Lucknow- a foodie’s paradise! 30

Food is something which brings people together to one table. It has come a long way from being the basic necessity of life to becoming a way of celebration, especially if we talk about the Indian context we have food for every occasion and every religion and when I say this I mean it.

I have always been a foodie and I live for the love of food. Being an Indian we cannot keep ourselves away from the taste of spices and what is more exciting about Indian food is that it has a new dash of flavour at every nook and cranny of the state.

If you are a die-hard food lover, India has a lot to offer and when we are talking about food how can we miss Lucknow.  After hearing the name of this city, two things that would have popped up in your mind would be Nawabon Ka Sheher and Tunday Kebab ; but my search made me explore few more flavours that make this city a hub for food lovers and if you plan to drop in here for a day or two, do not miss the following:

1. Tundey Ke kebab

This dish needs no introduction. It is a century old dish which has its lovers across the nation and abroad.

2. Prakash Ki kulfi

Any food is incomplete without a sweet dish, Prakash ki kulfi is an ultimate savoury for the people having a sweet tooth and even if you don’t, missing this dish from your list of food would be a sin.

3. Basket Chaat of Royal Café

As an Indian you cannot hide your love for chaat, it is something which is enjoyed equally by people of all age groups. The very famous basket Chaat of Royal Café is a scrumptious dish which has all the elements of chaat in one basket.

4. Idris Ki biryani

If you make a visit to Lucknow and miss the dum biryani,  it would be the biggest mistake. Do not forget to get your share of dum biryani from Idris. You would have heard a lot about Hyderabadi Dum Biryani but this one I swear is a serious competition to it.

5. Chicken Masala of Dastarkhan

You may find several dishes on the menu of this restaurant but their chicken masala should not be missed even if your stomach is full.

Well, the list is very long but I have handpicked these dishes which I have tasted myself and would like people to taste it when they come down to this city. Now that my taste buds have started to flood, I will continue in detail sometime soon but believe me, People call Lucknow as Nawabon ka Shahar, I would prefer calling it City for foodies instead.

Happy Eating !!! 🙂

 

 

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Lucknow Memoirs 91

Some cities are close to our hearts. Mostly because we have spent a lot of time there especially our childhood. For me the city holding,  that special place is Nawabon ka Shehar Lucknow!!

Situated on the banks of River Gomti, it has an old world charm and enthusiasm of new age too. A beautiful city emerging as a cosmopolitan, saving essence of its culture, Tehzeeb.

Whether you choose to travel by train or by air, the moment you land, you can feel the aroma of Lucknow. The language though mainly hHindiis spoken with a touch of Urdu and typical accent, and few words are the patent of this city!

The roads and lanes are good, comparable to any other city. The best time to visit is between Oct-Feb when it is the onset of cold till peak cold arrives. Summers are hot and humid too. The temperature may go up to 45 degrees.

The city has rich cultural heritage. Make sure to visit places like Bada ImamBara, Chota ImamBara and Residency. You will brush up with the slice of history and its grandeur.

The amazing thing about the city is that many big malls have come up with awesome architecture and  Brands to envy of but the city manages a balance between the two.

My personal favourite time to visit them is the early morning where you can see the beauty of pebbled streets and can relish the amazing breakfast of khasta kachori and jalebi at a small shop near 8 number crossing called Aath number chauraha!

The city has one of the most amazing food with distinct flavours and taste. It has many delicacies both vegetarian and non-vegetarian which are recorded in Indian cookbooks.

Different areas of Lucknow are associated with different tastes. So when you visit old Lucknow, Chauk, Ameenabad do stop for the ultimate kebab junction. Whenever you visit don’t forget to taste the most famous of kebabs ” Galawati kebab” famously known as Tundey ke kebab , served with saffron flavoured roti called sheermaal .You will  give your taste buds a treat.

Radhe Lal ki lassi is something which is subtle sweet with the saffron aroma.

Prakash ki kulfi in Ameenabad is a place running since 1960s.More than 50 years and the place has kulfi which is distinct in taste and preparation!

And yes do taste Lucknow ki chaat , if possible visit Royale café in Hazratganj which is like  Connaught place of Lucknow and serves the best basket chaat called tokri chaat .

The trip cannot be complete without shopping. The city of Lucknow boast of some awesome street markets.So shop till you drop for chikankari suits in Hazratganj , Ameenabaad  according to accessibility and budget.

A hidden treasure is Nakkhas market which is famous for its sunday market and the attraction is pets and birds. Just for the fun and some old world chaos you can visit this too.

Overall a  must visit city at least once to take away beautiful memories!!

Imperfecto, Hauz Khas 46

My idea of a good Saturday night?
Well….warm place, good vibes, good booze, some live music and friends. I had been wanting that for a very long time. It is very difficult to have such a night when you are living in a hostel because eventually warm place becomes the comfort of your bed, good vibes become the latest show that you binge watch and good booze becomes cheap daaru that you get from the theka outside your hostel.

However, my wish did come true when I visited Imperfecto at Hauz Khas. It was Saturday night so obviously the place was a bit crowded but we managed to find a spot for six.  It had everything I could ever ask for on a beautiful night.  Let’s start with the fact that it will not let you leave disappointed.

The interiors are eclectically designed and it offers an amazing variety of food and drinks with perplexing music.

Let me warn you about the money though. Since the place is so damn awesome, it is not cheap at all. So if you want to have a dreamy night with all its music and jazz, make sure you are carrying enough to pay for the same 😛

Take my advice and head to Imperfecto HKV this Saturday!!
You can also check out their Facebook page for more events.

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