Food Review: Smooch
Juhu’s new fro-yo store Smooch looks like a cross between an amusement arcade and the dining area of a space ship. The colorful counter is done up in bright lights, striped wallpaper, and mirrors encircled by naked bulbs. The seating section is painted in all white with a white bench, bucket seats, and bar stools. Like Yoforia in Bandra, Smooch has opted for the self-service format, the only advantage of which is that you can mix two or more flavours in a single serving.
Smooch serves over a dozen toppings from jellybeans to fruit and will offer about 80 fro-yo flavours on a rotational basis. Judging by their current selection of original, strawberry cheesecake, frozen custard, mango ginger, carrot cake, and chocolate fudge pudding fro-yo, we won’t be holding our breath for the new flavours mainly because the fanciful names given to some of the offerings are quite misleading. For instance, the carrot cake fro-yo bore no resemblance to the classic dessert and instead had the odd bitter aftertaste that one associates with marzipan made with too much almond essence. The frozen custard flavour was like an equally creamy but less tart version of their original fro-yo.
Don’t expect the sweetness of mangoes in the pale brown mango ginger fro-yo; it tastes more like Parle’s Kismi toffee. Chocolate fiends should avoid the disappointing fallow coloured chocolate pudding flavoured fro-yo, which we suspect was made using a powder with the barest trace of cocoa. Currently, the only bankable flavours at Smooch are the original and strawberry cheesecake ones, even though cheesecake is an inaccurate description for what is simply sweet and tangy strawberry flavoured frozen yoghurt. Smooch may be swankier looking than its nearby competitors Cocoberry and Yogurberry, but in terms of taste, all three are just about average.
Prices start at 0.85 paise per gram without toppings and Rs1.10 per gram with toppings.Tags: frozen yoghurt, Juhu, Smooch
Opposite the Ramada Plaza Palm Grove
Juhu Tara Road
HoursDaily, 11.30am to midnight