Jul 16 2014

Jamjar Diner, Versova- Review

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Oh I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to try Jamjar Diner since the time it opened. Unfortunately, the distance (South Mumbai to Versova) was just too much. Luckily, I had to go shopping that side and so Fash and I just decided that we’d just go! Bahut ho gaya!

Jamjar diner  foodFood– Jam Jar serves Italian, American and Mexican food apart from various drinking options. We had gone for lunch and were super hungry so we decided to quickly call for a starter that they recommended – JJ’s Chili Cheese toast. Ok so it was nice but not the best I’ve had. With ketchup, oregano and chilli flakes, it tasted better. For main course I decided to call for the Basil Pesto+ Feta+ Roasted Veggies sandwich. Now it smelled really good and was stuffed with veggies but tastewise, it was quite bland and there was barely any feta. After having half the sandwich I decided that some more feta was needed to improve the taste and thankfully, it got a lot better. Fash had the Chimichurri Grilled chicken and she loved it. For drinks, I had a good old Chocolate milkshake. Trust me; it was just too good to be true! One glass just ain’t enough! Fash decided to go healthy and had the Carrot+Apple+Ginger juice which was nice and refreshing. She also called for the Smoked Paprika Fries which were just perfect. After eating so much we were quite full but couldn’t go without trying a dessert. We wanted to try the Flower Pot Surprise (Brownies, marshmallows & ice cream) but ended up having the Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Mousse which was absolutely delicious, especially the salted caramel at the bottom! So, the food overall was tasty, well presented but slightly bland.

Ambience– Located at Versova, Andheri West, Jamjar Diner place gets full marks for its ambience. Skillfully decorated, you will find something new to look at everytime you go there, especially because there is so much to see! Lots of vintage and classic looking furniture and accessories with lovely colours everywhere. The vibe is positive and fun and that translates into an experience that is such. You’ll find randome things like a Jukebox, Mango Bites, a gramophone, old Tv set, ancient looking barni, pots, pans, plates, tools, a goldfish in a glass bowl and so much more. All of it adds character and makes Jamjar Diner an interesting place to kill time, especially if your friend’s late.

Jamjar diner, VersovaService– I was quite happy with the service. These guys know their stuff and will help you choose something nice, especially if you’re there for the first time. Our waiter was nice. We were stuffed and still wanted to have the Flower Pot dessert. He told us that it would get too heavy for us so go for something lighter; which is exactly what we did.

Prices– The prices are slightly on the higher side. You would end up spending about 800 bucks per head without alcohol. Jamjar’s Chilli Cheese toast was for Rs. 225 which I felt was a bit overpriced. The Veg sandwich that I had was for Rs. 295. The Chimichurri Grilled Chicken was for Rs. 312. The Smoked Paprika fries were for Rs. 156. The awesome Chocolate milkshake was for Rs. 156 and the Carrot, apple and ginger juice was for Rs. 174. The dark chocolate & salted caramel mousse was for Rs. 174. So our bill came up to Rs. 1720 including taxes and service charge.

Verdict– Jamjar Diner is sweet and has such a positive vibe that you’d want to visit again and again even though the food is slightly bland and the prices a little high. You must have their chocolate milkshake!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Aug 24 2013

Aye Dios Mio, Marine Lines- Review

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Aye Dios Mio

There’s a smacking new Italian and Mexican joint in town called Aye Dios Mio and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Here’s my review.

Food– Their menu consists of everything Vegetarian- pizzas, pastas, salads, wraps, sandwiches, starters, chips & dips, desserts and coolers. On my first visit, I was in a rush and it was coincidently the first day they opened. So I parceled a Margherita pizza (10 inches) along with their Signature Mojito Cake. The pizza had turned cold as I took time to reach home but was still superb! I had it without ketchup and didn’t want to share it with my brother which means it’s a superhit! Their Signature Mojito cake is basically a sponge cake with caramelized walnuts, mint flavoured butter cream topped with mojito sugar syrup and a slice of lime which needs to be squeezed on the cake. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy it and neither did my brother. Great concept but didn’t work for me.

The second time I tried Aye Dios Mio was the very next day. I went with a close friend and we decided to share a Combo meal. We opted for the Italo-Mexicano which includes a Chipotle Paneer pizza (10”), Spicy Bean Tostada and Garlic Knots. The owner Puja was kind enough to let us have Nachos with 2 dips (Pesto & Guacamole) instead of the Tostada and I think it was a good decision because the nachos were nice and crisp and the Pesto dip was perfect! Combining both the dips tasted good too. The Chipotle Paneer pizza after tasting the Margherita one was very ok. The flavours are lost somewhere because of cheese and paneer. I would say the same for the Garlic Knots which were a bit hard with too much bread taste which took away the taste of the garlic and cheese. We tried their Oven baked potatoes which were ok and could do with more sauce. It all ended with a scrumptious dessert which I wish never got over! Their Grasshopper Pie which is a combination of crushed cookies and mint cream is to die for and an absolute must have! I also had their Cooler (Flavour of the month- Cherry) and that went very well with my food. Another must have.

Ambience– Aye Dios Mio which means ‘Oh My God!’ in Spanish is a new Italian & Mexican joint located at Marine Lines, near Metro Adlabs. They’re mainly into deliveries because of the little space they have to seat not more than 5-6 people. The interiors are simple and modest with bar stools and a platform table attached to the wall.

Service– They’re super quick with their service and we didn’t have to wait for too long for our food to arrive. They set a delivery time of about 45 minutes like most delivery places and deliver from Cuffe Parade to Chowpatty. One suggestion for them would be that if they’re serving customers at their outlet, they can serve in disposable plates instead of boxes.

Prices– Reasonably priced, Aye Dios Mio is value for money and very affordable for a casual dinner or snack. The 10” Margherita was for Rs. 150, the Cherry cooler was for Rs. 50, the Oven baked potatoes were for Rs. 100, the Italo- Mexicano Combo meal was for Rs. 480, the Grasshopper Pie was for Rs. 100 and the Mojito cake was for Rs. 125. They also had an offer by which if you spend more than 600, you get 15% off.

Verdict– Go to or order from Aye Dios Mio if you want to have good food that’s not expensive. I recommend the Margherita pizza, Cherry cooler and Grasshopper pie! Also their Pesto dip is awesome!

Rating– 3.5/5

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Nov 2 2011

Poncho, Kurla (w) – Review

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Poncho wasn’t listed anywhere online and I was really excited to try the food after being contacted by one of the owners to come, try the food and give feedback. I was wondering when I would go all the way to BKC but luckily a friend had her car and 4 of us foodie friends went there finally. I’m so glad I did!

Food & Prices– Poncho is a Mexican & Italian café/ restaurant and has food that will remind you of home food which tastes good and is superbly priced! The menu has so many tempting things that you may want to try everything. We sure did! Serious! You wont find this kind of food at such reasonable prices anywhere for sure! I’ll tell you exactly what all we had!

1)      Nachos with beans (Rs. 35) – Beans were more like Rajma beans and the cheese was simple melted cheese served on tortilla chips. The cheese was less but overall taste good.

2)      Burrito bowl with paneer & extra cheese (Rs. 75) – An awesome combo of so many things. Tasted nice.

3)      Soft Tacos (Rs. 35) – Fun fillings made it fun to eat!

4)      Margherita pizza with paneer & corn (Rs.90) – Yum!

5)      Misto pasta (Rs. 60) – Very good!

6)      Spicy Cheese Garlic Bread (Rs. 35) – Avoidable

7)      Quesadilla (Rs. 50) – It just had capsicum, cheese and onion but it was super tasty…almost perfect!

8)      Iced Tea (Rs. 20 each) – Strawberry, Lemon, Peach, Ginger Lemon, Black Currant. You name it; we tried it and loved them all!

9)      Lemonade (Rs. 15)– Good

10)   Cold Coffee (Rs. 35) – Just the way I like it!

11)   Oreo Chocolate Mousse (Rs. 45)– Good

12)   Dutch Truffle pastry (Rs. 45)- Could have been good but tasted stale

After having all this and filling our stomachs to the brim, we paid; wait for it, only Rs. 175 per head! Now isn’t that awesome?! I don’t know of many places where you can eat like a hog, try almost everything from the menu and pay less than 200 bucks! But but but, these prices are limited to this outlet only and if they do open another one, which I’m sure they will, the prices will not be the same so I suggest, go dig in at this place asap!

Ambience & Service– Perhaps the only drawback of this place would be the location. They’re located at the end of BKC, near Kurla (w) station at LBS Marg in an office building (Essar House). The restaurant is a simple, basic contemporary self service place with chic furniture. The waiter is sweet even though he’ll reply with a polite ‘yes’ to most of the questions asked to him whether or not he knows what you’re asking him. You’ll get your food within 5-10 minutes so don’t worry if you’re in a rush.

Verdict– Poncho is awesome! Total value for money for simple and good food! I recommend!

Rating– 4/5

 

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