It isn’t hard to spot Jamjar even without any signboards; the blue cottage exterior with its warm wooden doors and white trim is sure to become a landmark for anyone in need of directions. And if the person is hungry as well as lost, he’d best enter the eatery to feel better about his geographically challenged ways.
Stone floors and lopsided wall-hung cabinets greet you as you enter. A shiny jukebox enjoys pride of place. Apart from vintage knickknacks such as metal tins and ceramic jars, the cabinets also accommodate an assortment of books and comics and Scrabble. There are also promises of free Wi-Fi and an all-day bar, sure to make freelancers very happy.
Jamjar focuses on diner food but their unique spin on most drinks and dishes makes for delightfully eccentric cuisine. Before the preview meal, the owners (of Bonobo fame) cautioned that the food was still being tweaked but the warning turned out to be wholly unnecessary.
The soup, Bowl of Chili (Rs 200), was garnished with sour cream, spring onion and tortilla strips. The strong Mexican flavours made it absolutely delicious. The savoury Jalapeno and Cheddar Waffle (Rs 180) was equally scrumptious although our waffle did begin to miss the cheese when it was left alone. We would have loved the BBQ Chicken Burger (Rs 275) stuffed with crisp onion rings, smoked gouda and pickles more had it not been for the rings which were too hard for our liking.
While calorie counters wouldn’t find solace in a diner, Jamjar does make efforts to make the health-conscious happy. Take the ABC Juice (apple, beetroot and capsicum) for instance. Normally, we would have turned our nose up at this concoction for being too healthy but it was surprisingly tasty. Note to self: A great addition to a diet menu. The Peanut Butter Shake, on the other hand, didn’t find a new fan. The Coffee Hazelnut Smoothie had great flavours but was too watered-down. A thicker version would become an instant favourite. The last drink of the evening, the Twisted Bloody Mary proved to be a welcome finale — the flavours were tart and our brains were happy.
When it opens, Jamjar will serve a set list of 12 cocktails, each with a twist, and a variety of burgers, pizza, pancakes, waffles, Mexican cuisine and dessert. The owners firmly believe in serving only the kind of food they enjoy. The Red Velvet Pancake on the menu caught our attention. Note to self: Must try soon.
With the kind of relaxed atmosphere and scrumptious food the preview served up, Jamjar is sure to be a crowd favourite.