Papa Joe’s – SADLY NOW CLOSED
I first visited Papa Joe’s on Dundee’s Whitehall Street in 2005 shortly after I’d spent a fortnight in Cuba. Along with pal Danny, we attended a local junior football match in the afternoon, smoking cigars and drinking Bovril throughout. And you thought me behaving like an insufferable twat was a new development. In the early evening we visited Papa Joe’s and had an enjoyable dinner.
It was fun to reminisce about this with today’s guest quester Pauline, as we sat down for a recent lunchtime visit.
At lunch, there’s a very good range of main course dishes for £5.95 each. That sounded like a good route to success. Pauline opted for the blackened chicken and mushroom linguine tossed with cream and chives, while I chose one of their pizzas.
This place was doing brisk trade so our dishes took a moment or two, but that was entirely acceptable.
When delivered the dishes looked pretty good. Pauline’s seemed a generous portion although by the end there was a lake of oil at the bottom of the bowl, which was less good.
My pizza was a much more sure-footed effort. With a white topping of pesto and creme fraiche it was light and fragrant with a decent base. It made for good eating.
So overall, Papa Joe’s served us pretty nicely. I hear a rumour – which I believe has now come to pass – that Tony Macaroni is poised to take over the site. That will be a shame indeed as this place is a good bit better than Tony’s style of ShItalian fare. But such is the relentless juggernaut of restaurant progress…
Blythe scores Papa Joe’s
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
Today’s questers were: Pauline, Blythe
We ate: linguine, pizza Toscano
We drank: water
We wore: black, blue
Total bill: £11.90
Address: 15 Whitehall Street, Dundee, DD1 4AA