What: Lucknow 49
In a nutshell: More biryani action and slow cooking in Mayfair from the Dum Biryani team
Summing it all up: Inspired by the Lucknow region's Awadhi cooking, chef and restaurateur Dhruv Mittal is opening a restaurant with all manner of biryanis, kebabs and lunchtime quick bites.
London's white hot Indian food scene shows no sign of slowing down for 2019. The next place to open will be Lucknow 39 (originally called Lucknow Social) on Mayfair's Maddox Street. It's the second restaurant from Dhruv Mittal who brought us the joys of DUM Biryani in the City.
Mittal, whose background includes stints at The Fat Duck, Hibiscus and Sat Bains, also worked as a chef at the Oberoi hotel in Agra, just east of Lucknow. Apparently, that's where he was first inspired by the region's Awadhi method of cooking. For those of you (ourselves included) who aren't so well versed in Indian cuisine as to know what that means, you can expect all manner of biryanis, galauti kebabs and curries on the menu.
And it does sound pretty tempting. There's a kakori kebab spiked with cloves, black pepper, and cinnamon, and grilled over coals; an Awadhi chicken biryani flavoured with saffron, rose water, screw pine essence and a perfume made with the roots of several flowers and seeds. Or how about a lamb neck korma, with saffron and just a hint of spice?
To keep things ticking over at lunchtimes the menu will also feature a series of quick bites. So if you're after something in a hurry there's a multi-layered gilafi kulcha with a choice of chicken kakori or lamb galauti kebab as well a smaller version of the biryani and both can be ordered to take away.
The drinks front sounds just as interesting. Zeren Wilson who came up with the drinks list for Sambal Shiok and Kiln among many others - has built a short wine list of bottles carefully selected to pair with Lucknowi cuisine. There's also going to be a collaboration with Hackney Brewery who are working with the restaurant to create their own beer.
To make the whole thing go with a swing, they'll be providing vibes courtesy of a playlist of laid-back chilled beats and Urdu pop. Groovy.
More about Lucknow 49
Where is it? 49 Maddox St, London W1S 2PQ
When does it open? 2 April 2019
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