Review: Look out for flavourful Pan-Indian delicacies and thickshakes at Juri Cafe & Bar in Jubilee Hills
When Juri Cafe & Bar was launched recently, replacing restaurant Mocha Bar, we had our set of doubts. The latter offered a delicious fusion fare and was also a favourite among food enthusiasts and celebs alike. We nevertheless made our way to the lounge to find out what it has to offer.
As we walk into the outlet, we notice that the ambi ence mostly remains the same, except a few additions — catchy graffiti featuring people with a camera, and a breakfast section (open only till noon). Much to our relief, the vast outdoor seating, covered with trees that offer a respite from the bustling Jubilee Hills road, hasn’t been disturbed. “We knew that people loved the ambience of Mocha Bar. So we let most of that be. With Juri, we wanted to give a lounge and cafe vibe with more food and drink options. We’ve also dedicated a separate space for gigs and performances,” says owner Vikas Kaleru. Taking inspiration from fine-dining restaurants, the 350-seater has comfortable couches for couples and wooden benches for larger groups.
The elaborate menu offers Pan-Indian cuisine with a few global dishes like Norwegian Grilled Salmon and Spanish Grilled Tuna. We begin our meal with Crispy Arancini.
Staying true to its name, the arancini balls are served with spicy salsa sauce, which perfectly complements the cheese filling.
We gulp it down with the sweet Strawberry Cheesecake Shake. If you want to give shakes a skip, opt for Mango Lavender Slush.
Although Juri Cafe offers vegetarian as well, it truly is a meat lover’s delight — delicious and unique Roti Me Boti is proof.
Succulent mutton chunks, cooked with Indian spices, are served on a 6-inch roti. The tangy Bhuna Hua Gosht and comforting Kheema Khichdi are also must-haves. Those looking for some Asian options can choose Chicken Bao.
From the dessert section, we dig into the Chocolate Mud Pie — the soft mud pie was perfectly paired with a vanilla scoop. Heads up — it’s laced with cocoa sauce and is strictly for chocolate lovers.
If you’re looking for something that has lesser sweet quotient, we recommend the Caramel Parfait.
Price for two: Rs.1,600.
Pics: R Satish Babu & A Harini Prasad