Review: Lucknow 49


Lucknow 49, a new Indian restaurant specialising in Lucknavi cuisine located just off Regents Street from the team behind DUM Biryani in Soho.

The Food


Guests can kick off with a choice of kawabs, based on dishes beloved by the Mughal emperors whose Persian roots inspired much of the Awadhi style. There’s a lamb kakori kebab spiked with clove, black pepper, and cinnamon, and grilled over coals; and the aforementioned beef galawati made with minced beef and over 50 dry spices, hand-pounded into a soft paste and gently fried.


Next, there’s a line-up of fragrant biryanis, including an Awadhi
goat biryani flavoured with saffron, rose water, screw pine essence and a perfume made with the roots of several flowers and seeds alongside vegetable biryani using cauliflower, carrot, green beans and chillies. Lucknow’s curries are labour-intensive, simmered slowly over a low heat – there’s a rich chicken korma, with saffron and just a hint of spice; and taar gosht, meaning ‘sticky lamb’, a specialty of Lucknow’s royal kitchens which sees a spice-marinated lamb leg rendered down for several hours to create a thick sauce.


Gilafi kulchas are on hand to mop up curries, while fresh sides of moong makhani dal, pickled lacha onion and homemade coriander chutney to cut through the heat.


To finish, cold, simple desserts round off the menu, including a makhan malai, meaning ‘buttercream’, garnished in almonds, rose petals and silver leaf, as well as a traditional aminabad kulfi, set and served in a clay cup.

The Drinks

The wine list has been chosen by Zeren Wilson, a selection of small growers from around Europe, with an emphasis on winemakers who work their land sustainably, organically and biodynamically. The restaurant has also teamed up with London Fields Brewery to launch their very own beer and also Bimber Distillery to create a bespoke gin. Also taking their place on the drinks list are a selection of spice infused cocktails, tea based mocktails and aperitif sours.

The Interiors

Interiors celebrate the colours of India, the idiosyncrasies of Indian roadside cafés, railway platforms, markets and the warmth of a Lucknavi household. Guests to Lucknow 49 enter into a rustic space decorated in
earthy tones, before ducking through an archway to the back of the restaurant, which has an open, courtyard feel along with vintage photographs and skylight.

Our Thoughts

Great Little Find especially in the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus. Great for a catch up with friends as the prices are reasonable and great for sharing!

Find out More
Lucknow 49,
49 Maddox St,
W1S 2PQ.

Check out their menu HERE

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