This week's RFT features a review of Joyia Tapas (4501 Manchester Ave.) in the western end of the Grove neighborhood. Joyia owner Chuck Pener is no stranger to the small-plates concept as he's a partner in western-reaches-of-University-City fixture Momos Ouzaria Taverna, which features Greek mezes. Here, the fare comes from a broader Mediterranean geography, also incorporating flavors from Morocco and Italy.
Tapas has been all the rage for a while now, and that's fine by us, just as long as Joyia keeps serving small plates of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine -- Middle Eastern and Northern African as well as southern European. The sprawling menu includes familiar dishes (hummus, gyros, meat and seafood kebabs), as well as more ambitious fare, like the lamb tagine, with the meat, apricot and orange rind in a broth perfumed with saffron, or try the chorizo rollos: miniature burritos with sausage, bean, onion and more wrapped in phyllo. Tapas implies small plates, but many of the dishes are large enough to share...yeah, that's crazy. We wouldn't share, either.