The Junkyard Cafe – Saket
By Ayushi Mathur
The Junkyard cafe has been a crowd favourite in Connaught Place and Rajouri Garden since its conception. Its innovative decor and distinctive menu has been highly appreciated and recognizing the increasing love from customers, it has now opened a new joint in Saket. Located behind Select city walk, the cafe serves ambrosial delicacies, cocktails and hookah in a colossal space. Doing justice to its name, the decor of the cafe is brilliantly done with recycled junk material and salvaged scrap. The menu integrates a variety of Indian, Mediterranean and Asian delicacies along with a wide range of refreshing drinks.
Our gastronomic experience at the cafe began with Bhatti ka murg and classic chicken tikka served with fresh fruit mocktails. Both the chicken starters were cooked well with ample amount of spices and were an utter delight for our taste buds. The drinks that I tried were Gardino – a sweet amalgam of watermelon, beetroot and celery, and Minto Plus – a refreshing mint based watermelon lime drink. Next were the all time Mediterranean favourites Hummus, Pita and Falafels. The presentation was beautiful and the taste was equally good.
Amongst the appetizers, my favourite was the Palak Patta Chaat, which was absolutely mind blowing. Chaat is a weakness for most of us and when it is innovatively mixed with healthy ingredients I simply cannot resist! The Palak patta chaat is super light, crispy and is definitely on top of my recommendation list. Another appetizer I enjoyed was cilantro chicken which has a nice after taste of peanuts. The cafe has some wonderful dishes for vegetarians as well that include crispy baby corn, Junkyard style paneer tikka, veg spring rolls, hara bhara kebab and vegetable sushi. I personally liked the crispy baby corn and hara bhara kebabs as both the dishes had a very fresh taste of greens.
For the mains, I tried peri peri chicken pizza which was good but wasn’t as spicy as I expected it to be. I also tried non-veg sushi platter and grilled fish which were both delicious. The salmon sushi was delish and I’m definitely going to order it the next time as well. For main course the cafe also has really yummy Thai curries served with steamed rice.
For desserts we had tiramisu and chocolate brownies served with vanilla ice cream. The tiramisu really won our hearts with its unique preparation and taste. Overall the cafe is very vibrant with an energetic vibe, the service is quick, and the staff is extremely attentive. Not to forget, the food is a total value for money.