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With progressive Indian cuisine being the buzzword nowadays, I enter JLWA in Bandra, with trepidation, to experience their version. This swish and spacious place exudes a lazy vibe but the chic décor and pulsating music add to the charm. Chef Roshan Seth cleverly makes use of modern cooking techniques with ingredients from across India to serve Euro Indie fare. The thoughtfully crafted menu offers quirky fare which is aesthetically presented. The glitzy bar with mixologists dishing out unique cocktails using traditional concoctions is eye-catching. The tangy Sindhi Tamatar Kadhi with its tart flavours perks your taste buds. The meaty Dhansak Lamb surprises me completely as the presentation is avant-garde, but the flavours absolutely authentic. Served with wild rice, it is a palate-pleaser although, I still prefer my caramelised brown rice. The quality of ingredients used is outstanding and these are the pivot in every dish. In some dishes though, like the Bombay Duck, one could do with the mantra, less is more, as the activated charcoal does nothing to enhance the flavours. The service staff can be a bit more attentive. Else, JLWA proves to be a fun dining experience. One can sample some lesser-known regional delicacies here
As soon as we entered JLWA we began to appreciate the atmosphere and the beauty and peculiarity of the place. Very progressive and modern cuisine. The sleek design of the restaurant gives you great views from the floor to the ceiling. Our Recommendations: Caesar salad Truffle Malai Tikka Paneer Chilli Button Mushrooms spring rolls Roasted Mushroom Pizza Extra Parmesan cheese & croutons made the salad a lot better The Malai Tikka Paneer with truffle oil was something unique. Paneer was too soft, one should definitely order this. The Mushroom spring rolls were crunchy and well presented overall a fabulous snack to munch on. The mocktails were excellent but the blue berry peanut butter smoothie was not up to the mark, blue berry and banana with almond milk didn’t go well The best in all was the Roasted Mushroom Pizza. Thin crust with the right amount of mushrooms and combinations of spices which turned out to be a delicious pizza, we loved it We had only one dessert which was the Classic Brownie. We love the marshmallows and the mousse n loved their presentation Had a wonderful time over here, the place is definitely worth a visit
Visited this restaurant again after a long time with friends. Had a blast. The food is amazing, ambiance is superb and service has also improved.
Have heard about this place a lot, me and my friends decided to visit this place for lunch (I know this is unusual but this was a fun). Starting with their ambience, the place is huge with nice seating arrangement along with open bar. They played soft music in the background to add to the ambience. Coming to their food, we had - Jack Daniel prawns: The prawns were fresh, filled with cheese. However the taste of whiskey was missing. - BBQ Chicken wings: The chicken was soft, properly cooked and tasted delicious. - Nimboo Kalimirch Chicken: This one was my favourite. It was mouth watering. - Panko fish bites: This was fried fish finger served with cocktail mayonnaise and taste was really good. - Butter Chicken: The chicken was neither very sweet or spicy, the taste was good. - Grilled Chicken Steak: This was chicken pieces served with potato and other vegetables. The taste was average. Now coming to favourite section, Cocktails. We tried Tauba tera Jalwa, Barfili Chai, Maple Whiskey and Banarasi Paan Beer. And all were amazing. They serve the best cocktails. From dessert section, we tried lemon French toast (it tasted like rabadi) and classic brownie. Overall this was a amazing experience. Food: 4/5 Drinks: 5/5 Ambience: 5/5 Services: 5/5 Overall: 4.5/5 Have heard about this place a lot, me and my friends decided to hit this place for lunch (I know this is unusual to visit bar for lunch, but this was a fun). Starting with their ambience, the place is huge with nice seating arrangement along with open bar. They played soft music in the background to add to the ambience. Coming to their food, we had - Jack Daniel prawns: The prawns were fresh, filled with cheese. However the taste of whiskey was missing. - BBQ Chicken wings: The chicken was soft, properly cooked and tasted delicious. - Nimboo Kalimirch Chicken: This one was my favourite. It was mouth watering. - Panko fish bites: This was fried fish finger served with cocktail mayonnaise and taste was really good. - Butter Chicken: The chicken was neither very sweet or spicy, the taste was good. - Grilled Chicken Steak: This was chicken pieces served with potato and other vegetables. The taste was average. Now coming to favourite section from JLWA visit, I.e. Cocktails. We tried Tauba tera Jalwa, Barfili Chai, Maple Whiskey and Banarasi Paan Beer. And all were amazing. They serve the best cocktails. From dessert section, we tried lemon French toast (it tasted like rabadi) and classic brownie. Overall this was a amazing experience. Food: 4/5 Drinks: 5/5 Ambience: 5/5 Services: 5/5 Overall: 4.5/5
JLWA as cool as it's name suggests is quite a vibrant and a happening place in terms of it's ambience, decor and music. Located at just a 5 minute walk from Bandra station near the Swaroski linking road showroom, 3rd floor. What strikes you first is the wonderful use of colors and branding across the menu, seating, tables and cutlery. In addition it contains a single floor which gives you a clear end to end view. Bar counter is spectacular and we'll lit up which sets the perfect tone before your drink. Smart staff, good service and Zomato offered with 1+1 on drinks are the added highlights to a modern casual bar dining category. With a bunch of Friends we had tried the following: Drinks: ▶️ Barfili Chai - Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Coffee Liquer, Rosemary Lemonade all mixed together with enough fuel ready to take you to the moon and back..!! Tooooo strong and a bitter base flavor. Rated - 3/5 ❗❗ ▶️ Maple Whiskey - Whiskey mixed with Coffee flavoured Liqueur, mixed with Apple juice, Assam Tea, Honey and infused with Cloves and Cinnamon smoke...!! Rated - 5/5 ✔️ ▶️ Banarasi Paan Beer - Molecular mixology at it's best. Visually deserve a +1. Flavours of paan mixed with beer with a crazy glass spitting bubbles profusely. Smooth and mild taste. Rated - 5/5 ✔️ ▶️ Achari Aam - Madness of raw mango powered with the kick of red chilli powder. If that's not enough you have a SATURN like looking ICE sitting in the midst of a martini glass. Impressive flavor combination and +1 again on visuals. Rated - 5/5 ✔️ ▶️ JLWA Smoothie - Perfect thickness which was non icy, well presented with crushed chunks of Oreo. Rated - 5/5 ✔️ Food: ▶️ Jack Daniel Prawns - Almost a dish resembling a rissoto base with Prawns a crackling Prawn crunchy with flavors of JD whiskey. Smooth and Cheesy. Rated - 5/5 ✔️ ▶️ BBQ Chicken Wings - This BBQ wings were super red, crispy and crunchy and loved the presentation. Tasted wonderful. Rated - 5/5 ✔️ ▶️ Kalimiri Nimbu Chicken - Another day in India cuisine with its favorite Tandoor items. Nothing out of the world here but a well presented and well cooked dish. Rated - 4/5 ▶️ Bhuna Ghosh Mini Sliders - Pulled apart mutton in tiny small slider breads. The bread however was not the best in texture while the overall dish lacked the punch. Rated - 3/5 ❗❗ ▶️ Panco Fish Bites - Fish fingers served to perfection. Juicy. Crispy. Tasted perfect in the tartar sauce. Saved the day from the Bhuna Gosh. Rated - 5/5 ✔️ ▶️ Grilled Chicken Steak - Two large pieces of Chicken breasts tucked in a nice home made stuffing layered on a bed of mashed potatoes and assorted blanched veggies. Rated - 5/5 ✔️ Desserts: ▶️ Lemon French Toast ▶️ Creme Brulee ▶️ Classic Brownie Rated - 3.5/5 ❗ Overall the desserts we're plated well and presented simple and clean. Lacked to created the impression set by the drinks and starters / main course. Serving Staff: Server Mukund ✔️ did a great all round Job in keeping us well attended and helped with the menu suggestions. Summary: ▶️ Interiors - 5/5 ▶️ Drinks - 4.5/5 ▶️ Food - 4.5/5 ▶️ Desserts - 3.5/5 ▶️ Service - 5/5 ▶️ Music - 5/5 ▶️ Value for Money - 5/5
JLWA is spacious, well lit up, tables well arranged, full fledged bar available, peppy music played by the DJ, decent food, great drink options, quick serve time & friendly staff which will definitely make your visit worthwhile. Menu offer good variety for Veg & Non Vegetarians. Mocktails are good but their cocktails have hatke combos & taste amazing. Zomato gold is applicable on food which is a bonus. USP : Starters & Unique Cocktails On offer Our Veg Order ( Food & Drinks ) Note :- 👍 means Highly recommended 1. Food * Addictive Nachos * Chilli Cheese Slider * Baked Mushroom Tarts * Hadippa Paneer Tikka * Tandoori Soya Chaap * Penne in Pesto (Veggies) 2. Desserts ( Had all 3 ) * Lemon French Toast :- Average * Classic Brownie :- Superb 👍 * Try the Creme Brûlée :- Nice 👍 3. Drinks Cocktails * Tauba Tera JLWA :- Super 👍 * Barfili Chai :- Super 👍 * Banarasi Paan Beer :- Super 👍 * Maple Whiskey :- Loved it 👍 * Achari AAM :- Average Mocktails * Spicy Water Melon Mint :- loved it 👍 * Orange Punch :- Decent * Oreo Shake :- Nice 👍 Detailed Review JLWA is located on the 3rd Floor, VN Sphere Turner near Swarovski, Linking Road, Bandra (w). JLWA falls under the bar / casual dining category but you will be impressed with the area they have on offer as it’s very well spread out. Ample space for servers to move around & serve you easily which is a hassle @ many cramped bars / pubs The seating capacity is about 125 ppl which is impressive. In terms of dress code it’s pretty chilled out. The DJ has his console in one corner, playing peppy English tracks which is soothing & not too loud or disturbing to interfere with your table conversations. Food Menu offers decent variety for Veg & extensive Variety for Non Vegetarians. The Drinks menu is pretty elaborate & you have a wide variety to choose from. I would suggest to go for their signature cocktails instead of the regular drinks you order elsewhere. Starting with the Food * Additive Nachos :- Rs 395/- A nice mix of crispy tortilla chips, spiced kheema, liquid cheese, salsa & sour cream sprinkled all over & in between. Heavenly 😋.Recommended * Chilli Cheese Sliders :- Rs 395/- 4 decent sized (burger shaped) sliders filled with chilli onion Patty, cheese,spinach, along with salad dressing & potatao wafers on the side Simply Superb. Highly Recommend * Baked Mushroom Tarts :- Rs 425/- Mushroom baked with kali Mirch & served in Cute & tiny shaped tart shells which are crisp, filled with chilli onion jam & salad on the side. The tarts are crisp but the filling is soft & melts in your mouth. A refreshing way to have mushroom & tarts together. * Hadippa Paneer Tikka :- Rs 475/- 6 pcs for panner, blended in Romesco Sauce, with 2 thai roti, Chutney & onions on the side. Decent. * Tandoori Soya Chaap :- Rs 425/- Soya isn’t a regular veg dish option @ many places but JLWA did a decent job in blending 4 chunky pieces of Soya, tandoor based, filled with masala, green chilli, cheese, 3 pieces of crispy Naan along with green chutney & onion on the side. In terms of pricing this dish offers great quantity when compared to the other items. This dish is refreshing but experimental & you will like or dislike this dish in my option. * Penne in Pesto :- Penne mixed in creamy white pesto sauce with herbs sprinkled on top, which was thick, creamy, & served with a single piece of garlic bread. Drinks * Barfili Chai :- 4 types of alcohol, coffee liqueur, lemonade blended & tis drink hits you after a while. Unique Combo of coffee & alcohol is strong enough & one of its kind. Superb * Banarasi Paan Beer :- Vodka, Paan, bourbon,maple syrup, apple,egg white & beer mixed on top. What a hatke combo. It was WOW . A must * Tauba Tera JLWA :- A mix of 4 alcoholic liquor’s, abisenthe, wine & coke. Too many mixtures for me & couldn’t taste all of it tbh. Average * Spicy Water melon Mint :- Best mocktail from our order. * Orange Punch :- orange pcs, lime, vanilla syrup, salt & orange soda blended together. It was average. * Oreo Shake :- Loved the fact that it wasn’t too chocolaty, icy or sweet Presented well, mixed properly & served a decent quantity with Oreo biscuits crumpled inside & one piece on the top for you to eat it. Desserts ( 3 Options ) They have three choices & my fav was the brownie . * Lemon French Toast * Classic Brownie * Try the Creme Brûlée Overall the desserts were nice but I would recommend you to order starters & cocktails here to enjoy full value for money. Cost for two without alcohol is about 1600/- plus taxes & with alcohol it would be 1000 extra per person. Overall JLWA offers great value in terms of location, ambience, decor, music, service. In terms of food their starters are a hit, main course is decent but the cocktails steal the show all along.