A new bar in Andheri allows you to flaunt your bidding skills and bag a sweet deal for your daaru fix
Bloody Mary and Jalapeno Salsa
Food: Can do better
This is one bar that Monisha Sarabhai from television series Sarabhai vs Sarabhai would like to visit. Agent Jack’s is an app-centric bar chain that lets you bid for your drink, and if you get lucky, you land yourself a dirt-cheap deal for your poison.
Ever since Agent Jack’s outlets opened in Malad and Navi Mumbai, we’ve been curious to check out the bargain-happy bar. So, when they opened their newest outlet in Andheri, we headed there in a flash.
Located on Veera Desai Road, the property is huge; the glass wall interiors lend the space an air of roominess. Even their smoking section is larger than other watering holes in the neighbourhood. Cycle motifs and signage make way across the decor almost everywhere — from the lights, serving dishes to the washbasin. We settle in at a table of our choice on a Sunday night and are ready to hit jackpot.
We download the app and our attendant takes us through the ordering process. The app is glitch-free so far. The menu displays the lowest drinks price for the day, stock market-style, and the current bidding range. There’s a big screen that displays your name and your bargain process. For old-school tipplers who find downloading an app tiresome, the bar takes regular orders too.
We place our bid and within seconds an attendant confirms our order, completing the bump-free ride to VFM daaru. The bargain process is fun, as Agent Jack throws witty repartees at us when we place low bids (see pic above). We pick a Bloody Mary (Rs 270, all prices exclusive of taxes) and a Caipiroska (Rs 280). For some chow, we choose the Chicken Pesto Popper (Rs 250) and Jalapeno Salsa (Rs 225).
Chicken Pesto Popper
An offer he couldn’t refuse
The service is quick; both dishes are hot, and arrive at our table in 10 minutes. But the food doesn’t flatter. The Bloody Mary could do with stronger flavours, and the chicken dish borders on the ‘hariyali kebab’ variety. Had it been named differently, it would have made the cut since it tastes great.
Agent Jack’s Bar in Andheri
The Jalapeno Salsa is more creamy fondue with bits of jalapeno; the toast on the side is the saving grace. Our next order, Crispy Prawns Wok fares better. The crisp coating reveals delicate flavours of prawn in a single bite, a definite bar nibble winner. By now, the prices are hitting rock bottom due to their popularity, with vodka and whiskey pegs costing as low as ’50. The app continues to function fuss-free with our next set of orders. Our final food pick is Pizza Sicilia (‘325) that’s generous with toppings but the taste borders towards Indian ‘sabji’ style.
Barring a few food hiccups, Agent Jack’s stays true to its promise of offering a fun bargain.
Agent Jack on the app
Time 5.30 pm to 1.30 am
AT De Mall, Veera Desai, Andheri West.