Kitchen of Awadh (A 208, Supermart 1, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell:

One of the best standalone (non 5 star) Restaurants in Gurgaon that serves an honest & almost authentic  Awadhi (Lucknowi) food in a very beautifully done Dining Hall with massve attention to detail on every aspect of the decor.

Kitchen of awadh
Kitchen of awadh

Address & other details:  Kitchen of awadh

Meal for 2: Rs. 800 onwards

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

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receipt - proof of payment
receipt – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

We came to know of Kitchen of Awadh thru a facebook friend of YUMMRAJ (never met him in person). He had suggested to go & eat at Kitchen of Awadh delhi. Pls read the review of Kitchen of Awadh Delhi here. Loved the food & ordered many more times, got it home for friends etc.

Inside Kitchen of Awadh
Inside Kitchen of Awadh

Gurgaon has very few good, authentic mid segment restaurants. So when we heard KOA is in Gurgaon, we jumped out of our sofa straight into the restaurant & ended up spending a lovely evening there.

The Restaurant is located in the crowded supermart DLF ph4 which now houses quite a few very good regional food restaurants – Ki Hangla, Biryani blues, Bernardos & Mughlai restaurants like Al Karam etc. Signage of the restaurant is distinct & is visible very well from a distance.

The décor has a Mughlai filigree style detailing on the window, side panels and on few other places.

filigree style decor
filigree style decor

A nice chandelior creates a nice pattern on the ceiling.

chandelior
chandelior

Furniture is modern, basic, wooden and good for sitting 2 hours.

kathal ke kabab
kathal ke kabab

Menu card is worth a mention. I have come across very few such beautifully designed menu cards in this type of restaurant.

Menu card
Menu card

Sharafat ka zamana wapas – They write at the back of the menu card that they serve RO water & guests do not really need to buy bottled water. However they can buy a bottle, if they wish to.

sharafat ka zamana
sharafat ka zamana

Waiting staff is nice & well behaved but will need quite a bit of rigorous training to face the ‘demanding’ guests of Gurgaon.

Sharafat ka zamana wapas
about the food served…..

Food is the center of attraction here. Good ingredients make their presence felt. Attempts to b as close as possibe the the real Awadhi food was visible.

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

We started our evening with Mutton Galouti Kabab. It was super soft melt in the mouth , as expected. However it was so soft that it was quite a task to transfer the kabab from the tray to the plate.

mutton galawati kabab
mutton galawati kabab

Spices made their presence felt. The kabab was not overloaded with oil (like in the road side Kabab parathewalas of Lucknow) but was quite tasty inspite of that. Really nice. Rate it 4.5/5

mutton galawati kabab
mutton galawati kabab

We enjoyed this with an excellent ulte tawa ka paratha made with desi ghee. Flavors of the ghee were very enjoyable but the paratha was not ‘oily’.

ulte tawa ka paratha
ulte tawa ka paratha

A mild sweetness defined the taste. The paratha was soft within & had a crisp, flaky outside layer. Enjoyed this a lot & rate it 4.5/5

flakiness of ulte tawa ka paratha
flakiness of ulte tawa ka paratha

We moved on to Mutton Kakori kabab. I have had better kakoris at Kitchen of Awadh in the past.

mutton kakori kabab
mutton kakori kabab

However this one was very good as well. Strong flavors of spices, a hot aftertaste, a super thin skin formed during the grilling process & super duper soft inside were the characteristics of this kabab. Enjoyed it as it is & also with ulte tawa ka paratha. Rate it 4/5

mutton kakori kabab
mutton kakori kabab

15th Dec 2014

Revisited the Kakori – As good / even better than the best Kakori I have had at Kitchen of Awadh, Delhi. One of the finest Kakoris, to the West of Lucknow………………..Lajawaab.

Kakori Kabab
Kakori Kabab

The amazing flavours of spices, the taste of good meat, a thin smoth layer formed during making of the Kabab & the overall smoked feel – mind blowing.

Had the Nawab of Lucknow eaten this, he wud hv flung his pearl necklace to the Chef in sheer joy….:)

Rate this Kakori 4.75/5.

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The next item was Shammi Kabab. I think this was the best shammi kabab I have had in a while. Usually most people end up making this hard & dry as they add more daal and less meat. At KOA the dal & meat were very well proportioned. Both the flavors were intact. Result – A very soft , not dry, very tasty , flavorful kabab. Really loved it. Rate it 4.5/5

Shammi Kabab
Shammi Kabab

We also tried a vegetarian galouti made from raw jackfruit (kathal). This was outstanding. Very close to the original Galouti, this kabab retained the flavors& taste of Kathal while giving a feel of the meat galouti. Very very soft – breaks off at the slightest provocation. Loved it & rate it 4.5/5

kathal ke kabab
kathal ke kabab

We finally ordered KOA special Chicken tikka (surely not awadhi). I know of the famous cock fights of Lucknow but this dish is pure Punjabi. Anyway, it turned out to be really good inspite of being a tad more sour. The inside was very soft & nice. The outer side was charred and good. Loved munching on this. Rate it 4.5/5

special Chicken tikka
special Chicken tikka

Next dish to hit our table was Mutton Dum Biryani. It was served in an earthen matka, wrapped with an aluminium foil. Once I unwrapped the foil, I found the cover of the matka sealed with atta. As soon as we opened the matka, the aroma of good biryani spread.

Mutton Dum Biryani served on table like this
Mutton Dum Biryani served on table like this

The biryani had long aromatic grains of rice that were independent. The rice at the lower layer had broken a bit & the one at the topmost layer was 90% as soft as it shud ideally have been.

The mid part was marvellous. As we pointed this to the waiting staff, they apologized & offered to change the biryani. We said ‘no’ coz we were quite full by then. Rate the texture 2.5/5

Mutton Dum Biryani after removing the foil
Mutton Dum Biryani after removing the foil

The taste of the biryani was awesome. As good as it cud get. Rate it 4.75/5

Mutton Dum Biryani - just after opening the lid
Mutton Dum Biryani – just after opening the lid

Flavors & aroma were too good as well. Rate that 4.5/5

The mutton pieces were soft & tasty. The cuts cud have been a bit better. Rate them 4.25/5

Mutton Dum Biryani - just after opening the lid
Mutton Dum Biryani – just after opening the lid

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Overall rating of biryani averages out to 4/5.

Went back months later & re-tried the Goshth biryani few times in succession.

goshth biryani
goshth biryani

This time it was perfect in every way. The pictures will tell u that story.

Goshth biryani
Goshth biryani

Last dish we had was Bhuna Goshth. Loved it. Sweetish taste from lots of onions, thick gravy, very soft & nice mutton pieces & really nice overall. Rate it 4.5/5.

Bhuna Goshth
Bhuna Goshth

We finished our dinner with the legendary unmissable phirni of KOA. If u miss it, ur tastebuds wud just curse u. Thick, rich, full flavor of good milk, creamy texture & right sweetness. A class apart. Rate it 4.95/5

phirni
phirni

Overall rating of food at KOA averages out to 4.5/5

I wud surely revisit here. What r u thinking? Write in….

Update – 17th March 2015

Revisited many times since I wrote this post & over time have tried some other items as well:

Jimikand ke kabab – A melt in the mouth , Galawati style kabab with nice balance of spices & excellent flavors. It needs great imagination & expertise to come up with such a nice dish from the humble Jimikand.

Jimikand ke kabab
Jimikand ke kabab

However for non vegetarians, Mutton Galawati tastes much better than this. For vegetarians, this is as close a substitute as it can get.

Jimikand ke kabab
Jimikand ke kabab

We also tried tried Dal ke kababs. These were good & soft but not as soft as the jimikand or Kathal.

Dal ke kabab
Dal ke kabab

Loved the way the outer layer was crisp & the softness inside.

Dal ke kabab
Dal ke kabab

An item that I found good several times was Lucknowi Murg masala. Super soft & tasty chicken pieces with an excellent gravy with lots of onions in it. The onions add an element of sweetness that is totally enjoyable.

Lucknowi murg masala
Lucknowi murg masala

Also tried the Paneer Tikka on few occassions. Love it. Super soft melt in the mouth paneer with the right amount of spices & perfect charred texture.

paneer tikka
paneer tikka
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16 comments

  1. Thanks Yummraj, we are thrilled to have you review us and feel so humbled by your comments. It is very encouraging, and this helps us to strive better…thank you once again!!

    Regards
    Kamal

      1. I wish I had such amazing options near my office. Although there are other great places in Bangalore. It’d be great if you could share a review of the restaurants in Bangalore if you’ve been to any.

      2. Hi Vidya, I keep going to Bangalore on work but never end up having a good meal as I am on the go constantly. Will try in future. Wud actually love to do that but hv not been successful so far.

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