A non-descript modern Mediterranean restaurant tucked in a Gemmill Lane alley
We have loved Moosehead for a long time, so we have been absolutely delighted by the arrival of the more upscale sister restaurant Maggie Joan's, a narrow and beautifully decorarated hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, accessible only via the alley behind Amoy Street, now home to a row of cool restaurants. The space, while intimate, is rather non-descript with typical wooden furniture and raw, exposed bricks. They serve up modern, aesthetically driven plates like Hamachi crudo, pickled tomato and basil, Inka roasted cauliflower, and the egg dukkha & saffron mayo.
The father-and-son team behind Moosehead expands their Mediterranean reach with this hidden restaurant. We don't blame you if you can't find the entrance as it's located in a back alley of Gemmill Lane behind a non-descript metal door. The decor may not be mindblowingly creative, with its exposed brickwork and worn-in wooden banquettes, but the modern Mediterranean food by Chef Oliver Hyde, formerly of Pollen, seems interesting enough to warrant a visit. A cool space like this is a good option if you're looking to impress and up your street cred among your friends and dates, with fresh dishes of yellowtail sashimi with brandade ($22), egg with dukkah and saffron mayo ($6), roast bass with pesto ($28), and grilled Iberico pork jowl with prunes and cauliflower ($34). Having said that, the space is pretty lush—dotted with potted plants, ceramicware and even chandeliers.