A raging hotspot for foodies, over the years Lucknow has become famous all across the country for its local delicacies. Rich in taste and flavor, Lucknowi food is nothing short of absolute magic! From aromatic biryanis to tempting kebabs, from irresistible nehari–kulchas to delicious kormas, this city is nothing short of a paradise. Here are some of the best eateries in town!
Let’s start with the best eatery is town, Tunday Kababi, has been serving the best kebabs in Lucknow for centuries now. As the name suggest, this restaurant is known for its delicious, juicy Tunde Ke Kabab (buffalo meat galouti kebab). Made with the traditional Lucknowi recipe, elaborate cooking techniques, and the perfect blend of spices, this Awadhi dish is said to have, believe it or not, 160 spices! The meat tends to dissolve in the mouth instantly and is best complimented with roomali rotis. Besides this, the restaurant also serves you other meaty delights from Lucknowi and Mughlai cuisines, such as mutton boti kabab, mutton and chicken biryanis, tikkas, and others. Also, the prices are budget friendly, so eat as much as you want without burning a hole in your pocket!
Leaving the city without having the famous Lucknowi biryani? A big NO NO! Started in the year 1955, this simple chain of outlets has come a long way to become the city’s pride and a name every Lucknowite swears by. It’s said the work biryani in Lucknow is synonymous to Wahid. Yes, the biryani is that good here! Being of the finest restaurants of the real Mughlai taste, this restaurant serves amazing dishes like Nihari Kulcha, Pasanda, and Roasted Chicken with their special dessert Kheer. If that plate of steaming, aromatic biryani doesn’t make you fall in love with food over and over again, what else will?
Makhan Malai Chowk
No winter in Lucknow is complete without having the most famous Makhan Malai here! Makhan malai is one of Lucknow’s most famous dessert. Its airy, sweet, fluffy and cloud like consistency makes it disappear in your mouth in no time. Available only in winters, the dish has a mysterious bond with the season. So, head to Makhan Malai Chowk that serve the most delicious and authentic sweet dish of Lucknow.
Another name popular among the people of Lucknow, Dastarkhwanis one of the iconic food joints in Lucknow. If you want to sample authentic Mughlai grubs, this is where you can head to. From lip-smacking galawati kebabs and mutton rogan josh to chicken biryani and shami kebab, this restaurant is a non-vegetarian’s haven! Also do try out their boti kebab to know what love tastes like. With great food and heartwarming hospitality, this restaurant leaves no stone unturned in ensuring your dining experience in Lucknow beyond impeccable.
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Staying true to its name, this restaurant in Lucknow offers an old-world charm, graphic vintage wall décor and comfortable seating area. The Vintage Machine serves a range of cuisines with a focus on Italian, including tasty pizzas, lasagnas, pastas, and sandwiches. Their Pasta Alfredo, Peri Peri Red burger, Kafe Roasted Hazelnut and Classic Style Shakshouka are must-try here. The fine combination of retro décor and hearty food makes this place a must-visit for casual dining in Lucknow. Saturdays are special when you can enjoy the musical evenings with soothing guitars adding on to the lovely ambience.
The Chocolate Heaven
The Chocolate Heaven is a paradise for all chocoholics as it serves some of the best chocolaty savories that they can relish to their heart’s content. From Chocolate Krispies Waffle, Nutella Hot Chocolate, Baked Hot Chocolate, Nutty Overload Pizza, Chocolate Sandwich, Chocolate Fondue to Nutella Freakshake, everything chocolate-y on this planet are all available at this cafe. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket to chocolate land today and explore the wonders there.
The Lucknow Local
Tucked away in the lanes of Lucknow, The Lucknow Local is lately turning out to be a popular hangout spot with gorgeous decor and a warm ambience. There’s a Yamaha motorbike placed atop the entrance door. They have a library as well, with books arranged properly in the shelves. Apart from the lovely decor, the food here is amazing too. Among the highlights of the place is the Mango Mint Truffle cake, famous as MMT. Besides that, their kit kat shake, paneer makhni pizza and nachos are delicious. It is the perfect spot and the ambience to have a cup of coffee in the company of some amazing people or even better, some fantastic books. If the chef in you is inspired to try out the delicacies at home, you can even engage in the cooking workshops the café holds every week on Sundays.
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