Lucknow Social | Regional Indian Food From An Ex-Fat Duck Chef
London’s Indian 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 – is going to give it just that, in the form of his new restaurant Lucknow Social.
He’s parking it just off Regent Street, on Mayfair’s Maddox Street, and it’s going to specialise in 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 more interesting of the regional Indian styles.
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. Lots of lamb, it looks like.
To drink, he’s put celeb sommelier Zeren Wilson onto the task of curating a short-but-sweet wine list, and Hackney Brewery will be creating a bespoke beer for the site.
Perfect, for those looking to get Lucki.
NOTE: Lucknow Social is due to open on March 4th. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can check out their Instagram right HERE.
Lucknow Social | 49 Maddox St, W1S 2PQ
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