Sushi and Dimsums, precisely these very two things have are being exploited left, right and centre in Mumbai! “Being a QSR” is just not an excuse for serving unauthentic and tasteless sushi and dim sums, which is exactly what a lot of places in Bombay are currently doing! I mean, think about it!…When someone asks you for “A GOOD SUSHI PLACE” you can think only of 2-3 places in the city right?
Well, get ready to add one more to the list cos well…Jia has arrived…and HOW!
Located in the leafy enclaves of Dhanraj Mahal, Colaba, Jia has finally opened its doors to Mumbaikars. Jia is a brainchild of the iconic family of Mumbai’s favorite traditional Cantonese restaurant, Royal China (which happens to be my absolute favourite place in the city!).
Jia, which in Mandarin means – ‘I love my family,’ is actually a feeling that is special to the owners. It also resonates with the idea that a restaurant is not merely an establishment, it is a family unit that works together to serve the best experience to their customers.
Specialising in Dim Sums, Sushi, Thai and Modern Chinese dishes, the highlight of Jia is amalgamates world class quality ingredients with modern Cantonese cooking methods to create wonders for both the palette as well as the eyes.
With a strong focus on taste, Jia boasts of an array of fresh ingredients that have been imported from across the globe like Berkshire Pork from United Kingdom, Chillies from Thailand, Truffles from Italy, Edamame from Japan and so on.
While the food at Jia is on par with quality modern Chinese kitchens around the world, the interiors are sure to add to the overall dining experience. In soothing grey undertones, the unique part of the interiors of Jia is the eclectic all white ceiling that resembles a bee hive.
With a strong understanding of the Indian palette and awareness of the need of what is the need of the hour, while Royal China prides itself in serving traditional Cantonese cuisine, Jia will give me the wings to explore with cuisines like Japanese and Thai.
Before I talk about what I ate, I must mention that Jia has an exclusively special menu only for the Vegetarians and this is the perfect answer to the age old debate of “Vegetarians dont have many options to eat from!”
I didn’t really try a lot of cocktails or mocktails since I wanted to splurge o the food. However the Mojito and the Sugarcane Juice that we tried were as good as it gets!
We started with the Edamame Truffle Dumpling and I finally, after a bad experience with these at a lot of places, was so very happy with these! The proportion of the truffle to the edamame to the dumpling skin was absolutely spot on!
The Lobster Roll was cooked perfectly and was wrapped around a silky Hi Fun Noodle and was simmering in the most delicious black pepper sauce.
The Lobster Dumpling too was steamed to perfection and was as delicious as it was gorgeous to see!
The Prawn Cheung Fun was velvety, smooth and absolutely delicious!
Jia is one of the rare places in the city which has managed to nail the art of Sushi. Not only are all their sushi absolutely gorgeous to look at but are as good as any sushi can get! Out of the ones I tried, my favourites were The Spider Roll (Soft Shell Crab Sushi) which is unique and brilliant apart from being bloody delicious, The Dragon Roll (Truffle mustard, cream cheese, togarashi, avocado, salmon, tuna, hamachi, caviar) which you will love if you love “real sushi” and the Jia Special Roll (Crispy Tempura Prawn Sushi) which sounded delicious and tasted even better!
It is important here that I tell you that the sushi here is very, very filling. So if you plan to eat the appetisers and mains too (which you should), order a balanced quantity of sushi!
The Glass Noodle Seafood Salad was gorgeously subtle in its flavors and the variety of textures in this salad was absolutely brilliant!
The Crispy Prawns with Burnt Garlic and Almond as well as the Crispy Calamari were cooked to perfection and are a great munch ons with your cocktails.
If you are trying “Pork” for the first time in your life, there is no other place than Jia that I would recommend that you have it! The Double Cooked Berkshire Pork Belly with Oyster and Truffle Glaze is hands down the best preparation of Pork I have eaten in India and abroad! The Pork Belly was literally melting in your mouth and the flavors of the meat with the glaze and the pok choy was an absolute foodgasm!
The Seafood Ho Fun are a perfect choice if you want to have some nice noodles and they go amazingly well with the Stir Fried Broccoli.
Jia also has some really good Macaroons and a mean Tres Leches Cake that you can have. However, if you are planning on skipping the food to make place for desserts I have to strongly discourage you from doing that.
All in all, keeping the price points on par with Royal China, the food at Jia does not compromise on quality in anyway thereby maintaining high standards with every dish. They are planning to open an outlet in Bandra soon and while I cant wait for that, you must head to Colaba if you want to enjoy really good oriental food for now!
Until next time…..