Many months ago (sometime in May), I was chatting with my friend Cookie. I mentioned to her my experience with gDine, and she checked out the website. When she saw Junoon on the list, she got super excited; Junoon is the only Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in NYC, and she’d wanted to try it for a while. At $49 for a 3-course menu, she immediately snapped up a reservation for two (noting her dietary restrictions), and insisted I go as her guest. You don’t have to twist my arm – especially when, just a week or so earlier, we’d gone to ilili together and had a fabulous time.
We explained our dietary restrictions to our server, who actually took the time to go through the entire menu with us, item by item. Cookie is a gluten-free pescetarian, while I’m allergic to coconut (and that shows up frequently in Indian cooking), so it was greatly appreciated. It’s been many months, so I’m not entirely sure of the full contents of each dish… I do know this was a pakora, and we were informed that only I could eat this. Light, crunchy, chewy, delicious – I greatly enjoyed both bites.
My starter of murg tikka was super tender and delicious, though huge for a starter. I greatly enjoyed how juicy each piece of chicken was, and the flavors were absolutely spot on for something I enjoy… I wound up taking half of this home.
Our server also brought out a side of… it wasn’t naan, but a special type of ‘bread’ made with chickpea flour. He explained that it’s normally made with half chickpea flour and half whole wheat, but as she is gluten-sensitive, they’d made it entirely with chickpea flour. Cookie enjoyed it a lot.
Though I normally avoid ordering the same protein throughout a meal, I truly love korma, and only chicken korma was available that night. I didn’t regret this decision at all: again, juicy, tender chicken, with a creamy almond sauce that was absolutely glorious – especially when mixed with the delicious basmati rice. Again, it was a huge portion and I took some home.
When dessert rolled around, Cookie opted for the kulfi trio. I believe the flavors were cardamom, mango, and … hmm… not sure. It’s been too long, I’m sorry. But the mango was definitely my favorite! Cookie liked all of it.
Surprisingly, I opted for a fruit based dessert… probably because of the caramel. I wasn’t too enamored of it – but I was also super stuffed at this point and ready to just roll home. (We didn’t, though; our night continued for a bit!)
Our service was absolutely fabulous once again, and our food was fantastic. Cookie and I thoroughly enjoyed our entire meal – from start to finish, we were completely taken care of, and the food was great.
Yvo says: There are several prix fixe menu options in addition to the gDine deal – I highly recommend you check them all out before making a decision. The food is lovely, the space is huge, and the service is wonderful. Definitely check it out if you can!