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📍Junoon🥘 The Best of NYC Restaurant Week Series 2023 🌆

🍃 Vibes and Ambiance

Located in the Flatiron District, this restaurant is definitely catered for important business meetings while also maintaining that very homey vibe for family outings. You have a gorgeous bar set in the middle of the dining area. And separately, a well-thought-out homey food cart to offset a somewhat more formal dining aesthetics. The best thing about this restaurant, in my opinion, is actually the staff. They are super nice. From the general manager to my waiter, everything was amazing. Went here for lunch during Restaurant Week and I would definitely visit again to explore their dinner menus.

🧫 Dishes

Complimentary dish: Lasuni Gobi

Before lunch started, I was offered the Lasuni Gobi as complements from the chef. This is a very flavorful crispy cauliflower dunked in tomato garlic sauce. I came from Vietnam and most of our street food culture is always covered in fried garlic flakes and so this gives me an amazing throwback to that.

For starter: Ghost Chili Murgh Tikka

I went for a more traditional option for my starter: the tandoor chicken. Here we have Tandoor Chicken served with smoked carrot-coconut puree alongside carot salad. The chicken was cooked just right and the fresh, creamy, fruity aromatic puree definitely complements the more smoky undertones the chicken gives.

Main Course and Complimentary dish: Shrimp Moilee and Indian Lentil Soup

Now onto the centerpiece of our lunch outing: Shrimp Moilee served with Naan and Basmati Rice. This absolutely stunning gem is served with coconut milk, tumeric, mustard seed, heirloom tomato and hearts of palm. Again, super flavorful without overpowering. You get a very buttery fresh shrimp with a hint of oceanic salt paired with a smoother sauce defined by a variety of spices and veggies. The hot and fragrant Basmati rice just complements this main perfectly.

For dessert: Kulfi

For dessert, we have a very special selection of frozen treats: the Kulfi. From left to right, we have Mango, Rose Petal, Ube Malai and Saffron Cardamom. My favorite is definitely either the mango or the rose petal. But they are all very flavorful and aesthetic in their own unique ways. The Ube Malai is similar to taro but definitely sweeter, the starchy root vegetable grows in the more tropical climates of Southeast Asia, which I thought brought a very unique flavor.

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Peter Tran

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