As temperatures soar, satiate your juice fixation at 14 of the city’s most popular haunts. In the first of a two-part series, Suprita Mitter and Dipanjan Sinha pick seven standout finds from Bandra to Mulund
Elco Veg Restaurant, Bandra
ESTABLISHED in 1975, the veg restaurant at the Elco market on Hill Road is popular for its Pani Puri and neat street food but the juice section attracts hordes of thirsty shoppers as well. Though they have a long list of exotic and seasonal juices like the Anar Peru (R140) and Strawberry (R150), Mosambi (R90) still remains the top favourite. The other popular ones are the Strawberry, Watermelon and Pineapple juices, closely competing with the ever-popular Orange juice.
Crowds flock to Elco Juice Centre in Bandra; Mosambi Juice (below) at Elco Pics/Shadab Khan
Time: 9.30 am to 11.30 pm
At: 2/A, Elco Market, 46 Hill Road, Bandra (W).
Located in one of the busiest parts of Chembur, opposite the railway station, Sadguru is easily one of the most popular fast food joints of the suburb. The frantic activity inside the restaurant replicates the one outside.
While the original outlet opened in the 1970s, the restaurant boasts of four branches within Chembur. Best known for their Pav Bhaji and Ganga Jamuna juice (Rs 59), they also serve exotic juices, coolers and milkshakes.
Kohinoor juice is a mix of Pomegranate and pineapple juice
Next time you find yourself in the suburb, try the Kohinoor juice (Rs 70), a mix of Pomegranate and pineapple, which is popular at the joint. If you like your juice sweet, you are sure to fall for this one.
Time: 9 am to midnight
At: Janata Market, near Chembur Station, Chembur.
Amar Juice Centre, Vile Parle
Opentill the wee hours Amar Juice Centre has been a saviour for students and other night revellers with Pav Bhaji (Rs 120) and juices for two decades now.
Staffers rustle up juices in a jiffy at Amar juice centre
On a Sunday evening, when we were there, the staff smoothly managed a throng of people lounging on their cars and some even sitting on the footpath on the arrangements made by the shop. The Orange juice (Rs 70) has remained the favourite here. Pineapple juice (Rs 75), Grape (Rs 90) and Tomato juice (Rs 70) are the other popular ones.
Time: 12 pm to 2 am
At: No 3, Gulmohar Road, beside Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle (W).
HAS Juices & More, Mahim
This parlour already has been a huge draw since it opened shop five years ago. We tried their most popular mocktail HAS it all (Rs 120) and were impressed with the mix and the rich blend of apple, watermelon, orange, pineapple, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. The other sought after drink is the Berry Blast (Rs 150), a mix of pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and apple.
The HAS It All combination
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
At: Shop No 2, Halima Bal Building, Bhandar Gully, LJ Road, Mahim.
Hari Om Juice and Milkshake Centre, Vile Parle
Five Berry Juice
A visit to Bajaj Road, a hub for streetfood lovers, is incomplete without sipping on juices from this hangout. The 25-year-old stall offers over 60 juices, including the MaraMari (Rs 40), a concoction of pineapple, orange and mosambi and new-age varieties like Dragon Avocado, Kiwi and Grapefruit. Co-owner Suresh Gupta keep it healthy; we spotted him flipping through a booklet that describes the benefits of fruits. Another bestseller is Five Berry (Rs 280), a tangy-sweet thick shake made from blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, mulberry and strawberry.
Time: 12 noon to midnight
At: Hari Om Juice and Milkshake Centre, near Somaya Sadan, Vile Parle (W).
Blossom Juice Centre, Ghatkopar
Ii is hard to miss the line of cars parked outside this popular street snack and juice centre in Ghatkopar. The joint began as a humble juice center and kept adding to its menu, which includes their signature Pav Bhaji along with a long list of faloodas and milkshakes. We recommend you ask the helpful staff about specials of the day and seasonal options. We tried the Anjumm (Rs 175), an unusual mix of pear, pineapple and lychee and loved the fusion.
Anjumm at Blossom, Ghatkopar
Time: 5 pm to 12 pm
At: Vikrant Circle, Tilak Road, Ghatkopar (E).
Karthik Juice, Mulund
Summer Cool (foreground)
From morning walkers at the adjacent park to youngsters who try and impress girls with bike stunts, this haunt in the Cypress locality of Mulund is a hit. Their most-selling juices include Watermelon (Rs 30) and interesting mixes such as Kiwi Dragon (a seedy mix of kiwi and dragonfruit for Rs 120). The Mango milkshake (Rs150) is a popular after-dinner beverage for customers of the adjacent sandwich, dosa and snack stall. Summer Cool (Rs 50), a triple fruit mix of watermelon, sweetlime and pineapple is another pocket-friendly pick at this decade-old juice stall.
Time: 8 am to 11.30 pm
At: Karthik Juice, Swapna Nagari, Mulund (W).
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