Having travelled extensively throughout India, honing his skills and knowledge of regional cuisine along the way, Lucknow 49 reflects owner (and former Fat Duck chef) Dhruv Mittal's time spent in the Northern Indian region of Uttar Pradesh and the city of Lucknow. Biryanis, kebabs and curries lead the menu. For the lunch there’s a ‘quick bites’ menu which can be ordered to takeaway and includes smaller versions of the menu’s biryanis and gilafi kulcha breads, which can be paired with chicken or lamb kebabs. For diner, the kitchen cooks up the likes of lamb neck korma with saffron and "sticky lamb" - set to a soundtrack of Urdu pop music.
Dishes are served on pastel shaded, eco-friendly bamboo bowls and plates, on tables embedded with green marble and dark woods, with simple wooden chairs and banquettes upholstered with vintage textiles, colourful futons and brightly designed bolsters. Closed on Mondays.
Aromatic cuisine, multi-layered flavours
Lamb kakori kebab spiked with clove, black pepper, and cinnamon; beef galawati made with minced beef and over 50 dry spices; Awadhi goat biryani flavoured with saffron, rose water, screw pine essence and chicken korma, with saffron and just a hint of spice.