For families that often find conflict in choices impacting their decisions to dine out, for groups that kill individual wishes to give space to popular opinion, there’s a new place in the town, writes Harshili Malhotra.
I am talking about the minority that is forced to eat a pizza when they really wish to dine Chinese. That one person who wishes to eat Thai when the rest of the group wants to enjoy north Indian cuisine.
This new place in the town, The Junction, fulfills these individual expectations by becoming the one stop for everything. An amalgamation of different cuisines with different dedicated spaces to each, it has everything to offer. Spread across 400 acres, it houses designated centres for sushi and dimsum (Manga), a pizzeria, bakery, and indoor as well outdoor, well-built seating spaces. A multi-cuisine restaurant with an option to choose across the courses from appetizers to desserts.
From the limited things that we could get our hands on, the most recommended would be the hara bhara kebab (Rs 445), and the spinach and tofu crystal dimsum (Rs 345). Being a vegetarian, I’ve enjoyed these two delicacies at various places, but there was indeed something special about the aforementioned here.
Hara bhara kebab stuffed with the right amount of cheese melted in your mouth as soon as you took a bite. The dimsums, steamed just apt, were served with four different sauces, each being thoroughly enjoyed (leaving soy). The sushi (Tempura) can be a bad call if you do not like your rice cooked a little more than regular, but a definite try owing to the special bar that’s dedicated to it.
From the pizzeria, you could opt for a wood burn pizza, though you won’t be disappointed with the pasta (Rs 445 onward). The teetotalers would enjoy The Junction’s version of mojito — Lost in Forest which looks like a majestic mug of mint, definitely lost in a forest of peppermint leaves.
The immensely widespread place also has a prominent baker that believes in fresh being delicious, hence offers a discount post 8 pm on everything that is left from the day. Apart from this, there’s an option to chill in the open space with a hookah on your table, or book a private area for a party (even for a huge number). It’s an amazing expanse of eating space, but it requires mouths to speak about it because it is in its nascent stage. The fine-dining restaurant which is proposed for the first floor will see its opening soon after the first two months. For the interested lot, the liquor license will be there by the first week of the next month.
It’s not a new concept, but it’s conceptually well built. The food doesn’t even leave you dissatisfied. So, it does need ONE visit for it to express itself through its enormity as well as brilliance. Definite recommendation would be to not go with a critical bend, and enjoy the things on the table the way they are served. Rest assured, there is no shortcoming in the hospitality (including no parking hassle).
Location: CSC Complex, Opposite Aurobindo Market, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Meal for two: Rs 1500+ approx