I still remember my first visit to Jamjar Diner, when it had first opened up. I had never really noticed the little bungalow that houses it before, and on a random day, driving towards Yari Road, I had spotted what had transformed into an eye-catching little blue cottage.
Instead of heading to the coffee shop where I was meeting my friend, I took a u-turn, stopped right in front of it (to check its name), and asked my friend to meet me there.
The small façade cleverly keeps the spacious and quirky interiors concealed. Once you walk in, Jamjar Diner reveals itself as a split-level restaurant with light streaming in through a skylight (built-in by the architects), plus an alfresco area with mosaic-tiled seating.
Even today, the restaurant is just as it used to be back then. Across the two levels, wooden shelves are mounted seemingly haphazardly on the double-ceilinged wall and filled with knick-knacks—including ceramic jars that grandmothers would make pickles in—as well as vinyl records, comics and more ceramic crockery for show. Plus, it’s still the ideal place to groove to 70s-style music that the jukebox pelts out or to play board games.
If food and drink is what draws you, then Jamjar Diner is the lottery. It was the first place in the city to serve cocktails in a jar— and still does. You’ll get a heady concoction of cocktails (ask for their special mojito) and (light) sangrias served in them. The kitchen focuses largely on Tex-Mex cuisine with a little bit of Italian and American fare—their Queso + Pico De Gallo quesadilla is one of the best you’ll eat in the city. Try the Jalapeño Mac & Cheese, Crispy Basa Fish Tacos, the Barbecue Chicken Burgers and/or the Grilled 3 Cheese sandwich. You won’t regret it.
How to Get There:
Where: 7A & B, Arram Nagar 2, Behind Washing Bay, Yari Road, Versova, Andheri West
Contact: +91 7506640066 | 022 26358880
Timings: All Days 9 AM to 1 AM
Cost: ₹1,500 for two people