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India Today - - SIMPLY MUMBAI - Com­piled by Prachi Rege

This mon­soon, all you food­ies are in for a treat with Miche­lin- starred Chef Sergi Arola’s first ven­ture in In­dia called Arola, a Span­ish bar and res­tau­rant. Lo­cated at the JW Mar­riott in Juhu, the res­tau­rant has been done up with clas­sic, chic in­te­ri­ors fea­tur­ing bright red so­fas cou­pled with black wooden fur­ni­ture.

There are many op­tions to start your evening with— given their 30 va­ri­eties of gin from across the world adorn­ing the wall be­hind the bar. And what bet­ter way to en­joy your drink than at the Arola’s smok­ing lounge that pro­vides a lovely view of the Ara­bian Sea. Blend­ing the styles and tastes of Span­ish and In­dian cul­ture, the meal at Arola is served in eth­nic brass cut­lery.

Chef Arola seeks to recre­ate the pop­u­lar dishes of his home re­gion, Cat­alo­nia. En­joy the In­dian twist, when in­stead of a bas­ket of bread you will be served a naan with sea salt, vir­gin olive oil and tomato puree. Be­gin your meal with the sig­na­ture Span­ish dish, the patatas bravas— minia­ture deep fried pota­toes gen­er­ously filled with spicy tomato sauce and topped with ai­oli. The steam­ing hot Gam­bas prawns cooked in vir­gin olive oil and the ar­roz de bo­ga­vante ( lob­ster rice) are great sea food de­lights. Served pip­ing hot, the rice is full of lit­tle pieces of lob­ster, mak­ing it a sat­is­fy­ing meal. Av­er­age meal for two Rs 5,00 in­clu­sive of taxes At Lobby Level, J. W. Mar­riott Ho­tel, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu Tel 66933344

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