Julles Posh Food Company is located in an unassuming shopping center in East Memphis, sandwiched between several chain restaurants and shops, but you’d never know that from sitting inside. Julles has a bright, fresh interior that frankly feels like something you’d see in a magazine and think, “I wish we had a place like that in Memphis.” The whitewashed brick and scrubbed floors are livened up with contemporary yellow stools at the counter and cushions at the banquette. In short, the whole place is comfortable and cheerful.
But Julles is much more than just a pretty space. It’s definitely about the food, too, which is light and fresh to match the interior … and healthy! (And we mean that in the best possible way!) Julles chef/owner Julliet sources the highest quality, fresh and, whenever possible, organic ingredients from local farms. And going that extra mile definitely pays off in the flavor of the meals.
On a recent visit, my dining companion and I both enjoyed a lunch selection of cashew ginger-glazed chicken, which came beautifully plated with tender pieces of chicken in a creamy, dairy-free cashew sauce served with perfectly cooked barley and a colorful selection of steamed vegetables.
We cleaned our plates and declared ourselves full … until we were offered a dessert of sticky toffee pudding, which we couldn’t resist and were both glad we didn’t bother trying. It was rich and moist with a lovely sauce. And both dishes were satisfying and flavorful, but not at all heavy.
The service at Julles is friendly and efficient, and the staff is clearly interested in the success of this endeavor. Originally from India, Julliet has an international sensibility and extensive knowledge and experience that is evident in the meals she creates, which she describes as “clean and simple with an innovative twist.”
Get it To-Go
Julles Posh Food Company is more than just a charming little place to enjoy a meal, though. Guests can also get fresh meals to go. My companion took home some brisket and seasonal braised vegetables, which she said were delicious. I opted for the Southwestern chicken in parchment, which was packed full of flavor and pretty to boot. A seasoned chicken joint was stuffed with nicely spiced, creamy filling and served with black beans and a lovely corn and tomato relish. The takeaway dishes are packed in oven- and microwave-safe trays, so they can be easily reheated. The vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients mean these are not your average heat-and-eat meals.
During another busy week, I stopped by and picked up a few more meals. The thin-sliced beef in spicy peanut sauce with Buddha vegetables had just enough spice and plenty of flavor, and the mixed mushrooms with the vegetables added an interesting twist. A turkey roulade stuffed with leeks came with some broccoli rabe and mashed butternut squash. The turkey was tender and bathed in a flavorful gravy, and the butternut mash was excellent! The coconut Copenhagens are lightly sweet, soft coconut macaroons with a chocolate-dipped base—one made a nice dessert, the other a sweet afternoon snack. I also brought home one of the fresh-pressed juices, and it was definitely tasty, though not quite sweet enough for my taste buds. The menu at Julles changes weekly, with lunch, dinner and dessert options, so there are always new offerings to try.
Julles also offers a meal delivery plan with several choices, which are well-detailed on the website. There is no ongoing commitment, so you could easily have the meals delivered for any busy week. And they deliver to Germantown, East Memphis, Collierville, Memphis and Cordova.
Julles Posh Food Company is located at 6300 Poplar Ave., Ste. 110, Memphis. Learn more on their website or at (901) 509-8675.
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