Jaipur Junction features a newly designed, easy to understand menu with detailed explanations of offered dishes. However, there are very few pictures for those looking for visual help. The restaurant starts a new year in a newly remodeled space located in the Timber Ridge Plaza in North Royalton. Upon entering, my husband and I were pleasantly greeted and offered our choice of seating at a booth or table. We chose a booth. Each table had a neutral colored crisp linen cloth covered by a removable glass top. With the edges of the cloth exposed, I immediately noticed stains, and food debris. I thought one set of stains resembled dried blood, but who knows? I switched sides and there were more stains on the other side of the table as well. Each of us were given a glass goblet filled with ice cold water and I noticed each table had place settings of flatware wrapped in white paper napkins. The restaurant was brightly lit and featured high, freshly painted walls and newer carpet . The restaurant was devoid of any pictures, or decorative items. Music was playing near the front host desk. The phone at the desk rang loudly and frequently. It was rarely answered even though the restaurant was not noticeably busy. If the main phone was not answered then a cell phone would begin ringing which seemed to momentarily stop the music.
Despite the lack of atmosphere, we felt welcome and comfortable and the food made up for any external disappointment. We started with an appetizer order of Samosa and Vegetable Pakora followed by Baingan Bhartha. The appetizers were served hot and crisp. They were large and filled with perfectly seasoned and savory ingredients. A large portion of Baingan Bhartha was provided with freshly baked Naan bread. Despite satisfying our appetites quickly, the food was so good that it was hard to stop eating! No paper plates donned this delicious fare as everything was served on cassic white tableware. The Baingan Bhartha was served in a silver-like, copperish bowl that looked as if it was hand hammered and featured delicately designed side handles. We were give extra Naan for our generous leftovers that we boxed and took home. Service was excellent and non hurried. We used a coupon with our meal and paid a reasonable price (under $30) for our dinner. The general atmosphere was exceedingly friendly with all questions answered with a smile. I learned that there is a daily lunch buffet featuring different food choices on any given day. Appetizers, main dishes and desserts are offered for $8.95 a person. If I could rate based on food alone, I would give Jaipur Junction five stars, but the soiled table linens, loud unanswered phone and brightly lit and visually inept dining room were a detriment to the overall dining experience. Would I go back? Absolutely, but next time I might order takeout.
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