Junoon

Second time disappointment happened this Tuesday, October 15.  The disappointment from the evening spilled over to the food, but my other friends agreed that the food wasn’t the best.

It was Ab’s birthday.  Ma (Ab’s wife) wanted us all to go out.  It’s a weekday.  The next day is a weekday.  We wait past 9 for the birthday fam of five to arrive. A place that’s not even close to their earlier destination for them to have reached earlier! A place where they said a group this big would only get a pre-fixe – with exorbitant rates! A wise decision picking up the place?  

Why my frustration?  All that (in the preceding paragraph) and that when we go out in groups, some people always order individually and never finish their portions, ever ever ever. Some take it to go (or I feel order it to-go, not explicitly stating that), some don’t.

OK, so my rant about the people is done.  I wasn’t too keen, but I ended up going anyway.  Over to food now.

The lasuni gobi and the paneer pakoras were the only two saving graces for the entire evening.  OK, the salted lassi too.  The lasuni gobi was nice and crisp and superb flavours of everything from the salt to the sauces to the garlic.  The paneer pakoras usually turn out bland, and the batter layer was thick, but it was fried well, not greasy and tasted good.  The salted lassi was a tad too salty for me but it almost was like the ginger powder was probably toasted to perfection and then added to this.

The paneer entree with tamarind sauce was alright, the lotus root koftas was better but the sookhi sabzi killed it.  It was supposed to be tava (flat griddle) tossed, but with the presentation and the crispiness (or the lack of it), it was more like a kadhai tossed entree.  Not to mention I think I do a better job with it.  And not to mention also that I almost fought with the hubster to have it ordered for the table.  Same for the dal tadka.  The taste wasn’t bad, but you couldn’t see the tadka on the top, and my mother almost commented that she didn’t want to try plain dal.

The chocolate ganache cake with the sorbet saved some day for the restaurant.

They’ll have to do much to redeem themselves in my eyes – true for some peeps here and Junoon.

The place looks quite appealing and inviting and the service was very polite and friendly.

http://www.junoonnyc.com/

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