‘Jashn’ which literally translates to ‘celebration’ is in all honesty just that – a celebration of Indian food. The concept behind the restaurant is ‘progressive Indian dining’ – Indian food with an international spin. A fusion dining experience that brings you tradition with a little contemporary twist!
I’ve been to Jashn thrice before we were invited recently to taste the new menu. So before I tell you what’s new – let me first tell you why I keep going back – the food! (Yep, it’s as simple as that!)
I love their ‘Pani puri‘ shots, a novel idea of flavored water served with chaat. The smoked butter chicken, triple cheese ‘Malai kebabs‘ and the ‘Kurkure Bhindi‘ would definitely have to be my favorites.
‘Jashn’ is known to take dishes that don’t appeal to their customers, off their menu. I was just happy to know that the ‘Kurkure Bhindi‘ is still on there! (I don’t like my veggies but this crispy okra served on a bed on potatoes with gravy is just yummy! – one can’t complain.)
Now the nice people at ‘Jashn’ have some new dishes to offer. We tasted some dishes that have already made it to the new menu and a few more that are still a ‘work in progress’ hoping to make it to the menu soon (when perfected and named!!!)
The first noticeable change is the ‘amuse bouche‘ – previously ‘chaat’ served in a puri, now a chunk of watermelon filled with tangy water and some jalapeno peppers. (Smacks you right out of your stupor and has you ready for the dishes that follow! hehehe)
They have a new line up of drinks too, I loved the Mango Margarita (my new favorite)
The ‘Shikanji Mojito’ is a large refreshing drink. A traditional drink of light ginger juice and all things tangy – it aims to help with digestion! (a perfect addition to an afternoon of Indian food!)
The ‘Deconstructed Narangi’ (which needed to be shaken up a bit before you actually tasted the orange) It’s a lovely drink with just a hint of orange. The ‘fish bowl’ is still a work in progress but sounds promising! The plan is to serve it with flavored, coloured fish and shell shaped ice.
We started off with the ‘Parmesan Pav Bhaji‘ served with mini bread buns on a skewer. A spiffy twist to how the dish is normally presented, it brought back so many fond memories. (Considering we lived on Pav Bhaji, Dosas, Frankies, Open Sandwiches and Coffee in college! – those were the days)
The ‘Schezwan Chicken Tikka‘ served with pistachio ‘hummus‘ was definitely the dish of the day! It’s something I would recommend to anyone dining at ‘Jashn’.
Up next, the ‘Spinach and Cheese Cigars‘ served with ‘Thai Salsa‘ – an amazing way to get the kids to eat their greens.
The ‘Paneer Bhurji Quesadilla‘ served with mango confetti and sour cream – a combination of Indian and Mexican flavors.
And finally, the ‘Chicken Kadai Pasta‘ served with these cute ‘Pesto Naans‘ – looked Italian, sounded Indian, tasted so good. The pesto naans were so soft, flavorful and paired really well with the pasta!
My favorite part of every meal – dessert! We had the ‘trio platter‘ – a combination of ‘mud cake‘ served with whipped cream (I would have preferred ice cream) ‘Phantom Cigarettes‘ (Cigarette shaped candies) and the ‘Parle-G Sandwich’ (Cheesecake sandwiched between 2 Parle-G biscuits). The trio platter is still a work in progress. The idea behind it is to bring back childhood memories – It’s something most of us (Indians) have eaten as kids.
Up next was the ‘Gulab Jamun Cheesecake‘. I love cheesecake and I love Gulab Jamuns. Whoever came up with this combination deserves a pat on his back and free cheesecake for life !!!! (Added to my list of things to order again.. and again… and again)
Deepak Daryani – the gentleman who owns the place is truly passionate about fusion food! His enthusiasm is so evident by the way he talks about each dish, the thought process behind each collaboration and how he envisions the outcome!
You can find ‘Jashn’ on Facebook. For more pictures of the afternoon head over to my facebook page or go directly to the album (Don’t forget to click ‘like’ when you get there!) And before I forget, ‘Jashn’ is part of the Entertainer – Oman (yay! If you love dining out in Oman, you should consider purchasing the app… or the book – I prefer the app!)