Virat Kohli’s restaurant chain, One8 Commune, opens in the iconic Kishore Kumar bunglow in Juhu
The heritage trails and golden sands of Juhu locality have been no stranger to some of the most memorable times and places that give this beloved ultra-cool suburb its heritage reputation. The brand new casual and one-of-a-kind dining and bar space called One8 Commune, owned by Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, is ready to open its doors to customers, but make no mistake, it’s not just your usual restaurant, but a place that makes you feel part of a community.
The restaurant is a tribute to the late Kishore Kumar. Installed in his old house, he celebrates the pluralism and humanism implied by belonging to the “commune”. It’s a space for everyone, to relax, unwind, hang out and just relax, and is literally designed with a ‘simple’ yet stylish social vibe.
Commenting on the reason for choosing Juhu as the location for his dream business, Virat Kohli says, “No one can offer much to Juhu which Juhu lacks, it doesn’t. It has a beautiful and unique identity that I love it. That’s why “I chose to live there too. The launch of One8 Commune in Juhu can be seen as a missing niche that settles in Juhu and makes friends. This is the true nature of One8 Commune coming to Juhu.”
As its name suggests, One8 Commune is a community – a community ready to appreciate, welcome and support humanism, a tribute to the human spirit and its resilience while finding its excellence. Doing justice to the fact that Mumbai originates from a unique and diverse architectural and urban design language, One8 Commune focuses on a singular aura of unity. This led to a design that kept the space fluid and free-spirited in its feel and invokes nostalgia, creativity and inspiration.
Commenting on the inspiration behind the name ‘One8 Commune, Vartik Tihara, co-founder, of True Palate Pvt. ltd. said, “The idea was to create a comfortable space to bring together friends from different communities and age groups, all under one roof. Along with this, he also had to do justice to arguably India’s most vibrant and prosperous cosmopolitan crowd, openly accepting of varied people and cultures. We wanted to create a fluid, free-spirited space that instantly creates a sense of place and lasting memories.
One8 Commune’s cuisine unveils a memorable feast of global cuisines, all created with passion, refinement and precision. At the head of all this culinary affairs is the corporate chef – Pawan Bisht. With more than 12 years of experience, he has concocted authentic dishes full of flavor and packed with versatility and innovation. One8 Commune Kitchens chose to bring Juhu, something one would typically turn to Bandra for; a highly crafted venue with a globally recognizable menu, emphasizing light and wholesome foods with eclectic but subtle experimentation with ‘comfort classics’ and light cooks that retain their original flavor giving some favorites to all types of palates with an emphasis on as- the freshest organic products possible.
The menu is pleasantly vegetarian; loaded with cult snacks, and leans towards both the great classics and our variations while maintaining a promise of refinement in dishes inspired by the taste buds of the world. It specializes in delicious cuisine made with fresh ingredients such as poke bowls, taro leaf wadi, cottage cheese steak with fennel stew and Maharashtrian lamb curry, whose spices are sourced from the native of Kolhapur , Bhavnagri Mirchi from Gujarat and the pickle from Nepal. These exquisite ingredients have been brought together to meet the needs of all communities. They are organically and effortlessly purchased with a perfect combination.
Whether you order a multi-course meal or grab a drink and some Buffalo Wings, One8 Commune’s lively, laid-back yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with loved ones. In a way, you could say it’s an ideal, unique, all-day hangout spot that caters to its multitude of moods.
Speaking about the menu and preparing for the grand launch of One8 Commune, Chef Pawan Bisht says, “The destination of one8 Commune is located on the property of a man who admired the culture and arts of the world. As a tribute, it is quite normal that we offer the cuisines of the world behind the doors of our kitchens.
Speaking about his favorite dishes and the avant-garde menu, Virat Kohli comments “Our main goal was to experiment with all kinds of green vegetables and grains and turn them into dishes that were not only healthy and light, but also filled with bold flavors. the commune, we wanted to push the concept of “good for the soul” cuisine, to focus on something that is not only healthier in nature but serves up a gourmet experience. You will find the menu pleasingly vegetarian – keeping a promise of refinement in dishes inspired by global taste buds.
One8 Commune has a section on the menu called “Virat’s Favorites,” which includes top menu choices like the newly added pearl barley risotto to the old favorite superfood salad. It is lightweight and has a touch of Virat’s preferences. The avocado tartare, is also something you don’t want to miss, consisting of sliced avocado topped with avocado tempura, sweet corn sriracha mayonnaise, scallions and soy ponzu. Mushroom Googly Dimsums made with assorted wild mushrooms, cream cheese, vegetarian broth and truffle oil; and Pearl Barley Risotto, made with mushroom pâté, truffle oil, parmesan cheese, watercress and fresh herbs are also on the list.
“If I had to choose one dish from the One8 Commune Juhu menu, it would be avocado tartare. I remember the first time I tasted it. I specifically asked our chef to reserve a portion to take away with me. It really is SO good,” the cricketer said.
Complementing the elaborate gourmet menu, the beverage program, specially curated by Beverage Manager, Saurav Samanta is a modern reincarnation of exquisite cocktails, inspired to help drinkers discover multi-dimensional cocktails, from the boldest to the most subtle. One8 Commune has created a balanced mix of experimental new creations like Deconstructed Picante, which is more like a liquid appetizer. They are deconstructed in a way that draws on different umami that enhance your experience and White Chocolate Punch, a house specialty with flavors of earth, grapes and smooth white chocolate.
At One8 Commune, particular attention is paid to the presentation of each cocktail, mixing the contemporary with a touch of elegance coupled with a playful and remarkable experience. On top of that, a menu of light snacks is available throughout the day, adding the perfect cherry on top and making this bar a ‘lunch to the moon’ hangout.
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