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Junnoon - Palo Alto, CA

Dos Perros | Apr 22, 200604:03 PM

I love the idea of a westernized Indian restaurant, but Junnoon delivered a mixed bag of results.

First the good news - the food was delicious and arrived in a reasonable amount of time. We started with chicken tikka ($9) and a layered naan ($4), followed by chicken in a creamy broth ($16), lamb chops ($22), eggplant crush ($4), and diced green beans. The meat was very well prepared and of high quality. The chicken and lamb were juicy and tender.

Now the bad news. 1) The service was slow and pushy. We waited 10-15 minutes before placing our order (the restaurant was only 1/2 full) and the waitress insisted that we order more food. We ended up taking 1/2 of 2 side dishes home. 2) The drinks were pricey and lacked quantity and alcohol. The $9 martini was a tiny portion and the $9 mojito only had a whisper of rum.

Based on the above, I'd much rather eat Indian food the way it's supposed to be eaten - at a no-nonsense, flourescent lighted dive that is almost as tasty, but costs 1/3 that of Junnoon. Our dinner for 2 was a $110 reminder of that.

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