I had been dying to check out Juhu Beach Club ever since it caught my eye on Anthony Bourdain’s Bay Area episode of “Parts Unknown”. Chef Preeti Mistry’s Indian street food restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood was by far my favorite part of the show. I mean, you can only watch Bourdain rolling around on a mat practicing jiu jitsu for so long. Am I right?! So when I had the chance to swing by JBC for a boozy lunch with Leslie, I was sure to bring my appetite. The spicy chicken wings served in a sticky vindaloo glaze were a thing of beauty. The pavs (slider-sized sandwiches) were recklessly delicious. And the bhel salad (served in a jar) was overflowing, quite literally, with a diversity of textures and flavors. In addition, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention their cocktails, which all utilize many of the kitchen’s savory ingredients – like rum, mango, lime and cranberry chutney. Or my favorite, bourbon and hot chai . . . gah, so good!!
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