Pandit Raja ki Mashoor Thandai (10 A, Kasturba Market, Chowk, Lucknow)

In a nutshell: A shop selling only two excellent items – plain Thandai & bhang thandai. Address & other details:  Raja thandai Meal for 2: Rs 60 onwards. Cuisine type :  vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in … Continue reading Pandit Raja ki Mashoor Thandai (10 A, Kasturba Market, Chowk, Lucknow)

Ram asrey (43/48 Near Leela Theatre, Nawal Kishore Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow)

In a nutshell: A sweet shop that has been around for more than 200 years, serves some unique & some popular YUMM sweets till date. Address & other details:  Ram asreys Meal for 2: Rs. 50 onwards Cuisine type :  vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have … Continue reading Ram asrey (43/48 Near Leela Theatre, Nawal Kishore Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow)

Makhan Malai (Chowk , Lucknow)

In a nutshell: A winter sweet sold in Lucknow that is conceptually similar to Daulat ki Chaat of Delhi but tastes better & is more flavorful (in my opinion). Address & other details:  Chowk Meal for 2: Rs. 40 onwards Cuisine type :  only vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & … Continue reading Makhan Malai (Chowk , Lucknow)

Tunday Kababi (On road connecting Chowk Gol Darwaza & Akbari Gate, Lucknow)

In a nutshell: A shop owned by the family of the Legend whose kababs became famous asTunday kabab. I am sure he himself used to make it way better to have reached such a Legendary status. Address & other details:  Tunday (the link shows Rahims. Once u reach Rahims, this shop is on opposite side, few shops later). Ask anyone. Meal for 2: Rs. 50 onwards Cuisine type … Continue reading Tunday Kababi (On road connecting Chowk Gol Darwaza & Akbari Gate, Lucknow)

Bajpai Kachori Bhandar (Near Leela Theatre, Nawal Kishore Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)

In a nutshell: Awesome khasta kachoris.that I remembered from my last trip to Lucknow 4 years back , served with outstanding aloo ki subzi & chholay. Address & other details:  Bajpai Kachori Bhandar The google map link is for Ram Asrey. Once u reach Ram Asrey, this kachori is bang opposite. Meal for 2: Rs. 80 onwards Cuisine type :  only vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries … Continue reading Bajpai Kachori Bhandar (Near Leela Theatre, Nawal Kishore Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)

Idris Hotel (opposite Police Chowki, Patanala, Lucknow)

In a nutshell: An eatery with no signboard, no proper entrance, tiny eating hall where one shares table with strangers …………. It is also the eatery that makes food with a passion for perfection leading to impeccable, unforgettable food with awesome taste & flavors – stuff that turn into legends & memories. Address & other details:  Idris Meal for 2: Rs. 100 onwards Cuisine type :  … Continue reading Idris Hotel (opposite Police Chowki, Patanala, Lucknow)

Rahim ki Nihari (Akbari Gate, Chowk Bazar, Lucknow)

This post is co – contributed by YUMMRAJ (Jan 2015), Guest Bloggers YUMMDOOT (June 2012) & updated Dec 2014 by Rakesh Kumar YUMMRAJ’s Post (Jan 15) –  In a nutshell: Very good nihari, outstanding Kulcha & some great Biryani sum up this signboard -less eatery in a narrow lane of Lucknow. Address & other details:  Rahims (this is correct Google map link) Meal for 2: Rs. 100 onwards Cuisine … Continue reading Rahim ki Nihari (Akbari Gate, Chowk Bazar, Lucknow)

Idris ki Biryani (Patanala near kotwali Chowk Bazaar lucknow)

Contributed by Guest Blogger YUMMDOOT

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In a nutshell:

A ‘must not miss’ Dum Biryani experience in Lucknow

the wow ‘Idris ki Biryani’

Cuisine type: Nonvegetarian

Meal for 2: Rs. 100 onwards

The school besides which the biryani shop is located

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

My 5th visit to my in-laws’s place in Lucknow was very different than all the previous ones. Unlike in the past, I decided to go &savour the culinary surprises of Lucknow & I stumbled upon an unexpected partner – my father in law. His eyes lit as soon as I shared my plans & he offered to accompany me to a list of eateries I was carrying with me.

extra colored sheermal @ Idris ki Biryani

What surprised me wholly about eateries in lucknow was the fact that most of the places didn’t have even a rudimentary sign board. I mean one would expect those ‘lucknow ke mashhoor’ kind of stuff written but even that is not common here. But, yeah, everybody seems to know about these eateries, everybody loves them and so they authenticate/vouch for these as well.

mutton being cooked

We then headed to the chowk around 6.30 in the evening where our local kadardaan Mr Sayeed Khan was waiting for our company. He was a gentle soul with a ‘laheza’ tone so eminent in Lucknow . This man was Around 60’s & was one of my Father in law’s friend – he had a superb knowledge of the place and food since he has resided here for many many years.

The shop / shack of Idris ki Biryani is around 30-40 years old & can be termed as the latest hot-shot in the area of Top culinary excellence it Lucknow. The claim to fame is coverage in several electronic & print media.

The area at the entrance of the shop looked like an old shack with coal tandoor on one side and huge patilas with curry lying all around on the floor. It actually reminded me of makeshift kitchens that u see in Marriages.

near the entrance of Idris ki Biryani

The kebabs were being made literally on a huge griddle on an oven on the road –to be precise, on a coal pit dug out into the floor.

the kababs being made

The eating area had around 4-5 tables which were jam-packed with people sitting on‘tea stall’ style benches. I noticed the floor below the eating area – it was jet black & even after looking at it for some time, I could not understand whether it was kutcha or pukka.

the eating area – where u share a table with people whom u have perhaps never met.

Everybody including my companions were eating biryani with their hands. I raised my hand & habitually asked for a spoon. Soon I realized that to enjoy the mutton biryani in to the core, one has to better leave the spoon and dive in with one’s hand.

Needless to say that the Biryani was made in the Traditional Lucknowi Dum system – slow cooking over a long period of time.

Detailed description – In case u have the time to njoy reading:

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