Set in the plush side lanes of Colaba, Mumbai, Jia is an exquisite restaurant that spells warmth and gorgeousness from the onset. The restaurant is located on the lane leading towards the Gateway of India, and the prime location means you certainly won’t break a sweat to locate it. The fine dine restaurant is adorned with an ornate entrance, and the high ceiling duplex dining hall inside has a textured ceiling to make the entire ambience plush and heartwarming. Each of the dining tables are set at a comfortable distance from each other to give you an air of space and privacy, and are lit well with an amber glow. Add to that the amiable staff taking care of you, and you have the perfect atmosphere for a special date.
Jia’s all-new, special tasting menu is a resplendent, theatrical affair of glamorous plating and delightfully clinking chinaware. Here, you get three options – specially curated 7- and 12-course menu for vegetarians, and an exhaustive 12-course menu for non-vegetarians.
As is the custom, each of these menus begin with soups, on to a multi-course appetiser set, and finally through a multi-course mains set to desert and Chinese tea to end with. The non-vegetarian tasting course is the star of the show. You begin with the succulent and crispy konafah prawn as amuse bouche, and that is closely followed with Thai Lobster soup. The soup is rich in flavours, and has a perfect balance of salt and strong essence.
This is followed by two select dim sums – prawn with black caviar, and crab meat. Each of them come with a soft, succulent coating and rich filling, but are cooked light to ensue that it does not heavily fill you up.
Then comes sushi, which Jia calls ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ with hamachi and salmon carpaccio. Even for someone who isn’t overtly fond of sushi, this is an absolutely brilliant dish, and is flavoured to perfection, with the right texture.
This is followed by two appetiser courses – prawn-stuffed tofu and steamed scallops. The tofu, to be precise, is a hidden gem of this elaborate course. This is followed by duck salad, which yet again offers excellent texture of dish.
Finally, the mains begin with Jia’s signature star – the forest honey-baked Chilean sea bass. If you are a seafood fanatic, there’s a good chance that you’d go crazy about this one. Additionally, it is offered in one of the most exquisite plating that we’ve seen till date.
Following this, you get double-cooked Berkshire pork belly, crispy finger chicken and five treasure mushroom fried rice, to truly complete your meal.
The assorted dessert platter in the end is a collection of macaroons, chocolate mouse and mango-based desserts, and you end all of it with the delightful Chinese tea.
This is possibly the best Oriental course that you can sample in Mumbai, and maybe even in India. The Jia oriental course covers everything that you can think of, and does it in grand style. This is fine dining, at the very best.
- The 12 course non-vegetarian menu is priced at ₹3850 plus taxes, per person. Whereas the vegetarian 12 course menu is priced at ₹3500 plus taxes, per person.
- The seven course menu is priced at ₹1900 plus taxes for the vegetarians and ₹2100 plus taxes for the non-vegetarians.
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