-By Rashmi Uday Singh
I'm rejoicing. Atlast, our city has it's very own quintessential Parsi restaurant and that too one with a sense of humor. While the Parsi Ideal Corner (Fort) Britannia (Ballard estate) are open only for lunch, Jimmy Boy (Horniman Circle) disappoints and Paradise (Colaba) serves great dhansak. This newest Parsi dikra" is handsome, a product of passion and has been born very close to the Lilavati hospital.
rnRead and chuckle. The writing is on the walls and the outside and even in the loo. Witty one liners, dedications to well-known brilliant Parsis (and there are many). A small handsome, midnight blue and white room is detailed with black and white photographs, traditional votive candles, pencil drawings of their winged symbol, the Faravahar.Small, comfy and elegant.
The lustily spiced superb sweet and tangy mutton salli boti with jardaloo is not only my favorite but also that of my favorite Parsi actor Boman Irani. Steamed to perfection in a banana leaf, the Patranimachi is an expert balance of sweet, sour, sharp and soft notes. Even the tender chicken seekh kababs have the perfect kiss of mint. Ask for the Parsi mutton kheema and velvety coconutty chicken curry rice. It's the dhansak which is spicy and rich with the robust flavour of the succulent mutton on one day and lackluster the next. Ladle it onto the flavorsome brown rice, pile on with the onion kachumber and a squeeze of nimbu. Plus points for the Dukes raspberry soda, lagan nu achar served here.
Faultless and friendly on one day and slow and confused on another MINUS POINTS Except for the Paneer Akuri, vegetarian dishes don't match up to their non vegetarian counterparts. Overcooked mutton kabab, mushy with masala mutton pulao and oversweet lagan nu custard and chocolate crunch disappoint. No saas ni macchi and kid gosht on the menu. All dishes have generous helpings and moderate prices except for the patranimachi (a small piece for Rs 450). And the dhansakh is magnificent on one day and just average on the next. Only wine served here.
From "cool and fabulous" to "overpriced and lackluster" were some of the mixed reactions to this new arrival. However, after eating here twice Id like to point out that this labour of love and passion has just enough sophistication and upscale trappings, to make it a fun night out, not just a grubby refueling station. Valet parking too. Authentic flavors mark its dishes, some sublime and some patchy (and a few expensive). The tagline says "Stocks available till Parsis last". May their tribe increase. We welcome our "dikra" with joy."
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Parsi food in Mumbai is always associated with South Mumbai. The suburbans
have been deprived of this delectable cuisine due to long travel hours to town and
the traffic. Well, tucked away in the tiny lane near Lilavati, Jumjoji is here
to serve up pretty good Parsi food to the long 'not so lucky' suburbs. One
look at Jumjoji and all I could say was that "The Irani cafe got a makeover!!"
Clean white walls, no old wooden chairs, no checkered table cloth, no counter where
the owner is sitting collecting money and also sharing his stories and obviously air
conditioned. If you are not a big fan of the old world you will not be
bothered by this. Jumjoji does portray hints of Parsi humor through the poster put up on the
entrance "How Parsi are you?" and also heritage through the pictures on the walls of the
Moving on to the food..Jumjoji does offer quiet a few options for vegetarians
which is generally an issue faced in many other Irani cafes. We ended up ordering
Chicken dhansak, Mutton Dhansak, Chicken Sali boti and Chicken tawa wala.
Out of these if I had to pick something I would go to Jumjoji again for then
it would have to be Mutton dhansak with brown rice and kachumber and Chicken sali
boti. The dhansak with melt in the mouth mutton pieces gives a warm fuzzy
feeling..just like it should. And cutting through the richness of the dhansak
is the much needed and perfectly seasoned kachumber. A simple fair with onion, tomato and cucumber
tossed in some lime and chaat masala makes the meal feel complete! The chicken sali
boti was a perfectly spiced mild gravy with large succulent chicken pieces and was accompanied
with soft pav and crispy thin fried potato sticks called sali. A bite of the juicy chicken dunked in the gravy along with
crispy sali and soft pav was just perfect...just like the phrase "roti, kapda and makaan" they all go
together giving the much needed comfort to make your meal enjoyable. The menu here is reasonably priced even
though I feel the patra ni macchi is a bit over priced.
In Order to enjoy your experience to the fullest; the service needs to keep up with the food.
This is where Jumjoji falls back a bit. The inconsistency in the service is the issue here.
Overall the evening was pleasant. The food didn't make us go gaga over it but didn't disappoint either.
I would say go to Jumjoji if you are too lazy to go all the way to town or if you are craving for dhansak and sali boti.
But I'd say head to town once to enjoy the old world charm and food that the Irani cafes have to offer.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: mutton dhansak with brown rice and kachumber, chicken sali boti
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Parsi food in Mumbai is immediately related to South Mumbai. The suburbs are so deprived of this lip smacking cuisine and Jumjoji is here to serve the suburbs of Mumbai with a botoxed Parsi diner. Tucked away in the tiny lanes near Lilavati hospital, Jumjoji gives company to the very famous Candies. Well the ambiance of the place is unlike any Irani cafe you must have come across. It has clear white painted walls, no old wooden chairs, well air conditioned and no checkered table cloths. Its like an Irani cafe got a makeover done!! If you are not a big fan of the old world charm then I guess you won't be bothered by the ambiance. Jumjoji does try to add the Parsi humor through a funny inscription at the entrance talking about "How Parsi are you?" and also adds a bit of heritage through the pictures hung on the walls of the diner. I still do prefer the old over the new, but as I said not everyone is bothered by it. The next check for this place was food...if not for the ambiance will this restaurant reduce my trips to town during my cravings for sali boti or dhansak!? Well I'd say on lazy days I wouldn't mind opting for Jumjoji. The menu will surely make you smile because of the names given to the dishes. They are named after the aunties behind the recipes. We tried the Mutton Dhansak, Chicken Dhansak (both are served with brown rice and kachumber), Chicken sali boti with pav and chicken farcha. If I had to pick what I would order again here then it would have to be the Mutton Dhansak with brown rice and chicken sali boti. The dhansak was nice, creamy and is assured to give you that warm cozy feeling. Chicken sali had a well balanced gravy with succulent and generous portions of chicken. A bite of chicken dunked in gravy and sali wrapped in soft pav go so well just like the phrase 'roti, kapda aur makaan'..the much needed necessities! The prices are not too steep and although I haven't tried the Patra ni machi..I feel it is a bit over priced. To relish your meal in all; the service does matter, which is the issue here. It is not consistent! Been here twice and had two completely opposite experiences service wise.
Well, if you are not a fan of the old world or are just too lazy to mark upon a long trip to town then surely opt for this diner...but I'd say atleast once make and effort and enjoy a Parsi meal in town!!
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Raspberry soda, Mutton dhansak with brown rice, Chicken sali boti
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