Review on Lucknow 49
Just a short walk from bustling Regent Street, Lucknow 49 is a casual Indian restaurant set on Maddox Street in Mayfair. It's the second venture from chef-turned-restaurateur Dhruv Mittal, who has worked in some of the UK's most highly regarded restaurants such as Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck and Restaurant Sat Baines in Nottingham, before he established Dum Biryani House in Soho.
Named after the city of Lucknow in northern India and the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, the interiors have been designed by the award-winning New York-based design company MP Shift. There's a cosy vibe with its homely colourful décor featuring patterned wallpaper and vibrant wall hangings. Comfy banquettes are lined with bright cushions set against marble table tops, and framed monochrome photographs of Lucknowi nobles adorn the walls.
The kitchen showcases North Indian dishes, specialising in Awadhi cuisine that's native to the city of Lucknow, celebrating the heritage of the Mughal Empire, the menu is divided into chaats, kawabs, curries and biryanis. Among the delights on offer you might see Awadhi lamb biryani, slow cooked marinated lamb layered with rice or from the sea, jheenga balai, citrus and cream prawns, green chilli and tamarind chutney, finishing with angoori rasmalai and rose, cottage cheese dumplings soaked in milk, caramelised rose petals and pistachio.
Wine consultant and writer, Zeren Wilson has curated the wine list to complement the dishes, and there's also craft beer alongside signature cocktails like Pink Mirch, pink pepper gin sour with fresh cucumber and elderflower.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.30pm (11.00pm Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express