If we hadn’t just been dining at the wonderful Saffron restaurant (also at the JW Marriot Restaurant), we definitely would have had some bites at Arola. This Spanish restaurant and bar, doesn’t look like your typical traditional tapas place. Modern furniture with black shiny accents, dim lighting and cool music. If only time would’ve allowed us, we would definitely have come back for the food as apparently it’s really great, which isn’t surprising considering its 2-star Michelin rating.
Even without the exquisite bites, Arola has a lot to offer and is definitely ‘Model Proof’ with its stylish crowd. We were lucky to be there on a Friday night as every Friday and Saturday there’s live music. This time it were a DJ and bongo player lifting our spirits.
Our view from the terrace
For those tired of all the cold AC in Mumbai, Arola offers a terrace with a breathtaking view of the pool, palm trees and beach. As it had cooled down a little that night, the view immediately made us opt to sit outside. The friendly waiter quickly came with the menu. But mind you, it wasn’t your typical menu. It was an iPad with a smart app on it listing all food and drinks (one little click sends your order to the bar). Choosing a drink wasn’t too easy as the choice was great. Particularly, Arola offers an immense array of Gins. And who doesn’t love a good Gin&Tonic on a Friday night?
The verdict: beautiful location, amazing view, sweet staff, nice music and great G&T’s. What’s not to love? Cheers!
JW Marriott Hotel
Juhu Tara Road
Mumbai (Bombay) 400049
Phone: +91 22 66933344