Lucknow is gourmet delight and we are not exaggerating. With a huge variety of mouthwatering delicacies, especially non-vegetarian cuisines, Lucknow will leave your taste buds wanting for more.
Here we list 20 places in Lucknow, you just can’t miss if you are a foodie.
1. Idris Ki Biryani
If mutton biryani is something you have been craving for, then look no further. Idris is Biryani will never disappoint you when it comes to authenticity of the taste, and serves the best biriyani platter of Awadh. Do not expect it to be a fancy restaurant, it is a typical roadside ‘dhaba’ that will certainly leave your taste buds elated.
Location: Patanala, Near Chowk
2. Bajpayee Ki Kachori Bhandar
If your stomach growls for a filling breakfast then Bajpayee Ki Kachori Bhandar, is the right place. Serving spicy aloo sabzi with kachoris fried in desi ghee, this small takeaway food joint is always full of people. The food is made in front of you so you can see the quality it’s super pocket friendly!
Location: Near Leela Cinema, Hazratganj
3. Mehrotra Paan Bhandaar
A must visit destination for paan lovers, Mehrotra Paan offers a blend of modern flavors infused with traditional paan preparation. If you think ‘paan’ is not your thing, then you must try their ‘chocolate paan’ and we bet you will change your opinion.
Location: State Bank Hazratganj
4. Ratti Lal Ke Khaste
Ratti Lal Ke Khaste with matar and chatpati aloo ki sabzi is to die for. If you are looking for a spicy treat, then this is the place for you. And once you are done with khaste and sabzi, don’t forget to try some batisha.
Location: Shivaji Marg, Aminabad
5. Wahid Biryani
A heaven for Biryani lovers, this place will serve you with one of the best Biryani platter in town. The biryani is deliciously aromatic as the meat and rice are cooked in dum. Don’t miss the treat if you happen to be in Aminabad.
Location: Next to Tundey Kebabi, Aminabad.
6. Bombay Pav Bhaji
It you want to feast on typical Mumbaiya Pav Bhaji, then this is indeed the right place for you. Bombay Pav Bhaji also serves the authentic and delicious tawa pulao called the Bhaji Pulao. It is a takeaway joint with quick service.
Location: Outside St Francis school, Hazratganj
7. Sharma Ji Ki Chai
Sharma Ji Ki Chai is certainly one of the most sought after joint in Lucknow. The mouthwatering Bun-Makhan, Samosa and of course the drool worthy chai, you just can’t stop yourself from being a fan of this place. You can also try bun-samosa which is equally delicious.
Location: Lalbagh, Hazratganj
8. Nainital Momos
There is no place in Lucknow as amazing as this if you truly are a momos fan. Offering a good range of momos with awesome taste, Nainital Momos carved a niche for itself. If spice is your thing, go for dragon fire momos or you may also try tandoor momos, Italian momos and paneer momos.
Location: Viram Khand Gomti Nagar
9. Royal Hut
A street food joint, at the entrance of Royal Café, this place is your escape to try the best chats in Lucknow. Their ‘Basket Chat’ is certainly their signature dish and too heavy to have it alone. A tokri filled with potato tikki, dah bada, garnished with pomegranates, sev, dahi and chutney, this chat is an absolute delight.
Location: Opposite Saharganj Mall, Hazratganj
10. Tundey Kebabi
When in Lucknow, you just can’t afford to miss the legendary Tundey Kebabi. Made by using over 100 spices, the royal kebab they offer will literally melt in your mouth. Enjoy the Galauti Kebabs with Mughlai Paratha, are relish the Awadhi delicacy at its best.
11. Raheem Kulcha Nihari
Located at the narrow bylanes of chowk, the Raheem Hotel is known for its delicious Kulcha Nihari. You will find one of the finest nihari here with mutton pieces cooked to perfection. The kulcha is always served fresh and crisp, and will certainly please your soul.
Location: Akbari Gate, Chowk
12. Shri Lassi Corner
A glass of Lassi is all you need to soothe yourself in scorching summers. One of the best places to have Lassi in Lucknow is Shri Lassi Corner. It is the one of the oldest shop in the city and what makes their lassi special is the thick cream layer, top with dry fruits. Also, try chole bhature at Shree and you won’t regret it.
Location: Kamla Nehru Marg, Chowk
13. Prakash Kulfi
Lucknow food will never disappoint the ones with a sweet tooth. One of best desserts you will find in Lucknow is Prakash ki Kulfi. It offers the most delectable kulfi falooda you will ever find. Stuffed with lot of almonds and pistachio, the taste of this Lucknowi dessert is irresistible. You can also get sugar free kulfi by placing orders in advance.
Location: Near Tundey Kebabi, Aminabad
14. Moti Mahal
Moti Mahal is one pocket friendly destination for vegetarians. A complete family restaurant that offers one of best ‘gulab jamuns’ in the town. Besides their gajar ka halwa, kulfi, chaats, matar and chhole bhature are also must try.
15. Chedilal Shakes and Juices
It is one of the oldest shakes and juices parlor’s in Lucknow serving a wide variety of drinks including pineapple shakes, badaam pista shake, butterscotch shake, black current shake among other. Its cold coffee and badam shake are absolute delight.
Location: Kasturba Market, Chowk
16. Madras Restaurant
A six-decade old food joint, Madras Restaurant serves authentic south Indian food. You can drop by here to try some fresh idlis and dosas along with delicious shambhar. Do not expect the place to match the décor of modern restaurants, but it certainly won’t disappoint you when it comes to the taste.
Location: Behind Universal Bookstore, Hazratganj
17. Chappan Bhog
Without doubt, Chappan Bhog is the best place to eat and pack dessert/sweet in entire Lucknow region. It is famous for its quality, taste, service and experience. You ought to try their Motichoor ke Laddoo, Malai Paan, Rasmalai and Kala Jaam. Besides, the Khatte Aloo and Khasta Kachori are equally tasty.
Location: Apna Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar
18. Shukla Chaat House
The oldest chaat outlet in Lucknow, Shukla Chat Corner offers authentic desi ghee preparations. The favorable aloo tikki they offer comes with a crispy crust and is soft from inside. Besides, their pani batashe, shahi batashe and matar are some other mouthwatering delicacies from the outlet.
Location: Shahnajaf Road, Hazratganj
Neelkanth is synonymous to sweetness in Lucknow. A sweet shop with that offers a good range of sweets, chats, paan batashe, kulfi and other confectionery items. Its kaju katli, rasmali, chhena toast, malai handi and almond pinni are must try.
Location: Vivek Khand, Gomti Nagar
Dastarkhwan, is a place which may look ordinary but is meat lovers delight. Serving the most authentic Mughlai cuisine in Lucknow, the place will never disappoint you. You may try Chicken Masala, Galawat Kebab, Chicken Lollipop, Biryani or any of their dishes, you will love them all. Dastarkhwan certainly offers mouthwatering delicacies.
Location: Near Tulsi cinema, Hazratganj