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“Imagine a land untouched by small plates, sliders and kimchi cocktails – in this land you’ll find Joanna’s”, writes a fan. The ol' piano may be long gone, but a Rat Pack vibe lives on at this aptly named all-day brasserie with its “quietly classy” wood-panelled surrounds, ceiling fans and impressive cocktail bar. More than 30 years on, Crystal Palace locals still seek comfort in well-sourced steaks, burgers and “char-grilled Americana”, but there's plenty more to pique the interest. The Selsey crab mac ‘n’ cheese sounds fun, likewise roast pork belly with caramelised black pudding, savoy cabbage and grain mustard sauce. Off-peak deals major in nostalgia, daily breakfasts bring a dose of stateside indulgence, and Saturday brunch is a winning affair topped off by “towering” chocolate sundaes., Drinks include some of the best vodka-espresso shots in SE19, and service can’t be bettered – “whatever the occasion”.

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56 Westow Hill ,London SE19 1RX

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Dinner à deux: smart steaks and old-school service

by   platinum reviewer (70)

Jul 2015

Editor's pick Imagine a land untouched by small plates, sliders and kimchee cocktails. In this land, you will find Joanna’s. It’s an old-fashioned Crystal Palace institution, keeping the neighbourhood in steaks, burgers and chargrilled Americana for the last 35 years. Don’t expect a diner - it’s a quietly classy environment that’s smart but not fusty. Having enjoyed a couple of decent dinners here in the past, I booked lunch after a three-year hiatus. Staff are still decked out in brasserie chic (starched...

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The Cheese's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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    Foodie Force :: Foodie Force: Joanna's Restaurant

    Joanna's restaurant on Crystal Palace high street has been a FoodieForce family favourite for years. My parents used to take me there as a child and it holds some wonderful memories for me.

    The restaurant was set up in 1978 by the Ellner family and has been a neighbourhood favourite ever since. There lovely son William runs the restaurant now.

    The restaurant can best be described as modern British cuisine. Once through the front door you are taken into a friendly bar where people come to relax after a hard day’s work with a wonderful cocktail.The restaurant has dark wooden panelling and beautiful...
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