Junkyard Cafe is a first of a kind concept in Delhi. The place interiors is made of all Junk and food derives an inspiration from Health food. It was like visiting my favourite place on the earth – a Junkyard/scrap dealer’s joint. Yes, you guessed it right, I am an avid scrap lover. Being a metallurgist, steel and copper scraps are my favourites, and a lot of my antique cameras were sourced from the Sunday Flea market in Delhi.
The Rock Gardens in Chandigarh had always been my choicest haunts in India, but now I guess the Junkyard café can replace it. Being in the same town as I live in, I don’t have to make special arrangements to visit make like for Rock Gardens. In fact this is only the second place on this earth that I have come across which has given new dimensions even to scraps. And the amazing food they serve here is always a plus point.
A lot has been talked about the décor and the ambiance, so I guess I wont talk much about it in my blog. But still a little information is needed – what say folks?
Junkyard has recycled scrap all around, though very wisely arranged to create the greatest of great ambiance. It also has an outer sitting area which gives you the feel of the rooftop ambiance.
The empty beer bottles used as ceilings at a sitting area, the discarded PCB used on Table top, a plane made out of scrap, vintage cheese graters, old buckets, old worn out tyres, empty oil drums, the sofas made of mother boards, Car bonnets, a Monalisa painting made entirely of Junk, a transformer figure in one corner, a dinosaur made from junk, the robot from ET, pillars made up of drawers and tyres, the bar table mounted upon a line of barrels, a map made of number plates and a lot more, all of this give you a superb ambiance, and this got me hooked on with Junkyard.
Kudos to Umang Tiwari for such a luxurious and spacious scrap yard that he has built up. It had been a dream project for Umang. The efforts do not end with the décor. The innovations are quite visible in the food menu as well. Here food menu is also a plus point for all health conscious people who like to indulge in nutritious meals. We believe that entertainment should be guilt free, says Umang Tewari. When you want to enjoy your food, it should be done without getting worried on calories intake. Umang concludes that Junkyard cafe is for those who don’t want to compromise on any of the thing when they step out, whether it’s food, drinks, live gigs or ambiance.
The menu at Junkyard is a showpiece. One section of the menu tells you how many calories are there in each dish that you order. The menu is extensive with choices from breakfast to appetizers to a full course meal.
Moving now on to the food and drinks part of our review, we started with mock-tails section of the menu and ordered a few health conscious drinks. Junkyard offers some very fresh and inventive mock-tails. We had the Gardino, a mix of watermelon, celery, mint and beetroot juice, and the Citurs mart, mix of orange lime pomegranate and splash of ginger. Both the veggy/fruits mix juices were simply amazing and I was angry with myself of having not tried these combinations earlier at home.
We also tried a few shakes form the menu – namely the Strawberry coconut shake, and hazelnut butter scotch shake.
Moving on with the food now, we started with the Honey Chilli potato which was superb. We wanted to try small portions of everything so we ordered a platter containing the Veg Salad, Nachos, Paneer Tikka, Kabuli badam Seekh Kebab and Spicy Onion Rings.
We enjoyed and loved the presentations; the food immediately grabbed our attention and was as tasty as it looked. The Onion rings coated with Aloo Bhujiya were super.
The mildly spicy and delectable Kabuli Badam Seekh Kebab were amazing and will definitely be on my order list when I come here again. Sesame Paneer Tikka was well marinated and cooked to perfection. The Paneer was wonderfully moist, soft and was delicious.
I also wanted to try the Banshu aur Singhare ki Tikki, but regretted my decision. It was very hard and dry and I just left the entire serving after the first bite. Hari Bhari Palak and Soya Tikki was fresh and melted in our mouths.
We were full on by now, and moving on to the main course, we just had the Veg Sushi platter. Well, honestly speaking, we didn’t like the Sushi much. It was bland and tasteless. May be we were full by now, or may be we just don’t have the palate and taste for a bland sushi serving. The Sushi had no pungency and were nicely made and were draped in the rice exactly the way they should be. But still we didn’t like it.
We still wanted to try something more, so we ordered a Vegetable Hargao – a mixed vegetable Dimsum serving. This we relished and finished up even with full tummies. The Dim-sums at Junkyard were of high quality that came with a crystal clear outer layer.
As I always say in my reviews, no meal is full for me without a nice dessert. Arey yarron – I have to have a sweet before winding up, so for this KUCH MEETHA HO JAYE act, we had the yummy Nutella Cheesecake and the Crazy carrot cake. Both were perfect, the Carrot cake was so amazing, it completely bowled me over and made me promise the staff of a re-visit.
So folks – whether you like junk or not, rush to Junkyard, not to sell your junk – that you can sell at quikr or Olx. At the café, just chill out and enjoy your food n drinks..
Service: 4/5 Ambiance: 4/5 Food: 4/5 Service: 3/5
Address: 91, 2nd Floor, N Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
All photographs supplied by the establishment. Memory card of my camera behaved like a JUNKY after the visit and did not let me use any of the pics we shot there.
Disclaimer : The views expressed are entirely our own, and for a particular time and day. We were invited for a review by the café and no money exchanged hands.