Last week I had the opportunity to attend an opening party at Joey Don Mills grill and lounge. Joey is a restaurant from the west coast and now they have a location at the Shops at Don Mills here in Toronto. The menu at Joey Don Mills certainly caught my attention with items such as the ahi tuna tacos, lobster grilled cheese sandwich, butter chicken and penang prawn curry. Chef Chris Mills who appeared on the Japanese version of the Iron Chef created the culturally diverse menu. While at the party I got to sample several of the dishes and they were all good! The two that stood out were the penang prawn curry and lobster grilled cheese sandwich. I have made penang prawn curry before and it is certainly among my favorite dishes! Trying the curry at Joey simply wet my appetite and I whipped up a batch this weekend including making my own penang curry paste from scratch.
If you are interested, I took some photos at the event and posted them to a gallery on flicker: Joey Don Mills Opening Gallery Some interesting thing that they had includes an ice bar for the stella and an enomatic wine dispenser so that every glass of wine is perfectly fresh.
Of course the lobster grilled cheese sandwich was pure decadence! With its perfectly crisp and golden brown crust and its warm an gooey, melted cheesy, lobster filled center... I just had to try making it at home and luckily Chef Chris Mills provided us with the recipe. The recipe for the filling reminds me of a lobster salad and it contains brie for a second cheese and one that will melt really well. How can you go wrong with lobster, mayo, and melted cheesy goodness? This grilled cheese sandwich was so stuffed with cheesy filling that it came out while I was grilling it and the cheese that came out fried, caramelized and stuck to the edges of the bread. (That melted cheese that oozes out and fries and sticks to the edges of the bread is always my favorite part of grilled cheese sandwiches!) The lobster grilled cheese sandwich was so good! If only lobster wasn't so expensive I could make these more often. A crab version should also be good.
Lobster Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 1 pound lobster (cooked, shelled and diced)
- 1/4 pound brie (diced)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon tarragon (chopped)
- 2 green onions (sliced)
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1 clove garlic (chopped)
- 1/2 lemon (juice)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 slices bread
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- salted butter (room temperature)
- Mix the lobster, brie, mayo, tarragon, green onions, grainy mustard, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Butter one side of each slice of bread and assemble sandwiches with the buttered sides of the bread facing out and fill with a slice of cheese and a quarter of the lobster mixture.
- Grill until the bread is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted on the inside.