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Dec 22, 2012 03:15 PM

Juhu Beach Club to open brick 'n mortar in Temescal [Oakland]

Fab news for those of us in the East Bay:
Juhu Beach Club has taken over the location that had been SR24 at Telegraph and 51st St in the Temescal neighb of north oakland.

anticipate opening in March.

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  1. Looks like Juhu is opening tomorrow! Photos from the soft opening are up on Yelp. Menu looks promising, if a bit more expensive than other Indian restaurants in the area, though Juhu seems to offer slightly different, more unique fare. Menu is on the website.

    1. Here's the report from our chowdown at Juhu Beach Club two years ago when it was still in San Francisco to give you an idea of the cooking philosophy.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I made it for lunch yesterday. No line, but then again I was there right as they opened for lunch. Chef Preeti remembered me from the chowdown and stopped by to chat. Good memory! There was a line catty-corner across Telegraph at BSBs. I think a bunch of those folks should have crossed the street and would have been very happy and been served a lot faster if they had gone to JBC instead, even with JBC being a sit down joint! Their loss.

        I had the 3 pav combo with the lamb meatball, pork vindaloo, and short ribs. All three were wonderfully tasty, although I was hoping for more bite in the pork vindaloo -- the menu gives it the highest heat rating, but it never made me reach for my drink. The round lamb meatball squished down enough so that I could fit the pav into my mouth. My combo came with the masala fries which went nicely with the flavors of the pavs, although the fries were a bit salty. There were thin and slightly pliant just as I like them. I had the cilantro lemonade and loved it. While the flavor is intense, the mix of spices and the cilantro float on top were refreshing. I could imagine drinking a lot of that on a hot day. As it was, I poured some water into my glass to get some of the leftovers out of the nookies and crannies of the ice. :-)

        As has been mentioned, the lunch menu is mostly the pavs, so I'm going to have to come back in the evening to try out some other items. I'm just really glad that the restaurant now has a permanent home with a staff to assist Chef Preeti. She was doing it all by herself at her previous pop-up location in SF. I hope this location proves to be a winner.

        1. re: Peter Yee

          The lunch pavs would be fine with me too. I recall long ago an Indian ex-pat complaining to me that none of our local chaat places used the right kind of rolls. From what she described to me then, I imagine that these custom-made buns are exactly the ticket. And swathed with butter as god intended them.

          I very much enjoyed the nimbu pani also. Here's my photo, love the green cilantro rimming the ice cubes.

          And this also provides a look at the tableware that looks like disposable picnic supplies but they're reusable and sturdy for continued use. Just adds to the beach atmosphere.

      2. Dropped by at 9:15p on friday and found a line of folks waiting for tables. But not too long a wait for a seat at the bar for one. Some photos for opening night:

        1. Got in with no wait at 7pm tonight. It was bomb. Vibrant spices, bold flavors. We loved everything. Started with the cilantro lemonade---not too sweet and great flavor, really refreshing. Curious about their other lassi's and the chai next time. Crispy Paneer balls were crunchy on the outside and crumbly on the inside. Nice chutney-like sauce underneath. The guju chili was uniquely South Indian, and came out piping hot. Spice combination was comforting and the dollop of yogurt on top complemented it well.

          The Pavs are clearly a large part of the menu, and they help distinguish the restaurant. The starter bakery breads were outrageously good--lightly buttered on top and bottom. Nice color even. We tried the lil'p, the potato and ghost chili, and the chicken. The chicken was nice and juicy and came with the cole slaw which we had ordered separately---kindof a mustard flavor. My favorite was the potato with ghost pepper.

          I must really eat too much spicy food, because while I could tell there was a hint of ghost pepper, even this dish wasn't too spicy. Overall the heat level wasn't there, but the spices were varied, fragrant, and awesome. I felt guilty about asking for hot sauce because of how meticulous the spice combinations appeared.

          The lil'p Pav was great too--a close second to the potato and ghost pepper. Then came the curry shrimp which was a highlight for the night. The shrimp itself was perfectly cooked and fairly large. Quality of the ingredients really stood out with the shrimp. Also enjoyed the sweet peas and rice with this dish. The pickled sides were nice, but felt like they could've been pickled a little longer. The yogurt in the sides was great with the shrimp.

          Would love to go back and try the rest of the menu. And need to figure out if it's OK to ask if they have some sort of really hot sauce...

          Glad to see this place in Oakland!

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          1. re: hungree

            I have no shame in asking for hot sauce anywhere (except Korean and Indian restaurants, where so far, I've never needed it). Asked for it at Juhu and a house made red ghost chili paste was brought to the table that was really good! Since I need my heat pretty much all the time it helped enhance the flavors of the food. I say ask for it next time!

          2. Went for a lovely dinner last week. I had shrimp in a tomato-based sauce. The shrimp were perfectly tender/crunchy, sauce well-balanced, & the condiments (a very cardamomy raita, spiced fresh apples, crunchy picklish bit of chopped salad) really sparked the whole dish.

            Friend had fries & a salad w/ chicken in it, both yummy.

            Best of all, I felt great afterwards! Yay for good ingredients!

            We were charmed by the cups & plates that looked disposable but weren't, & the beautiful decor.

            Service was excellent; a small wrinkle was ironed out with such grace that I was almost more impressed than if it hadn't been there in the first place.

            I hope this is the restaurant that will finally stay in that location! Will definitely be back.

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            1. re: indigirl

              Was it crowded? Do you need a reservation or can you just walk in (with a wait under half an hour)?

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                We just walked in. I think we may have been on the early side, maybe 6ish or so. Waited about half a minute!

                1. re: indigirl

                  Thanks. It's on my "must try" list.

                2. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Starting last week, JBC's open for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays if that suits your schedule better.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    My suggestion if there's a half-hour wait or more:
                    walk across the street and have a margarita at Dona Tomas.
                    just sayin'...

                    1. re: escargot3

                      Pizziaolo and Bar Lata are very close too... DT is dead to me after I learned what good mole is.

                      1. re: bbulkow

                        The carnitas have always been good at Dona Tomas.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          Actually, I had possibly the most dried-out, stringy plate of carnitas ever at DT - granted, it was only a sample size of one for me, but bleah. I haven't been back since.

                          On-topic, though, I dropped by JBC for lunch last week, and loved the short-rib and lamb meatball pavs. Need to return soon and work my way through the rest of the menu.

                          1. re: Spatlese

                            +1 for bad, dried out carnitas @ DT. Haven't been back.

                        2. re: bbulkow

                          BB, Juhu only serves beer/wine. So I was just suggestin' a pre-dinner drink.

                          and i completely agree with Robert, the carnitas at Dona Tomas are excellent, as are the margaritas.

                          1. re: escargot3

                            I like Juhu's beer and wine list. They have wine on N2 tap system, I had a gruner veltner that was quite pleasant. For beer, they have Linden St and a few more.

                            The mixed drinks at Pizziaolo are quite good.