Gourmet By Day, Club By Night | Inside B Kitchen And Bar
When my colleague recommended we get lunch at B Kitchen and Bar, I was sceptical, having heard it transformed into a high-energy club post sunset. I’ve always been of the opinion that late night parties and good, gourmet food can’t go hand in hand so my friend convinced me to check out B, and see if my gold standard of dining held true.
B is a large space in Juhu, nestled in a lane just off Juhu Tara Road. My companion and I visited them for lunch to explore how a club by night, fared as a restaurant by day. The newly opened spot hosted only two other tables while we were there, which we were made aware of simply due to the sheer size of the restaurant. When you enter, to your right you find a seating area shaded by a canopy of trees, and to your left, is the entrance to step into the air-conditioned section. Within the air-conditioned space, two areas have glass for ceilings, which allow a ton of natural light to stream in. B is surrounded by trees, and house plants adorn every nook and corner of the restaurant, creating a brilliant contrast against the clean and modern architecture of the restaurant.
We had a wonderful cocktail called the Pine Chaat, which wasn’t on the menu, but the mixologist whipped up for us on the spot. It was a refreshing mix of pineapple, watermelon and orange juice with white rum.
B has a moderately sized and simple food menu, and highlights European cuisine. To start our meal, we selected a Tender Coconut, Avocado and Quinoa Salad. While I’m personally not a fan of quinoa, this fresh and light salad won me over with the textures of coconut cream, tender coconut, diced avocado and crunchy quinoa.
The Baked Brie was a simple baguette topped with brie cheese, fig jam, truffle oil and rocket leaves. The resistance from the bread, the softness of the cheese, the sweetness from the jam and the slight crunchiness from the rocket leaves truly worked for me, and all these elements were tied together by the luscious truffle oil.
For our third appetizer, we indulged in a classic portion of french fries that were laced with truffle oil. I often find that anything laced with truffle oil is actually truffle oil laced with anything, but luckily, that wasn’t the case with these fries.
Each of the three mains that we ate had a common theme – wholesomeness. The flavours and portion sizes contributed to that notion. The first one, the Paprika Chicken Steak with Cauliflower Rice and a Mushroom Jus was well-cooked and perfectly seasoned. The pungent paprika of the chicken contrasted nicely with the slightly bland rice.
The Mango Lasagne was great combination of cottage cheese, mango salsa, peppers, zucchini and pimentos rice. The salsa was packed with flavour, and elevated the simplicity of the paneer, giving us one more way to eat mangoes this season!
Lastly, we ordered the Seafood Al Ajillo which was a seafood broth with clams, mussels, prawns and squid. The strong seafood flavour transports you straight to the ocean and made for a very hearty meal. This is definitely something I would order again.
The descriptions of both the desserts we ordered sounded elaborate and divine, but truthfully, were a little underwhelming.
Carnival was a dessert platter of mini doughnuts, burnt apple caramel sauce, bubble gum ice cream, apple chips, caramel mousse, and an apple cake pop. The apple flavour failed to shine through and the doughnuts were tough, but the bubble gum ice cream was what took the cake for us. The bubble gum flavour was absolutely poppin’ and we had to order another scoop of just that.
Campfire Stories had 55% dark chocolate espuma, ‘smores, graham crackers, chocolate brownie, rice crispies, mint semifreddo and 70% dark chocolate sauce. While it sounds heavenly on paper, on the plate, it was all below par.
Overall, I loved the vibe of the restaurant owing to the natural light that illuminates the place. The food does justice to the vibe, and their menu has items fighting for your attention, making it hard for you to choose. B Kitchen and Bar proved to me that a club can provide more than just a thumping beat and a place to get drinks spilled on you!