No ! This is not what you are thinking ! This is not the ‘Junoon’ that one would so often come across in our Bollywood movies. If the title makes you think that I am posting about my ‘insanity’ or ‘deewanapan’ – you are mistaken! This has more to do with the craving for food rather than the matters of the heart.
‘Junoon‘ is infact a restaurant in HBR layout, Bangalore and bang on the Outer ring road just before the Nagawara flyover if going towards Hebbal. Literally – no competition in the area with hardly any north indian resto’s nearby ( atleast a couple of miles I believe). Good marketing strategy to place signage on both sides of the ORR and clearly visible for people driving by the area( that includes me!)
First impression : Small place , Good Lighting, Not so perfect ambiance and an avoidable mirror in the center table ( though it was good for us to see if the food is coming or not or to call someone!), some AC’s not functional and rotating table fans !
Food : Opted for their introductory sit-down buffet ( Wonder why it was introductory , maybe they just have it as a marketing tool as the place is fairly new – should have just asked them !!!). Anyways – we were welcomed with Jaljeera’s and Papad post which the buffet item’s started coming in. On the Non-veg buffet was chicken shorba as the soup , on the veg was tomato shorba, though the chicken one was good, I could see folks sitting with me seething on the spiciness of the tomato one and finally when asked for a replacement – it was just brought in with more water added to reduce the chilli effect.
Let me get into a one word answer mode for Starters
- Paneer Tikka – Good !
- Aloo – Bad !
- Mushroom – Good !
- Mutton – Yum !
- Chicken – Could be better !
- Fish – Dry ! Avoid !
For the Main course – we were served with Biriyani, steam rice with Dhal, Paneer gravy and Gobi dish as sides for the veg buffet and Chicken and Mutton curry along with Dhal fry for the Non-veg. Dhal had the right texture whereas the Non-veg gravies could have been better with a little more spice
On the deserts were Gulab jamun and Butter scotch icecream. Jamun was bland with lack of flavor. Buffet overall was worth the price with veg @ 395 and non-veg @ 450 with no additional charges/taxes added. Service was to the dot and good. Parking – find a place in one of the by-lanes nearby.