The Jamjar Diner – Its “Pretty” Good!

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The problem with Mumbai is how its utterly unpleasing on the eye and travel in the city is extremely unpleasant as well. The only advantage of that is the fact that its one of the reasons why I started experimenting and cooking at home! So what does one do when do when you want to not cook and go out to a reasonably priced, good looking restaurant that serves up decent food as well? Pray to some higher powers that something like Jamjar Diner opens up nearby!

Located in Aaram Nagar, this small diner is everything the city is not. Its bright, cheerful, pretty, colorful and a breath of fresh air. Located on JP Road in Aaram Nagar, you won’t miss the bright blue little bungalow. Once you enter, the doors, a lovely eclectic interior greets you. There are 3 levels. On the ground level are two big booths, a bar area and my favorite  a jukebox! You go up the steps along some awkwardly placed shelves with knick-knacks which leads to a another siting area which is lit by a beautiful skylight. A couple of steps up lead to the alfresco area. This area is covered with bright yellow, white and blue tiles and yellow chairs and tables. If you can tolerate the heat, its the funnest sitting space of the restaurant.

Now you must be wondering if I have suddenly changed my blog from a food one to a interior one. You see the thing is that, though Jamjar continues to my current favorite dining out option, its strictly because of the pretty interior(hence the title…so clever na? :p). The food is strictly above average.

I have been there 3 times now and here’s what I thought of what we’ve eaten.

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The drinks glasses might have inspired the name of the place, but the smoothies themselves are too sweet, watery and don’t have much flavor  Try the peanut butter one – that’s quite nice. All the three times I went there, I asked for the Masala Soda Float, which they never have!

Moving on to the food. The first time around I ordered the yummy sounding citrus ricotta pancakes. At first they didn’t look or taste that special, but the flavor grows on you, and the pancakes themselves are fluffy and light.

2013-02-09 11.30.30The next time around we began by sharing a Caesar Salad. What could have been a nice starter was ruined by the fact that there was no dressing on there at all! It was just a bunch of leaves and croutons held together by chicken slices and cheese. Then came the “Popeye”. Their take on Eggs Florentine  served on a waffle. This was quite yummy though i wish the waffle was either thinner or not as chewy  We also had a BLT sandwich, which was yummy. They don’t scrimp on the bacon like most restaurants. But their fries were soggy. Forgot to take photographs that time..sorry!

The last time we went was the best experience of them all. I had a waffle with fresh fruit. Complaints on the chewiness of the waffle aside, the fruits were nice and honey butter drizzle on top was quite a treat! I am definitely stealing that idea.

 

We also tried the BBQ Chicken burger, which was  juicy and oh so yummy! The patty was a chicken picatta which I always prefer to a minced tikki. It was perfectly cooked and the chipotle sauce is yumminess. They put onion rings right between the buns, which adds  a wonderful crunch to the burger.

Though I didn’t try any, I believe the coffee there is really nice as well.

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I have not tried the dessert there yet, because nothing really calls out to me. But Jamjar Diner does. The food may be lacking, but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. A must visit. Just look at our happy faces below!

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Here’s the address – JamJar Diner, 7 A and B, Aram Nagar 2, JP Road, Versova, call 26358880/26368880

 

UPDATE: We’ve been back to JamJar with a group of friends twice now. Not that the service was great to begin with, when ts more than 2 people at a a table, the waiters seem to go into a tizzy! Everyone at the table gets there food at 15 minute intervals, which is unpleasant if you’re out for a meal together. During one visit a friend of ours had to wait for 20 minutes after the remaining 7 people had finished eating to get her plate of seafood quesadilla (and it tasted awful!). I have just returned after another Sunday brunch and this time we were with another couple friend and their 9 month old baby. As soon as we entered we requested an egg be boiled for the baby to eat. They returned half hour later saying they couldn’t manage to boil an egg!!! We then requested that they just scramble one egg with  some olive oil with no additives whatsoever. We got a plate of delicious creamy scrambled eggs, but it was just that – full of cream. They had just made a menu standard 3 eggs scrambled and obviously not followed instruction. We had to send it back again and request the waiters to convey precise instructions to the kitchen. Thankfully, third time was the charm and we got the scrambled eggs(3 to order of course, coz woe betide them if they were to make an exception to their existing menu!!) 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