When it comes to nightlife, the more the merrier. Juhu’s A Bar Called Life, an elegant lounge that emphasises small plates, plays up vegetables and celebrates Indian cooking—is the latest entrant in the Mumbai nightlife scene. What else can you expect when the kitchen is helmed by chef Amninder Sandhu, ex-Masala Bay, Taj Land’s End. She is not shy of mixing culinary metaphors, sometimes in one dish, which we agree seems to have become a trend these days. Sandhu hits the sweet spot—there are echoes of that crisp attention to quality here, as well as a strong nod to styling that should keep your Instagram handle buzzing for days. We picked our five faves.
Liquid pleasures – Our favourite is the fresh sugarcane cocktail with white rum, mint leaves and rock salt. Call for Yes We Cane! Some drinks come with a wink. Like the Gulabo, a Campari, white wine and vodka cocktail decked with a ball of cotton candy. The bitterness is softened by wine and the result is a fantastic cocktail that is beautiful to look at and more so to sip on.
Popping Tarbooza - This crackling salad of watermelon and feta cheese is embellished with crushed peanuts, micro greens and a sprinkling of magic pop.
Burrata Kadak Roomali – The prettiest dish on the menu, chef Sandhu slathers the hot, crisp and prettily noir roti with the punch of the chaat masala, the tang from the tomato and the earthiness of the coriander leaves.
Pulled Raan Slider – Slow-cooked raan and red onions find is neatly stuffed in a pav. The meat is somewhat over-dressed in a swamp of green chutney, so you could ask them to pipe it down.
Ambarsariya Chole Kulche - There's beauty in simplicity, as this humble chole kulche proves it. The chole is cooked to a buttery softness and the kulcha is pregnant with delicately spiced potatoes. The combination is beautiful: massive, macho flavours getting on like old friends. There is a glass of creamy lassi and mini gulab jamuns too.
Bamboo Smoked Mutton – You don’t expect to eat a traditional North-Eastern delicacy in a bar in Mumbai. But don’t even think of giving this a miss. The spice-slathered mutton cooked inside a hollowed bamboo stem tastes meaty and melts in the mouth. The bowl of sticky jasmine rice is a worthy accompaniment.
Price for Two: 2500
Where: 30, C/O Paradise Banquets. Opposite Juhu PVR Cinemas, Next to ATS Office
Juhu Circle, Devle Road. Juhu Vile Parle Development Scheme. Mumbai - 400049
Tel: +91 22 2620 0122
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