When you’re a straight up gangster like I am you’ll find yourself visiting Goregaon a lot more than you’d like to. And while making fun of Goregaon is pretty much all I do for a living these days, I’m going to give them a free pass. Again. But only because they introduced me to a life of luxury; a place where the WiFi is free, the air conditioning is existent, the toilets are clean and the chicken wings are all you can eat. They call it, Jai Prakash.
From the outside Jai Prakash looks like any other dive bar. From the inside it looks like any other dive bar too. But it isn’t. Not by a long shot. No self respecting dive bar would ever give people free WiFi and be so relatively unthreatening to women. I mean you’d think a bar in Goregaon East would be at least a little bit scary, but it isn’t. Not even the lighting that’s so dim it would still somehow be brighter if they switched the lights off entirely, helps. To me any place that doesn’t threaten me with the prospect of being beaten up by the natives isn’t really one worth writing about at all. But this definitely is, if only because of their all you can eat chicken buffet.
Jai Prakash, from 12pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday has an offer you can’t refuse. All the chicken you can possibly eat for just Rs.320. It’s every bit as good as it sounds, and there’s not catch, unless you count having to go to Goregaon as a catch, in which case there’s just one. But good deals and gluttony are what drive you then I think it’s worth visiting. The buffet menu is separate from the real menu but there’s no shortage of things to choose from, even though for some reason they don’t let you call for anything on the vegetarian menu. I like that concept; segregation.
1) Chicken Rainbow Soup
We’re not making this shit up. That’s really what they call it, and while pink is probably the most unappetising and suspicious colour for soup, the broth itself is actually pretty good, just try not to think too hard about what you’re having.
2) Chicken Kebab
The chicken kebab was a little sour for some reason, but I quite liked it. Unlike most of the other things on the menu that were deep fried in batter, this wasn’t, so you’re basically eating giant chunks of chicken which make it as filling as hell.
3) Chicken Meatballs
The chicken meatball wasn’t entirely chicken; it was minced meat with vegetables or whatever fried in batter. But that’s actually a good thing, chicken is a trash bird, sure it’s okay because it’s still meat, but it’s barely acceptable. It’s the Royal Stag of non vegetarianism. But I liked the chicken meatballs quite a bit.
4) Chicken Chilli Wings
The only reason you’re still reading this awful article, and probably my favourite item on the menu. It wasn’t very spicy and a pain in the butt to eat without making a mess and looking like a semi savage, but it was excellent. And remember, you can call for as many plates as you like.
We also called for Chicken Biriyani and a Chicken Maharaj, but only so we could finish the review. They were just alright, but a waste of valuable space if I’m being honest. I’d much rather just fill up on the starters. Don’t forget to call for the Gulab Jamun.
The Decree: Should you check out Jai Prakash? Hell yes. It isn’t just good because it has a nice buffet. It’s good because the food is incredible and the drinks are cheap, what more could you possible ask for apart from maybe a sweet ass Mercedes and experiencing true love? I’d spend a lot more time there if it wasn’t all the way in Goregaon. Damn you Goregaon.
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Days: Monday- Friday
Venue: Jai Prakash, near Goregaon Station, Goregaon East.