Readers Write: Jam Jar Diner Review

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Here is Bidisha Mukherjee’s review of the Jam Jar Diner:

Abundance of Jam Jars at the Jam Jar Diner
Abundance of Jam Jars at the Jam Jar Diner

I don’t know how I missed it… Twice… Maybe because the place right next to it, the Washing Bay is almost the same colour or maybe I cannot look beyond the brown exteriors of the keeper of many late night/early morning rendezvous, Dhuan! But right next door is the newly opened bright blue painted JAM JAR DINER and yes, I just love taking the name (maybe as it is similar to those much adored Jim jam biscuits!)

On the third trip down JP lane, we managed to find our way and I with my two scapegoats (AKA Roomie and friend) found ourselves inside this pretty looking cottage with tumbling shelves. It’s actually cute. Imagine Hansel and Gretel entering the Witch’s cottage for the first time. Yes! That cute!

BBQ Vegetarian burger (half eaten)
BBQ Vegetarian burger (half eaten)

So there we were in our little adventure into this little quaint place, from the people behind Bonobo in Bandra, which brings back pretty nostalgia. Nostalgia of the old kettles, Phantom cigarettes and Natraj pencils. Add to that a jukebox and am sold! Though we wanted to sit in the open air section on the terrace, with bright yellow seats and multicoloured tiles, we were driven back inside because of the heat and chose to park ourselves at a corner table on the mezzanine floor.

While our companion sat down with a book on 1001 books to read from a bunch of other classy books and board games, Roomie and I skimmed through the menu. The all day diner serves pancakes, waffles, open toasties, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and eggs. For some reason they also have a ‘tex mex’ section, which to me is baffling given the diner vibes. They have a separate drinks menu with the regular stuff and cocktails with a twist

Open Toastie
Open Toastie

Between the three of us, we ordered:

  • A BBQ Vegetarian burger (I was in the company of vegetarians and decided to share)
  • An open toastie – smoked beans
  • One from the eggs to order – Omelette
  • One cup of steaming Tulsi tea
  • One cup of Cafe Latte

The food was simple yet delish. The BBQ burger was scrumptious, for lack of a better word, and had onion rings inside as opposed to ‘on the side’, which made it crunchier and gave a different taste and was served with potato wedges with skin. The Omelette was simple, which gave it a homely feel. It was served with two wedges of salted tomatoes and well toasted bread. The smoked beans open toastie, which is an open faced sandwich, was again a simple preparation and thankfully did not taste like Rajma on bread. Little things that made us happy was the use of multi grain bread and the mustard ‘sauce’, which was pure mustard with vinegar. Though I did not partake the tea, it was apparently ‘not bad’. The coffee though, I found a little weak, but the friend who ordered rubbished my claim and called it ‘nice’.

Omelette with multigrain bread
Omelette with multigrain bread

Next time though, would love to try the Sangria (which they serve in Jam Jars) and the Red Velvet pancakes. Another dish that interested me was the Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich (BLT) which has coffee mayo, but alas as I don’t have bacon that is something that will always remain untried.

The entire place has an old grandma’s place feel and I see myself going there often, even if just to sit and read and gaze around. The interiors are just so well done! For the first time, the food took a backseat. Still the place can be made more fun by adding more books and board games. Also, even though it is one of the few places to boast of a working jukebox, people are hardly encouraged to play it and it feels more show and tell. Given the feel and space, the place is perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch.

Total damages: Rs. 990 for three people.
Address: Jam Jar Diner is located right next to Dhuan, Aram Nagar, JP road, Versova.

All photos by Bidisha Mukherjee

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