Jia - Never went wrong with ROYAL CHINA. Been a regular there. Standards set high. Heard JIA belongs to the same group, frankly was itching to visit the place. First impression - WOW. Soothing decor, not heavy. Inviting feel. Spacious/Royal. It's known as "Jia the Oriental Kitchen" Specializing in Dim Sums, Sushi, Thai and Modern Chinese dishes. Bar is fully stocked as well. 2 levels of sitting. Ambiance/Service was fantastic In short the overall experience was Amazing.
Jia is the brainchild of Neville Vazifdar and aims to be the modern counterpart of oriental cuisine. Jia means "I love my family" in Mandarin and you get that family feel when you visit the place.
Here is what we had:
Lobster Roll In black Pepper sauce - This is a very delicate dish which was executed well. Had that spicy taste to it. A hit of Fresh black pepper and the sauce. Basically sliced Lobster rolled in Ho fun noodles ( Chinese noodles made from rice - flat ) sauce had Nice punch of ginger/Garlic/Spices - overall soft nice texture.
Cream Cheese roll - Vegetarians , Go for this. perfect in texture taste. Cream cheese/Avocado/Lettuce/Cucumber and the spices/sauces which they call it chefs secret. Nicely done. Looked fresh and loved each piece.
Double cooked Berkshire pork belly with Oyster and truffle Glaze - This was served with Mantou bread. The chef has nailed this dish to perfection. Tender juicy full of flavor and soft pork belly , went well with the Oyster sauce ( garlic/ginger/Chili/Soy) Served with Pakchoy which were fresh and White fungus ( fermented Mushrooms ) yet another element which enhances the taste. If you like Pork this is a dish which needs to be asked for !
Mantou bread - Chinese bread either served steamed for fried. We asked for the fried. Made of wheat flour. This was excellent. The texture/density - just perfect . It tends to be just a bit sweet as they may be adding sugar/Honey as leavening agent. Do order. Goes well with any dish or just have it and keep on having it. Soft/Golden brown. In short fantastic.
Sushi - This was made brilliant. Correct balance of all the elements. Been having Sushi over the last 3/4 days and would rate this is one of the best. NOT STICKY compared to the one i had it a couple of days back. This was called DRAGON ROLL - Truffle Mustard ( Nice combination ) Flavor and sharp , cream cheese , togarashi ( a special 7 spice powder which they use to get the aroma and flavors ) avocado / salmon / tuna , Hamachi ( Type of Japanese fish ) caviar and chef's secret sauce. Perfect. So many elements and condiments and to balance it perfectly - great job. Presentation was perfect. Tasted lovely. Just what sushi is all about.
Spicy Har Gow with Truffle ( Caviar ) We asked this in Chicken. Done well. Nice texture. Nice stuffing of chicken ( minced and mushrooms ) Wheat start and the corn starch mix which gave a lovely outer layer. Spicy. Topped with caviar.
Morning Glory - I can't miss this. Specially when it comes to authentic Chinese preparation ( Royal China / Jia ) came owners and same preparation. Also known as Water spinach. Simple yet beautifully cooked subtle flavors and Garlic on the top with Red chilies.It's a simple Thai dish made in a couple of minutes. Also Known as Pak Boong . Stir fried and can go with every meal. It has a very different texture. Overall very good.
Truffle Edamame Dumpling - Looked simple tasted amazing . Its all about Truffle . be it The Minced/Diced Truffle ( mushrooms ) and the Truffle oil - got that aroma. Lovely texture . Perfect layer. Topped with caviar. Vegetarian delight.
Crispy Duck roll - This was an interesting order. never had duck before. This was outstanding. Basically comes in the shape of a spring roll stuffed with thinly sliced duck ( breasts ) Spiced ( pepper/Clove / ref chills / ginger / soy sauce ) Rolled in a shape of Spring roll , Fried and served.Since i say it was my first time , I loved what i had. No complains. Got that sweet/tangy taste.
King Prawns in Home made XO sauce - Xo originated in Hong Kong , Jia has got Hong Kong to colaba. Lovely sauce - this is the star dish of the day. When they say King prawns it was ! Amazing. basically the prawns were a fresh catch stir fried. Lovely condiments added to the sauce. garlic/Soy sauce/ lemon grass / spring onions a hint of sugar and oil and bell peppers. Topped with Micro greens. Loved this and a must try if you like prawns. Got that spicy garlicky flavor of the XO sauce . Overall a nicely balanced dish.
Bar : Cocktails are excellent. Had the Usual Classics - Old Fashioned and the Whiskey sour - Nice job done by the bar tender ( Raju if i recollect the name - ( ex Good wife )
Milk Chocolate Praline - A must have not that sweet but nice texture creamy , delicious.
Overall - F A N T A S T I C
Must Visit Place.