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Curry Dive Report: Chowdown at Juhu Beach Club in San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Apr 1, 2011 05:01 PM

This morning I pulled out my Bengal tiger and Taj Mahal printed pants out of the closet. Turmeric-stained, they’ve been my regular attire for dozens of curry dive chowdowns at Indian, Pakistani and Nepali eateries over the years. Today they added a notch at Juhu Beach Club, San Francisco.

Juhu Beach Club (JBC) is three weeks old, the lunch time pop-up owned by Top Chef vet, Preeti Mistry.

With the deluge of pre-opening press and continued positive media coverage since, we expected to find a big crowd here. Instead, besides the eight in our group, we saw only two other people take a seat.

Here's the initial menu for Juhu Beach Club. In addition, iced chai, $2, chocolate chip chai spiced cookie, and a day's special of Navi Mumbai chicken salad, $8, were also available. Chef Preeti says she's looking to add more daily specials including a lamb burger/sausage thing.

We tried everything on the menu, ordering enough samosas for each of us and then splitting the other items and reordering our favorites. The menu descriptions are in “quotes” with a photo. I ask that my dining companions help fill in the details and share their opinions.

“India's Bizarre Love Triangle, $6 - Two potato and pea samosas with Preeti's chutneys and seasonal salad with citrus ginger vinaigrette.”
Even nicer, Chef Preeti came over to our table to explain the laborious process of making the very thin dough, parcooking them for extra crispness, and her debate over whether to serve them already drizzled.

“Holy Slow Braised Cow, $9 - Smoky black cardamon short rib sandwich with cucumber raita on an Acme bun.” My personal favorite, we got a second one of this.

“Sloppy Lil' P, $7 - Butter, spicy vegetarian sloppy joe.”

“Chowpatty Chicken, $7 - Green chili chicken sandwich with tangy cabbage slaw.”

A second chowpatty chicken sandwich, after we used the handle of the compostable fork to try to divide it to share. Loved the bright turmeric yellow slaw.

And we did order the day's special, Navi Mumbai salad, topped with grilled spicy chicken breast, roasted parships and crispy strips, but I forgot to photograph it. Likewise, “Sassy Lassi, $3 – Alphonso mango yogurt cooler with toasted cumin and lime”. Before leaving I got an iced chai, $2, for the road. Barely sweetened, the nuanced spicing tasted more direct and focused.

So, ‘hounds please have at it and tell us your likes and dislikes.

Juhu Beach Club
, San Francisco, CA

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