Lucknow 49 | Regional Indian Food From An Ex-Fat Duck Chef
Last updated: 18th October 2019
London’s dining scene could really do with a little Lucknow.
So it’s quite convenient that Dhruv Mittal – ex-Fat Duck chef, and founder of the excellent DUM Biryani – has given it just that, in the form of his new restaurant Lucknow 49 (previously mooted as Lucknow Social).
He’s parked it just off Regent Street, on Mayfair’s Maddox Street, in a colourful space filled with earthy hues, sofa-like banquettes, scattered cushions, and warm wood floors. Its specialist subject, and the reason for its name, is Lucknowi cuisine. Just what IS Lucknowi cuisine, you quite reasonably ask? Well, the place itself is a city in Northern India near the border of Nepal, so it borrows a lot of culinary influences from Asia and the Middle East, making it one of the most interesting of the regional Indian styles. A great deal of dishes are prepared ‘dum’ style, meaning they’re cooked slowly over a low flame.
All of that means that you can expect a menu including a Kakori kebab spiked with clove, black pepper, and cinnamon, then grilled over coals; and a lamb galauti made with minced lamb with over 50 dry spices, which is then hand-pounded into a soft paste and gently fried (originally invented for a toothless viceroy, apparently). You can also expect the classic biryanis that Dhruv Mittal has become known for, as well as a generous helping of slow-cooked dishes, including a white rice dish made with 16-hour simmered lamb stock.
To drink, celeb sommelier Zeren Wilson has taken on the task of curating a short-but-sweet wine list to pair with all of this fiery food, and Hackney Brewery have created a bespoke beer for the restaurant, too.
Looks like everyone will be getting Lucki.
NOTE: Lucknow 49 is open Tues-Thurs 12-3pm and 5.30-10.30pm; Fri-Sat 12-3pm and 5.30-11pm; Sun 12-3pm and 5.30-9pm. You can check out their website, and book, right HERE.
Lucknow 49 | 49 Maddox Street, W1S 2PQ
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