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Juhu Beach Club, which opens March 1 in Temescal, will serve Indian street food like chaat and samosas. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Indian street food is coming to Temescal, but under a roof rather than at a mobile stand. Preeti Mistry, a former Top Chef contestant, is slated to open Juhu Beach Club, her first brick-and-mortar restaurant, on March 1 in the former SR24 space at 5179 Telegraph Avenue.

The restaurant, which is named after the city beach in Mumbai known for its street food, flying kites and homes of Bollywood stars, was designed by Mistry’s partner — in life and business — and Mistry describes the look as “crazy.” The cozy space is decorated with sari-bold colors, swirly flowered wallpaper, and a collection of vintage Bollywood movie album covers, as well as nickel-cage fan lighting.

Dishes on offer will include chaat items such as seasonal Sev Puri, Crispy Gujarati-Style Samosas and Vindaloo Chicken Wings with Point Reyes Blue Cheese Raita; Pavs — slider-sized sandwiches, with buns baked by Starter Bakery in Oakland — such as Mumbai Street classics Vada Pav, a potato puff with pickled red onions and ghost pepper hot sauce; as well as original creations like the Holy Cow Pav, a slow-braised short rib curry with cucumber raita. Expect also saucy curries such as a whole chicken leg and buttery curry leaf shrimp. Desserts will center on Straus Dairy vanilla soft serve ice cream with a variety of toppings.

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House-made samosas at Juhu Beach Club. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Berkeleyside Nosh got a sneak peek and taste of some of the small-plate menu offerings at a recent Edible Excursions tour of Temescal where the photos included here were taken. The restaurant’s menu can be read here.

Mistry, who was born in London and raised in the U.S., trained with Le Cordon Bleu and has traveled extensively. She has been an Executive Chef at Google and at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Many people will also recognize her as a contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef. She featured in season six of the popular show.

Preeti Mistry, who is opening Juhu Beach Club, used to be a chef at Google and was on Top Chef. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Mistry says she will be grinding all of her own spice blends, and making pickles, chutneys and samosas in-house. The restaurant will serve sustainably sourced meat, poultry, fish, seafood and dairy with produce that is mostly all local and organic. And she hasn’t forgotten younger customers: kids can choose from colorful “Tiffin” (a traditional three-compartment lunch box tower) with options for butter chicken or cheese pav for their entrées.

Asked why she chose Temescal, Mistry said: “I moved here 1.5 years ago and just really love where we live, and our neighbors so we want it to be a simple neighborhood place.”

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A platter of Sassy Lassis at Juhu Beach Club. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Tiffins, the traditional three-compartment lunch box towers, will be used to serve special dishes for kds. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Juhu Beach Club, 5179 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609 510-652-7350. On Facebook, on Twitter @juhubeachclub.

Gallery: A taste of Temescal with Edible Excursions [02.13.13]

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...