What originally started as a pop-up snack bar in San Francisco, Juhu Beach Club in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood has become a must-visit dining destination for visitors and locals alike. Top Chef alum, Preeti Mistry, has transformed an otherwise forgettable building fronted by a surface parking lot into a floral wallpaper-clad oasis at the crossroads of 51st and Telegraph Avenues. When you walk in, the vibrant pink walls coupled with the aroma of Indian spices make you feel transported to another place, and by seeing vintage images and posters, certainly to another time. Much like visiting India, Juhu Beach Club stirs your senses in various ways all at the same time. Come see inside this gorgeous local spot and learn which dishes to order that will make you come back!
When to go: The consummate beauty of Juhu Beach Club is that its the perfect place for multiple occasions. They serve a unique brunch on the weekends that marries traditional favorites with a fun spin, such as their Doswaffles: a gluten-free, Belgian waffle meets a southern Indian dosa. Served savory (with tamarind fried chicken), or sweet (with nutella, cardomon whipped cream, and bananas). The Hangover Cure has bacon fried rice, and that’s all one really needs to know.
Want to make it a family night? Juhu has an elevated kids’ menu that will make you jealous. Order the butter chicken curry with either basmati rice or masala fries. Or better yet, both.
Can’t stay for dinner but can meet for a drink? Then the Sari Not Sorry, with rye whiskey absinthe and strawberry, will make you feel like you are on a beach in Goa. Another popular favorite is the Monkey Margarita that gets its refreshing vibe from tamarind and lime.
What to order: For appetizers, don’t miss trying the Manchurian Cauliflower (sweet and sour…plus crispy!) and the Bombay Sandwich: a pressed cheese sandwich with cilantro chutney and chaat masala, that comes with a cup of tomato soup.
For a main meals, we can’t resist the Tamarind Coconut Curry, a vegetarian dish with eggplant and kobocha squash (served with lemon rice), or the Methi Chicken, a leg braised in a tomato butter sauce. End your evening out with a Sassy Lassi and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation as you stare at the restaurant’s cheerful pink walls and contemplate another order of fries.
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Original images for 24 East by Lauren Andersen