Stepping into the ambient premises of Lucknow, you immediately feel at home. Accentuated by tasteful paintings and classical music, Lucknow presents a traditional yet rustic atmosphere. Give some of these signature dishes a try and let the splendid Awadhi cuisine take you over.
The Chicken Rara
Tender pieces of chicken cooked in a deliciously thick minced chicken gravy, the Chicken Rara looks promising. But what makes the Rara a must try is the delicate sweet-spicy taste of the chicken mince that goes well with both biriyani and naan. The best thing is that it will satiate your tastebuds, without filling you up too much.
Tandoori Stuffed Aloo
Admittedly, potatoes aren’t exactly a nutritious choice, but you might as well allow the Tandoori Stuffed Aloo to change your mind. The carbs are cooked in a tandoor and stuffed with supple fillings of vegetables and beans. The veggie fillings are a soft mash that lightens up the dish and adds that extra flavour.
Available in mutton and beef, no praise is worthy enough of the Galawti. At first glance, it appears no different than a regular shami kabab- until you take a bite of this melting mass of softness. Slightly crispy on the outside, the quivering softness of the meat will have you reeling. Subtly spiced, the Galawti is exceptional. Paired with parathas, it makes for a sumptuous meal and has enough substance to stand on its own as a stellar starter.
While tikkas in general are reputed for being dry and bland, the Paneer Malai Tikka comes as a pleasant surprise. As you bite into the semi blistered surface of the paneer, it easily breaks open in succulent bits. Nestled in between fresh tomatoes and capsicums, the true delights of these skewered tikkas are in their tender texture.
While the beef bhuna doesn’t stand as tall and proud as the other items, it tastes decent and is a popular choice among regular customers. This spicy dish is served in generous amounts which make it perfect to be eaten in several helpings with naan or plain rice.
Chicken Lucknowi Stew
The Chicken Lucknowi Stew is a milder counterpart to the other heavier curries on the menu. The sweetness of the onions adds to the flavour while the delicious morsels of chicken are buried in a creamy curry. The stew brings about a refreshing change from the other masala-infused chicken dishes. The mildness of the dish will make you want to slow down and savour this delicacy.
Drumsticks maybe a household favourite, but nothing puts a smoky twist on them like the Chicken Tangri. Delicately marinated in a mixture of specially formuted spices, the grilled chicken pieces have mastered that charred, tandoori flavour. The tandoori chicken is char-grilled on the outside and juicy on the inside. Dip these smoky legs in mint chutney for a zesty zing.
With so many restaurants mushrooming all over the city, what makes Lucknow a pace setter is the authentic Awadhi flavours that you shall find in each of their dishes. With more hits than misses, Lucknow is now set to take the city on a culinary journey that will cajole you to be back for more.