Chuck Pener, a partner in Momos Ouzaria Taverna (630 North and South Road, University City; 314-863-5311), will soon open the tapas restaurant Joyia at 4501 Manchester Avenue in Forest Park Southeast's Grove district.
In promotional material Pener describes Joyia as "an eclectic Mediterranean Tapas Restaurant and Bar [that] combines the atmosphere and flavors inspired by Greece, Spain, Italy and eastern Mediterranean countries alike."
Joyia's website is now live, and we can trade that description for actual menu items.
Tapas dishes include lamb braised with butternut squash, apricot and orange rind in a saffron broth ("Lamb Tangine"), a turkey and pork pâte dish ("Turkey Pistachio Peppercorn Terrine") and pistachio-encrusted salmon. There are also more familiar dishes like fried calamari, steamed mussels and baked brie.
The menu also includes a few pastas and flatbread pizzas, gyros (chicken, beef, vegetable and blackened grouper as well as the usual lamb) and an array of spreads (hummus, etc.). There is even a small kid's menu.