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A Gem in Junk @Junkyard Cafe

Place : Junkyard Cafe , Mumbai 

Location – Hill Road , Bandra West , Mumbai 

10th March  2017

So, Bandra people are sure to know Toto’s Garage. A typical garage kinda ambiance with a rustic look and some good food. What if you get a bigger , better and fancier version of Toto’s ? That’s how I saw Junkyard Café , Bandra.

Junkyard Café is not a new place in the hospitality. Their Delhi outlet already being a great hit , Junkyard Mumbai had high expectations to match and they have successfully managed it.

At the end of Hill Road , Junkyard is a huge lounge with a decent spacing in their indoor AC seating. Outdoor and Upper Floor serve Sheeshas. Upper floor is also different in terms of the music they play which is Bollywood.

Ambiance is definitely catchy. The funky robots , Scooters , Telephones , License plates adorned walls giving it a garage look and Service dressed appropriate to its look. The whole place is done up so artistically that you must take a minute to look around and sync in. Music is good too. They have some known DJ’s spinning in good tracks.

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DRINKS

We started with our cocktails which were , their renowned Edison Bulb Yard. We had both the variants –

  1. Vodka , Watermelon , Basil & Lime Juice

  2. Gin , Lavender , Lemon Grass , Lime Juice

This is a very dramactic cocktail with all the fume coming out the liquid nitrogen just beneath this cute bulb.

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We also had one of the Skeleton Graveyard Cocktails which was made out of Vodka. Not sure why was it called Skeleton Cocktail yet.

Health freaks , they have a large number of healthy drinks to offer. Make sure you grab one of them.

Beer Fanatics – Beer Buckets and pack of 12’s available here.

FOOD

Starters

Wasabi Peas Aloo Tikki – Usual Peas in earthy , organic wasabi flavor made into an aloo tikki that’s not too oily. Crumbs on the outer layer give it a good texture making it a great starter.

Tofu Bites – An Oriental preparation again that gave us a healthy option ( Replacing Paneer ) On a bed of some steamed veggies salad  was this tofu marinated in a sweet and tangy sauce.

Classic Chicken Tikka – Nothing unusual however I must complement the chef for dishing out a perfect starter that we had. Just keeping it plain and yet flavor- packed.

Beijing Chicken – A very delightful oriental appetizer with perfectly cooked chicken tossed in Sichuan & Black pepper along with ground nut , crunchy bamboo shoots & spring onions.

** An interesting thing about all the appetizers was the dip served along. Unlike a lot of eateries that keeps repeating the dips or pairs it without giving it a thought, here at Junkyard Café this dip and starter pairing was simply perfect.**

Mains

Chicken Tikka Butter Masala – A decent portion for two served with Naan , Vinegar Onions and Mint Chutney. Chicken was succulent with subtle charcoal flavor. Gravy rich. Naan – non chewy. It also looked very appealing and appetizing.

Veg Thai Green Curry – What can be more humble than a big bowl of creamy green Thai Curry and Steamed Rice! Generous amount of veggies immersed in the coconutty. However was the more I ate it I realized it tasted a little synthetic.

Dessert

Oreo And Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake – This a dense mousse cake was the only dish that failed to impress me. It was tasty no doubt but the consistency was just not right.

Baida Roti With Rose Petal Ice Cream– The highlight of the evening. Baida roti as a dessert is surely a surprise factor. This pairing was unusual and tasted really great. Kudos for coming up with this.

Why Junkyard Café Is Rocking The Scenes Of Bandra

An elaborate menu! And I mean a really elaborate menu. Check it out

Bar Night & Ladies Night are just a few to grab great deals on drinks

A hefty Brunch @ just 1249++ with alcohol. Steal Deal

No service charge !

Calorie break up for each dish

Service needs a special mention. Prashant & Gladus , Keep up the great work guys !

Wholesome meals giving you substantial true blue Indian dishes such as – Butter chicken & Lal Maas etc

What does it not have – Dim sums , Sushi ( Available in platter ) , Pizzas and Pastas everything!!

VERDICT

Taste – 4.5 /5

Ambiance – 4.6 /5

Service –  5 /5  

Value for money – 4.3/5


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