them? I guess it would sound like racket in there.

    Also, did you tell them beforehand that you were going to write a review of their restaurant?

    1. John Chow says:

      All the TVs are muted. They have music playing through loudspeakers. The volume depends on the time. During night times, it can get pretty loud.

  8. Jason says:

    The place looks like somewhere you’d go with your business mates to eat or meet.

    Not too keen on how the second place looks, although i’m sure its tasty 🙂

  9. mmo says:

    No pictures of the babes?

    1. John Chow says:

      Oh I got pictures but this is a food review, not a babe review. 😛

      1. Yeap, it is a food review, so john chow must put the picture of food replace the babe picture

        1. Melvin says:

          lols @johnchow.. maybe next time babe review? 😀

          1. ibnu says:

            babe review with a twist…. haha.. 🙂 more traffic…

  10. Nick says:

    Oh John……your food looks really tasty!

  11. I used to live in Yaletown and eat at those yuppie places all the time. Good tasting food but the portion size just was never enough for me. I always felt like I had to spend $60 and get two meals for myself.

  12. Wow, Where is it the place ? The restoran is selling western food only ? I love drink creamy mushroom soup

  13. Food looks good 🙂

  14. ibnu says:

    maybe you can start your own niche blog about food… that would be awesome john.. 🙂

  15. I’m starving upon seeing those delicious foods…

  16. portable bbq says:

    I’ve been to their related Earl’s restaurants a couple times in Denver, and one thing they definitely have in common with your experience is the hot young wait staff! Also, good drinks and atmosphere at their 2 locations I’ve been to.

  17. This is my first experience of Joey, and I’m sad not to have seen more of the much vaunted waitresses. I’m sure they get tipped really well.

  18. Bidet says:

    The food looks delicious, I would love to eat here.

  19. Wow looks like an amazing place, wish I could join for lunch.

  20. Kate says:

    Wow that food looks so delicious my mouth is watering. Yum!! I would love to go to Joeys Restaurant.

  21. Is it interesting?! I think money better than food…

    More SEO & Blogging & Money Articles, John…

    Not about dining, evening or smth like this.

    Best Regards,
    Joe Black.

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