It was the Diwali holidays and we were contemplating a new place to visit. Having eaten at Lower Parel, I suggested this place to my wife.

I called up for a reservation, confirmed and we reached by around 1.30 pm. And received the first shock. There was a buffet offering. Requested Mrs. D to try somewhere else but no go. Reasoning being you can try the non veg also *sob sob* after so many years also she refuses to recognise AND accept my aversion to buffet.

There was ala carte offering also, but too late. The buffet was no better than a 2 star conference offering. One soup, three veg/non veg starters each, salad, two veg./non veg one dal, rice/biryani. Menu planning absolutely pathetic.

Salads were basic, the samosa Chaat was excellent; veg starter – Paneer very good, veg kebabs ok; the non veg starters were bad mutton sheek were bad, dry chewy and unpalatable, the chicken was a bit better but not marinated properly. Mains – the Paneer was fine, the mix vegetables were leftovers which tasted barely decent. There was a mutton dish where mutton refused to part ways with the bone and the chicken dish was just slightly better. For the breads they were nice and hot, also made some fresh phudina parathas. The chicken dum biryani was fine the first time, but when refilled was over cooked rice. Not acceptable at all.

Sweets though nothing spectacular were ok. Gulab jamun which were broken and bit sludgy and Kaju badam Katli.

Overall, a complete disaster even as a buffet. No papad, onions, pickle available. Also one of the basic buffet rules being don’t overload the same item – Paneer, Chicken here.

The service was just bearable, given the fact that they charge a service charge also.

Fairly crowded with Gujju, Sindhi, Punjabi VFM crowd. It may so be possible that the Juhu place is not doing well and this may be the money maker, but it does not work for me and not expected from Jiggs Kalra.

Location: Juhu
Meal: Lunch
Food: 4.5/10
Service: 6/10
Damages: 2000 for 2 Inc 1 beer

Update:

Some 20-25 days later, I read couple of ladies discussing this on Twitter, one of them being Kiran Manral so I warned them. However, to my surprise, it was a lady called Soni Aggarwal who is connected to the owners who responded on Twitter, Email and got the owner himself Rohit Aggarwal to speak to me, understand the issue, agree to change the menu and insisted that I bring my wife for dinner, in spite of my saying we have visited Phoenix etc. Will it make me go for the freebie, probably not, did it make me feel better – definitely YES. Will I recommend and go again – Absolutely.

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Written by AD
ex waiter, angadia, travel agent, dotcomer, dukaandaar, marketeer, people watcher. appreciates single malt, food, friends