An evening amongst JUNK at the Junkyard Café!
Ever imagined Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to be crafted with JUNK! How does it feel to see an airplane hanging right at the front of a building? All this can be experienced at the new Junkyard Café in the famous restaurant lane of Rajouri Garden.
It feels good when you get an invite to a launch party of a popular café chain during the weekday. Although you need to manage your office but it adds a spark to a not-so-happening week of yours. When Saumya told me about the invite to the launch party of the Junkyard Café in Rajouri Garden area in Delhi, I was happy to know that it’s on Thursday. The café has come up with its second branch in Delhi, the first being in Connuaght Place and is a part of the Big Fish Ventures group owned by Umang Tewari.
The Junkyard Café in Rajouri Garden is situated just above Garam Dharam (another restaurant by Big Fish Ventures) and can be noticed easily by the big airplane hanging from the roof with JUNKYARD written on it. Good approach by the designers to stand out with the bunch of restaurants in the same lane. The café has a close proximity to the Rajouri Garden Metro Station and is easily walk-able if you take an exit from gate 7. Taking a metro can be a good option if you are planning to go during weekdays to avoid evening rush.
The first thing that struck us about the café was the ambience. Although junk, it was placed beautifully and remarkably giving the café a very nice look and feel. The ring of cycle tyres hung on the stairs is definitely eye catching. With old style bulbs hanging from the ceiling to grandpa’s wall clock along with a pillar of radials in the center add to the beautifully done interiors of this place. The oil barrels made us feel that we are actually in a junkyard where all old, used and non-working items have been kept. Full marks to the interior designer for living up to the name, Junkyard!
The menu served to us was well thought of. With plethora of starters to salads, pastas and main course, it had almost everything desired by a foodie. We started with mustard fish tikka, lamb seekh kebab, Wesabi peas aaloo tikki and chicken spring rolls to begin with. Seekh kebabs were amazing, followed by chicken spring rolls. Although not much of a vegetarian, I really liked the aaloo tikki. We asked for chicken dimsums which were not so good. Chicken chilly was served with authentic Chinese taste. The highlights of the starters were the bhatti ka murg and chicken pizza. Bhatti ka murg was chicken cooked in clay oven with a perfect quantity of Indian spices, flavored with green chutney. Pizza on the other hand was a thin crust pizza, very soft, full of chicken and cheese and delicious.
After having good amount of starters, we decided to take a stroll of the café and spoke to the organizers to know more about it. The café is spread over two floors with the second floor housing the bar. The bar menu has various mocktails and cocktails along with hookah to cater to all. The drinks we tried were not upto the mark as they seemed to be prepared in a rush. However, since the main course and desserts were good, we didn’t complain much.
All in all it was an evening well spent at the Junkyard Café where we had sumptuous supper along with some good company of the hosts.
Thank you Nikita and Veta for taking care of us and making sure we had a comfortable and memorable stint with the Junkyard Café at the Rajouri Garden. All the best to Big Fish Ventures as the cafe opens for public from today!
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