After a pretty successful run in New Delhi, The Junkyard Cafe recently opened up a branch in Bandra, Mumbai. We decided to pay a visit. It was a Wednesday evening and we were greeted by a giant Hero Honda transformer. The big door at the entrance, which has a rusted finish, leads you to the dining space. Right from the lighting to the decor, the whole look and feel is exactly that of a junkyard. It does complete justice to the name of the restaurant.
You’ll notice tyres piled up, an old dummy aircraft hanging from the ceiling, bicycles hung on the wall, and some old number plates used as decorations. The ambience wouldn’t have been worthy of accolades without the music. It would be unfair to not compliment the DJ. The playlist got us grooving from the moment we stepped in. The rustic set-up of the place looks perfect. The cafe lounge is a one-storied space with projector screens placed on the upper deck right across the long, well-stocked bar. The lamps and ceiling lights are kept to the bare minimum, with old-school bulbs. The interiors have been done keeping the little details in mind; something we appreciated. The wall hangings made out of gears and wheel rims are absolutely Instagram-worthy.
After a recce of the place, we were directed to our table, and we got down to business right away: “Hello, food!” For the first time in a very long time, I liked the vegetarian spread more than the non-veg. The first course consisted of Beijing Chicken, Buffalo Chicken Wings, and Wasabi Peas Aloo Tikki. While the Chicken Wings were a decently cooked meal plated well, the Wasabi Peas Aloo Tikki won our hearts. The smooth texture had just the right amount of flavour, making it an absolutely yummy appetiser! Sorry for not being able to click pics of the Chicken Wings; the aroma and plating was too irresistible for my patience. From the mains, the Grilled Veggies with Couscous and Tahini is a must try. The generous portions consist of couscous cake served with grilled, buttery stir-fried veggies and tahini dip. For meat lovers, the Masala Prawn Curry hits you right in the feels. Quite literally! The spicy curry is plated in a traditional Mumbaiyya style with onions and chillies on the side.
The Minto Plus, a watermelon-based cocktail, and the Citrus Mart, a healthy citrus mocktail, balanced the meal out well.
Throughout the evening, every order kept appealing and delighting us. The cocktails and desserts were pretty decent too. However, we felt a couple of the items listed on the menu are unreasonably priced.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience. A thumbs up from us.
If the Junkyard Cafe is on your to-visit list, here are some of Bayside recommendations:
For Non Vegetarians: Masala Prawn with Ghee Rice (you can ask for naan/roti in place of the rice, we recommend that you do!). Caution: It’s a bit spicy!
For Vegetarians: Grilled Veg with Tahini with Couscous
If you have no other plans for the evening, visit Junkyard Cafe without having any second thoughts!
Address: 164, Hill Rd, Sayed Wadi, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Contact: 022 3395 6152
Hours: 12 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Additional Reporting by Aishwarya Pattabiraman