Eat Like a Mughal
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Indian
Address : 49 Maddox St, Westminster, London, W1S 2PQ, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : lucknowldn.com
Opening Times : Tues-Thurs: 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm, Mon: Closed
Dhruv Mittal has been a firm fan favourite amongst foodies since he upped sticks from the Fat Duck to open the best biryani shop in London, the rap-soundtracked basement boite DUM Biryani on Soho‘s Wardour Street. So we were pretty excited to see what kind of new venture acumen he brought to Mayfair‘s Maddox Street with the launch of sequel resto Lucknow 49. Opting to home in on the Mughal cuisine of the northern city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Mittal has mined his country‘s rich history to create a menu that takes no prisoners, all at an absurdly reasonable price point.
Located at 49 Maddox Street, the dining room is a tad more grown up than DUM Biryani, with a soundtrack of contemporary hip-hop to distinguish it from its sibling‘s 90s-led playlists. Guests pitch up at wooden tables set upon wooden floors, with whitewashed walls painted in ornate Mughal patterns, inset with alcoves and festooned with tapestries. There‘s an abundance of puffy baroque cushions to take your seat upon. Within minutes we were comfortably ensconced in conversation, sipping on signature cocktails.
We embarked upon our culinary journey to Lucknow with an array of starters. Lentil stuffed flatbread with rice dumplings, yoghurt, tamarind and coriander chutney was a cooling foil to gosht barrah lamb chops cooked over charcoal and an electrifying saffron and cream flavoured chicken tikka. We ordered a gilafi kulcha, cooked on the tandoor with many striated layers, which was adept at mopping up the two curries we had ordered: whole quail cooked using its own steam as well as lamb leg slow cooked in trotter stock for 12 hours with over 30 spices. Our dinner arrived at its final destination with a traditional Aminabad kulfi: a milk-based ice cream with saffron, almond and cardamom.
Lucknow 49 is likely one of the best value restaurants on Maddox Street and perhaps Mayfair as well. Well worth a visit.