Joss – Treats from the Far East
Joss is a fine dining restaurant, and is the success story and brainchild of renowned Chef Farrokh Khambata. Nestled in SantaCruz west, next to the Mini Cooper showroom, the restaurant has created a niche for itself in the world of modern far-eastern cuisine and promises further delight with time to come. This gastronomical adventure offers authentic Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Balinese cuisine. So the second part for our #FollowtheFoodie initiative with Gourmetitup.com was at the magical Joss and boy, did we love the place!
The Gourmetitup Menu and #FollowtheFoodie Experience.
Well we’ve be wanting to go to Joss, ever since it re-opened in Santacruz (closer to home) as the Foodie, our aspiring connoisseur of all things Japanese, really wanted to check it out! They have also introduced a lot of Thai and Korean dishes on their menu but they weren’t a part of the GIU menu, but Sushi? Dim-sums? They were all a part of the menu so we were happy 😀 We got a nice and warm welcome from the lady at the door, and on entering Joss we saw the place was almost packed with families and huge groups of people!!
Our Gourmet it up menu was presented to us by a really happy looking fellow who kept us entertained throughout and explained everything on the menu. We would like to thank him for helping us order our dishes.The first course was broken into sushi, dim-sum and soup. We opted for the Sun-set Boulevard in Sushi and Prawn-Chive Dumpling; in our appetizers we called for the Chicken with fermented bean and burnt chili and a Yum Kung Prawn with pipette jus. Our mains included banana leaves wrapped Arabian Sea Bass with Balinese Spice Mix and Barbecue chicken with Thai hot chilli and Holy Basil with a portion of steamed rice and Thai green curry. For dessert we had a plate each of Smoking Permitted, a Chocolate Cigar with Prune and Armagnac Ice Cream and Crème Brûlée which included Mocha Kahlua and Mandarin Cointreau. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Well you will just need to read a little more to find out!
The Foodie, loves her Japanese. Her knowledge has increased tremendously when it comes to this cuisine simply because of all the tasting and padhai she has done over it, in the last few months. Starting with the Sun-Set Boulevard a Tempura Prawn rolls with Asparagus and Snow Crab. It looked and tasted like a tempura prawn roll but the asparagus and Snow Crab was either missing or was lost somewhere in the sushi roll. The presentation was top notch and the spicy mayo drizzle did add another element of taste to the roll. The dumpling was absolutely spectacular!! Really plump mother-f*cking dumplings with chopped prawns stuffed in a dough made of spinach and topped with a sesame oil foam. The sauce accompanying the dumpling made them taste that much better.
Appetizers is what really made us happy at Joss. The Gourmet it Up guys have selected the restaurants best appetizers and put it on their menu! The Fermented bean Chicken with dried chili was one of the simple dishes that turned out to be the tastiest dish, we’ve eaten! Succulent batons of chicken with basil and dried burnt chili. A classic combination done well at Joss. We were sad that only 5 batons were given, the Foodie could not stop talking about how they nailed the cooking of the chicken pieces and the dried chilli really added to the over all flavor!! The Yum Kung Prawns were four jumbo prawns that were suspended onto a plastic pipette which had cold sauce at the bottom.
Full marks for presentation and taste, this is a dish that was served cold again emphasizing on the fact that simple ingredients makes things taste great! This dish made us use all our senses, they got us hooked onto the visual presentation, made us feel the dish (cctually) as we had to pick up the pipette and suck the sauce out and as we said it tasted really good!
For our mains we opted for the non-vegetarian dishes, and they were accompanied with a portion of steamed rice and Thai veg green curry. The BBQ chicken with Thai chili and basil was a good dish but nothing that would make us get out of our seat and jump with joy, but the Sea Bass with Balinese spices did! Only regret was that we got the tail pieces, but it tasted fantastic. Thai green Curry was smooth, silky and had the right amount of coconut milk. It was a great accompaniment to the entire meal and held both our mains together.
Desserts and Final Thoughts:
The desserts had two options a duet of Creme Brulee and A Chocolate Cigar with Date and Armagnac Ice Cream. The brulee had two contrasting flavours of Mandarin Cointreau and Mocha Kahlua. Both were without the mold, something that we had not seen before and were caramelized to perfection. You could smell it from a distance, as it was approaching. The crack of the brulee was heard throughout the restaurant, it was classic. The cigar with the heavy chocolate pudding went really well with the light ice cream of date and Armagnac.
This extensive 4 course menu by Gourmet it up at Joss showcases some of the best dishes that they have to offer. Priced at a moderate 1400 (All inc.) this experience is a good option for people who love their pan-asian food. Infact the Chef liked this place so much he took his parents there after a week from this experience. They gorged on some great sushi, Korean as well as Thai delicacies. Joss has a wide menu for both the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, and we must say this place is a must visit!!
Value For Money: -NA-
(This meal was sponsored and is a part of the #FollowtheFoodie campaign brought to you by Gourmetitup.com. However honest reviews and suggestions have been given by the BombayFoodies. We must admit that Joss is a reasonable place, when the Chef went there the next time, A non-vegetarian Sushi boat, Prawn Bisque, Veg Massaman curry and Prawn Bibimbap costed him 5200/- (all inc.)