Restaurant Review: Jughead’s, Andheri
Now, I’m a big fan of Pop Tate’s and was pretty sure I’d be happy dining at Jughead’s too. So when my cousin Vaishali and her fiancé Janmin (very funny and very sweet, BTW) offered to take me out to dinner, there was no second guessing the destination.
We showed up on a Candle Light Tuesday night, and were received well. There is nothing notable about the ambiance and it seemed to me like a bad version of Pop Tate’s. Still, not to judge a restaurant by it’s ambiance alone, eh?
There’s something I’d like to say now to any restaurant owner/anyone in the F & B industry that might end up reading this: See, when us patrons arrive at a restaurant, we like to get settled in. We like to sit back, take in the look and feel of the place, adjust our seats, run our hand through our hair, put away our cell phones and handbags, check out other diners, wonder if they are thinner/better looking, count apart veg and non-veg eaters at our table, decide who splits a dish with whom, banter a little and *thennnnn* have a look at the menu. Capisce?
So it’s unacceptable to rush us for our orders. Not when there are only three other tables occupied and closing hour is still a long way. Which was the case at Jughead’s that night. By the way, there were two guys sipping beer on another table, lookin a li’l uncomfortable with the candle light and roses on the table, probably discussing football or something and trying very hard to not look like a gay couple. Funny! 😛
For starters, we called for a Paneer and Babycorn Chilli (Rs 120). The name says Chilli. We love spice. Shouldn’t it be spicy? It wasn’t. And the sweet taste of the Babycorn din’t go well at all with the gravy. The Paneer though was soft and tasted amazing.
Next up, a Paneer Shashlyk Sizzler (Rs 200) which was a total letdown. The paneer again was super soft but that cannot make up for the bland taste. The French Fries at any McDonald’s outlet taste better than the ones as part of the Sizzler here. There was also stuffed capsicum in the Sizzler. Stuffed with mashed potatoes and no seasoning/spices. Huh?
I was quite looking forward to the Vegetable Lasagne (Rs 145). I’ve had it at Pop Tate’s with relish. The Lasagne arrived. Looking the same as what Pop Tate’s served. I grin and dug in. Hmm. Not too bad.. but something’s off. Uh, I give up trying to figure what.
Oh, wait. I haven’t bitched about the service yet. Our server, who’s supposed to *serve* us, just left the food on our table. We wait, thinking he’ll be back in a second. Nope, no go. So we call him and request him to serve us, which he does with a a frown and a sour reluctant face. I am not imagining things, I tell you.
Unfortunately, neither of us had cameras, so no pictures. But you can just imagine in your head what Pop Tate’s would look like when robbed.
Bottomline: Not going back, nope.
Details: De-Mall, 103/104, Above Skoda, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai. Call 26731761/26731762.
If you deem me capable (and hungry enough) of reviewing restaurants, see what I have to say about the newest Pop Tate’s outlet.