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Head here for the vibe

Shweta Mehta, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, January 25, 2013
First Published: 16:32 IST(25/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:48 IST(25/1/2013)

On the outside, Jamjar Diner's walls are painted a jarring bright blue - a complete contrast to its quirky-yet-subtle interiors. There's a jukebox, slanted shelves along the staircase and a pretty terrace area that's our instant choice of seating.

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The breakfast options here are abundant, and look very appetising. But since they only serve breakfast till 4 pm, we went with the all-day selection.


We ordered the Mushroom and Leek Stir Fry (Rs 260), which was flavourful and a good pick to begin with. To wash it down, we ordered a Coffee Hazelnut Shake (Rs 170) that sadly had no trace of hazelnut.

Jamjar's cocktail menu is interesting. They have all the favourites, but you can choose to have either the classic ones or experiment with their indigenous versions. We opted for the experimental Caipirojka (Rs 400). It was served in a jam jar, but the twist of vanilla flavour with basil, mint and rosemary didn't excite us. It mainly helped us wash down the Juicy Lucy burger (Rs 360), which was very juicy for the first few bites. The beef patty, however, was too dry and made it hard for us to finish the entire burger.

The Chicken Pesto, Feta and Pickled Thai Chilli Pizza (Rs 550) fared much better. The only flaw was the overpowering chilli; one bit of it was enough to drown the taste of the pesto and feta.

For dessert, the obvious pick was the Ice Cream Sandwich (Rs 230). It is basically a scoop of orange ice cream (which tasted more like butterscotch) placed between two giant, yummy chocolate-peanut butter cookies. The sandwich is a success, but it can get a bit too sweet if you have too much.

While visiting, do keep in mind that even though the prices on the menu seem reasonable, they go up quite a bit when the taxes are added. It bothered us even more
because we paid service charge for a bunch of servers who were very slow and mostly never even on the terrace area when we needed them.

Overall, the food is satisfactory, but not out-of-the-world. If we're going back for anything, it's the relaxed vibe of the place. And with the slight nip in the air these days, the terrace area makes for a great setting.


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