Leaving one's mouth open to catch raindrops and dewdrops leaves the palate equally susceptible to flying naan saucers and smatterings of chutney. Today's Groupon ends your hopeful wait beneath the curry tree with $50 worth of modern Indian cuisine for $25 at Junnoon in Palo Alto.
From the blossoming petals of Indian champa flowers comes an entire external hard-drive of cooking secrets that pack concentrated flavor and ebullient grace into modern Indian dishes. Gayot calls Junnoon one of San Francisco's 10 best Indian restaurants for its commitment to a dining experience surrounded by the warmly elegant ambience of terra-cotta walls, subtle ornamentations, and zero polterghosts. Junnoon's full menu of savory dishes invites soupspoons to bowls of cauliflower and ginger soup ($6) while diners clutch Darjeeling steamed wontons to their hearts before tearing open the pillowy dumplings of pork, green chilies, and garlic chili chutney ($8). Junnoon presents a medley of small-plate meals, featuring minty lamb kebab rolls ($10) alongside hearty entrees like Tamil chicken (sautéed with coconut, onions, curry leaves, coriander, and turmeric, $19) and sesame-crusted tofu with kokum sauce ($15).
Junnoon sources the majority of its meats and produce from ecologically ethical farms that grow the freshest ingredients for the most flavorful meals, steering free of dried frosting spheres or flash-frozen turnips. Instead of tying up India's phone line with banal phrase-book banter, let the artful displays of fresh ingredients and ground-up spices at Junnoon paint your tongue in the international language of yum.
The Michelin Guide awards Junnoon a Bib Gourmand rating, meaning “the restaurant is an inspector’s favorite for good value.” Gayot rates Junnoon 14/20 and calls it one of the Top 10 San Francisco/Bay Area Indian Restaurants. The San Francisco Chronicle loved the food, and the website metroactive can’t get enough:
- Junnoon is not your run-of-the-mill Indian restaurant---beautiful, exotic surroundings tempt diners to try an eclectic menu that uses the Bay Area’s abundant produce to update traditional dishes from regions throughout India. – Gayot
- In terms of food, service and ambience, Junnoon has turned into a winner. – Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle
- You could easily make a meal from Junnoon's great selection of appetizers. The crab and cod cake, spiced mussels and minced beef patty are all quite good. But save room for excellent entrees like the rich Malabar chicken stew and exotic Goan lobster. – metroactive