Located on the second floor of Baani Square, Junoon Restro Bar is one of the most quintessential modern looking dhaba inspired joints feeding people scrumptious and hearty dishes that satisfy our innermost cravings.
The entry to the restaurant builds up for what it has to offer inside with an eclectic mix of colours and lamps hung all over. It has quite a quirky interior with some excellent quotes hung around to get your drinking game on in full force. The seating is a mix of long couches with an interesting mix of rich gold sequined or raja-rani printed cushions alongwith colourful wooden chairs. I loved the ample light flooding into the restaurant through the huge glass windows allowing a warmth to spread across our table.
They have a great selection of Mumbai and North India inspired dishes.
Get Set Gobble:
~ Life at the bar – We began the lunch with some Junoon Punch which was a spiced guava juice served in shot glasses on top of an asymmetrical tree holder. DO TRY. It was quite refreshing. Next I ordered the Fish in a bowl which was a huge cocktail glass filled with ice and an inverted beer bottle. It was a fun drink and can be easily shared between two. If u are a beer fan, DO TRY. Another cocktail that stole my heart was the Scotch sour. Though it was one of the boys who wanted to try this mix of scotch shaken with egg whites and sugar, no soon had the drink arrived that they decided it would look better in a woman’s hand. I was only too happy to oblige. Ladies it’s a great drink. MUST ORDER. Other drinks around the table were Peach/Lemon ice tea (had a bitter aftertaste), Whiskey Smash (is sort of like a whiskey mojito) Cherry berry Garcia, Too Good and Opal swirl (was very similar to a pina colada).
~ Kurkure – The meal started off with these deep fried starters served in shot glasses. They were filled with melted cheese and capsicum and served with some sweet chilli sauce. Fun way to begin!
~ Chicken baida egg roti – This was really interesting preperation and is sort of like a deep fried pizza. With a crispy maida covering, it had egg and was filled with minced chicken. DO TRY
~ Mutton & chicken roll – I simply loved this! The fried roll came stuffed with spicy chopped mutton/chicken and divided into small bites. MUST ORDER
~ Aloo cheese roll – This also had a similar crispy maida shell and was filled with an aloo masala similar to what you find in an aloo parantha.
~ Tawa Mirchi Paneer – These huge chunks of paneer were soft and coated with a flavourful spice rub. DO TRY
~ Bhutte de kebab – Deep fried cutlets made with corn, spices and besan. This was a little dry on the inside but the flavor was great.
~ Beetroot tikkis – This is truly an exceptional dish. I am not one to favour beetroot but these strikingly red cutlets with a little sprinkling of chaat masala sure seem to hit the right note. This really made me give up my apprehensions of eating beetroot now 🙂 MUST TRY
~ Mutton & Chicken seekh kebab – So juicy and succulent kebabs; both preperations were equally well-done with the perfect level of spice. MUST ORDER
~ Non veg Badshahi Kebab platter – Assortment of Tandoori Murg, Murg malai tikka, Mutton seekh, Chicken seekh and Mutton shammi.. Basically the goodness of their kebab menu all rolled into one. If you want to give everything a try together, I suggest you order this. DO TRY
~ Mutton chaap tawa – Save the best for the last! This is a juicy chaap served with a thick tomato onion gravy. The meat is tender and the spices complement it beautifully. MUST ORDER. If you are a vegetarian you can get a similar taste of the masala in Mushroom Tawa Masala.
Tips & Tricks:
They shut the lunch service around 3.30pm so get there before that. Go in a large group as I did else you will not be able to try as many dishes – and there are so many worth trying 😉
Maddeningly delicious mutton preparations. Satisfying meaty cravings. Boozy lunches. Family fun.