The 10 Best Restaurants To Try In Uttar Pradesh, India
Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh in India, is a paradise for food lovers, the best place to indulge in awadhi cuisine. Meanwhile, Agra, home to the stunning Taj Mahal, doesn’t lack for great restaurants either. Here we explore the 10 best restaurants across the region.
Located in a small street of the bustling Aminabad area, this famous 100-year-old kebab shop has earned its well deserved reputation over the years. The galawati kebabs are one of the most mouth-watering local delicacies in Lucknow, while the mutton biryani is a must try too. Be wary as other Tunday kababi spots have opened in the area since, but they are only copies. Any trip to Lucknow would be incomplete without tasting the priceless kebabs at Tunday Kababi.
Dastarkhwan is a fine dining restaurant serving delicious galawati kebabs. The tender, tasty and flavorful kebabs taste even better when combined with green chutney, onions and rumali roti. The chicken masala is of top quality, while the mughlai paratha is also sensational.
Royal Cafe Hazratganj is one of the oldest and most reputable establishments in Lucknow. It might not be the place with the best ambiance, nor the best service, but it is definitely a place with great food. The specialty of the house is the very tasty basket chaat. The concept of the Royal Cafe Hazratganj’s basket chaat is unique, even the basket itself in which the food is served is edible. Head to the Royal Cafe Hazratganj for their winning Chaat Corner.
Located on the 9th floor of the first five-star hotel to open in Lucknow, the Clarks Avadh Hotel, Falaknuma is a gorgeous rooftop restaurant offering the very best of awadhi food from the Avadh era. Overlooking the Gomti river, the restaurant’s views are breathtaking, giving the restaurant a very charming ambiance. Falaknuma is the perfect spot to have a candle-lit romantic dinner while listening to a live Ghazal music performance in a traditional setting.
The luxurious ITC Mughal, the award-winning Peshawri restaurant serves authentic flavors coming straight from the north-western frontier. The restaurant has a display kitchen where baked breads, from the light to the fluffy, and mouth-watering barbecued specialties are prepared. At Peshawri, service is impeccable, and the food cooked in the clay tandoor refined and high quality. Peshawri also has an exclusive collection of wines that can be paired with any meal.
Esphahan is one of the two outstanding restaurants located in the luxurious Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel. It is the more romantic option, specializing in traditional Indian cuisine and offering memorable candle-lit dinners and live traditional music. Visitors can enjoy the santoor players and the exquisite cuisine, including north Indian tandoor dishes and rice with Kerala shrimp. Guests can also opt to sit outside and dine to the sound of water fountains and soft music while gazing at the stars and the beautiful Taj Mahal. As Esphahan is considered to be Agra’s finest traditional Indian restaurant, reserving in advance is a must.
Overlooking the stunning Taj Mahal, the Pinch of Spice outlet located on Fatehabad Road is one of the best North Indian restaurants in the city serving amazing curries and tandoori kebabs. The chicken tikka, the murg boti masala, and the paneer lababdar are some of their best dishes. Food lovers will be delighted at the menu displaying carefully chosen picks from the Punjab region and the Mughal era, all at reasonable prices. At this spacious three-floor fine dining restaurant, not only is the cuisine is mouth-watering, but the ambiance is soothing and the service excellent.
For the foodies and parantha lovers, there is no need to look any further. Ram Babu Parathe Wale is the place to head to for the best parantha full of pure desi ghee, thick, non-sticky and crispy to the core. Located on the Agra-Mathura highway, Ram Babu Parathe Wale serves the biggest portions of parantha to be found in the area. The varieties of parantha are also endless and are served with side dishes. Aloo, paneer and matar parantha come in highly recommended, with the succulent aloo ki sabzi and kadi as sides.
Adjacent to Tulsi theatre in Hazratganj lies Open Air, a simple but highly praised food joint. The boneless chicken masala there is one of the most succulent in the region. There is an open air ‘barbecue’ area where guests can look at most of the food being prepared. The boti kebab and mutton options are worth trying. Open Air restaurant is definitely a must visit when wandering in the area.
Kulfi is the most popular frozen dessert in the region. It is often referred to as ‘traditional Indian Subcontinent ice cream’. A little creamier and denser than its counterpart, it comes in a variety of flavors including rose, cream, mango, saffron, pistachio, and cardamom. Prakash Kulfi in Aminabad has a long history and a great reputation for making the best kulfi in Lucknow.