150 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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03/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Nice ambiance, decent service. Unfortunately, the food was just standard Indian fare. It was certainly not great. The menu lacks innovation and creativity. What you get from Junnoon is ordinary Indian food in an upscale setting. Does it justify the price tag? Not really. I was definitely expecting more in the food department.
Cauliflower and Ginger Soup (3/5 Stars) - Ginger could be quite overwhelming for anyone not used to the sharp taste. Personally I found it soothing. Unfortunately the texture of the soup was too watery.
Basil Malai Chicken Tikka (4/5 Stars) - This is probably the best dish out of my entire dinner. The chicken meat was tender and moist.
Tamil Chicken (3/5 Stars) - Not a bad dish but I had much better at other Indian restaurant. The texture of the meat was not tender at all. It was a disappointment.
Lucknow Lamb Stew (3/5 Stars) - A plain and boring interpretation of a stew dish. The spices used were mild. If you eat a chuck of lamb by itself you will notice the meat did not absorbed much of the seasoning.
My dinner was a watered down version of a traditional Indian cuisine that was severely lacking substance. Dim lights and candles were all very romantic but the tables were so close to each other it almost felt like I was sharing tables with strangers. Not sure if I could even recommend this place as a date spot.
11/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had been meaning to try Junnoon for quite a while and finally had a chance to celebrate.
The prawns with coconut mustard and the tandoor steak and cauliflower were all fantastic. We also ordered several naan and paratha (Indian breads) and a couple of chutneys to sample the flavors. It was an unusual and very flavorful experience.
We recommend this highly for special occasions.
02/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It was his Birth Day and I wanted to take him to a nice restaurant.
I am not an Indian food expert, but he was very much craving for a good Indian restaurant, so I looked at City Search and Junnoon was the most highly rated restaurant from the Indian food section.
Unfortunately, this was the worst restaurant experience we ever had!!! The service was so so so bad that they were ashamed to give us the check! The food was a weird fusion with some Indian flavoring, nothing exciting nor too tasty either.
It wasn't just us suffering from terrible service but other tables around us as well. Only we were getting the worst ""treatment"" from all although the waitress knew it was his BD!!!
I don't know how this place got a 5 star rating. Maybe it was good when it opened in 2006, but it's definitely TERRIBLE now!
Save yourselves time and money and choose another place to eat.
01/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
On a recent visit, I was amazed by the restaurant?s embarrassing inability to manage its reservation system. I had made a reservation several days in advance; our group of three arrived exactly on time and was kept waiting for precisely 52 minutes! I still cannot believe that we put up with that level of incompetence; I guess at some point it turned into a game of finding out how much longer it would take for us to be seated. No explanations or apologies were offered by the thoroughly unimpressed and aloof staff. What is worse, it took them more than half an hour even to offer us free drinks. I have never before encountered a restaurant in Palo Alto that so brazenly refuses to honor confirmed reservations. The food is fairly pleasant, although I agree with a previous reviewer that it is a far cry from Tabla?s fare in NYC. Not recommended unless you are prepared to wait for an hour or have taken the bizarre precaution of making a parallel reservation at another place nearby. Never again!
08/31/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Tabla in NYC, and the food at Junnoon is nowhere near as good or inventive as Tabla. I guess mentioning their slight association with Tabla works as a good marketing ploy, but for those who have actually been to Tabla it is just setting us up for a disappointing meal. The dining room is nice and the service is professional. The food is very overpriced. The $18 dollar lunch plate seems like a relative bargain, but the protein portions are tiny. For dinner, they charge you for everything (raita, chutney) despite the already high prices for the entrees. If the food was Tabla caliber, it may be worth it... too bad it's not.
07/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
First off, this is a beautiful restaurant. Lots of thought went into the design. The food is a delicious example of good east meets west fusion. Duck was perfectly cooked which is a rarity among asian restaurants. A little pricey, but well worth it for the total experience, though $2 for chutney and the pricey naan is a bit greedy.