JAM JAR DINER
Multi-cuisine (American, Tex Mex, Pizzas)
When I heard of the recently opened “Jam Jar diner” I fell in love with that name and made a dash to Versova to check it out. With me was a chef extraordinaire Himanshu Taneja, the highly experienced Executive Chef of a suburban five star hotel, who’s passionate about excellence and likes to do “simple things right”
On my way there, I bumped into a gentleman who was extolling the virtues of his Darjeeling tea and on an impulse I requested Tarun Agarwal to join us. He combines working on acquisition deals at i-maritime Consultancy with his passion for procuring and selling the most exquisite varieties of Blue Hill Darjeeling Tea.
Enter the small blue bungalow and the juke box, (it works) the mixed print crockery and the crooked shelves grab attention. Climb the stairs to a mosaic tiled alfresco terrace.
It was the American diner style comfort food ( burgers, hot dogs, pancakes, waffles, eggs) which was far better than the Tex Mex fare here. The bar makes a small selection of the usual cocktails but with a “twist”.
Well made thin-crust Pepperoni pizza Monterey jack. Enjoyable prawn popcorns stayed crisp, excellent home made French fries and a must-try ice cream sandwich, with ice cream clasped by two crisp, chocolate-peanut-butter cookies.
Tex Mess fare here, gloopy and swamped with ketchup and tobacco ( enchilada), curdled sour cream on the nachos , crumbly burger buns were the disappointments as was the cheese cake with it’s rubbery consistency
Open all day and serving American diner style fare, Jam jar also doubles as a nightspot with plenty of cocktails with a twist to them. When I return from my travels, I will try the breakfast options ( served from 9 am to 4 pm),Mr Benedict, mini citrus ricotta pancakes and more, till then I’m eating my way through LA and NYC.
Sit on the charming alfresco terrace or while away the hours listening to golden oldies on the juke box. Its like coming to granma’s cottage, a comforting feeling for some moderately priced standard comfort food.
JAM JAR DINER
7 A and B, Aram Nagar 2, JP Road, Versova.
Open Daily, 9am to 1am
Meal for two – Rs 1200
BOLLYWOOD TO HOLLYWOOD
It is eternal springtime here in Los Angeles. And if its Hollywood, its got to be the “Pretty woman hotel” Beverly Wilshire where eight decades of Hollywood history distils itself.
It is right here, on the patio, overlooking Rodeo Drive, (the glamor boulevard to the world) that, over the years, Ive met Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Gulshan Grover and Preity Zinta Hollywood and Bollywood stays and dines here. A regular here too, is Mumbai’s dynamic Samantha Nayar who is here on her annual family holiday.
Today’s lunch delights the palate and warms the heart. Both she and the dapper Ben Trodd ( who has led many a hotel to win awards and is spearheading this Hollywood landmark) are great gourmets but also equally passionate about charitable work. Our lunch is peppered with many a British aside and discussion about “farm to table” food.
And it is here in BLVD, ( voted top “Power Tables” … Wall Street Journal) that the French chef Gilles Arzur works magic with Californian ingredients, be it the delicate seafood dishes, the crunchy salads or the succulent Jidori chicken. I dine at many a iconic LA restaurant, (Spago, Nobu Malibu) and the new ones but it’s chef Arzur’s creative and yummy pure vegetarian bunless burger that is most memorable. Should you want the recipe, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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