Our maiden visit to The Lodhi left me spell bounded by the opulence and grandeur of the hotel. There for a lunch at Elan to relish the ongoing jashn-e-awadh food festival, we were so impressed by the first looks, we decided to take a tour of the property before our feast began.
Jashn – E- Awadh is an attempt to showcase the rich Awadhi cuisine in its original form at Elan, The Lodhi, the quintessential eatery representing the diverse culinary culture of India. Master Chef Hafeez Qureshi has curated the menu with utmost care and his experience of the nawabi cuisine shows in every dish presented.
The good thing about the menu – equal importance to vegetarians and non-vegetarians. There are options aplenty for both. Our meal started with some mandatory kebabs.
From the veg. section, paneer tawa tikka is a a welcome break from all the tasteless paneer tikkas I have been having – not so thick pieces of paneer with a potato stuffing and shallow fried, this is a good one. Kathal aur anjeer ke kebab is also a nice preparation, and the occasional bite of figs just fits in. On the other side, Rajma ki Galouti and Kham Khatai didn’t make that well an impression – a little too dry for our palate. From the non-veg. section, Kakori kebab has to be the top choice, melt in the mouth, the perfect balance of spices and delicacy make it a love at first bite. The second favorite was the murgh seekh qureshi – again, melt in the mouth. Silbatte ki shammi & murgh bhuna tikka are other starters on the menu.
Chef Qureshi’s Nihari and Gosht Shahi Nalli Qorma are two delectable preparations from the main course. The latter, the showstopper, has perfectly cooked mutton, a rich textured gravy and flavors that take you the land of nawabs itself. From the vegetarian section, Gunchao Keema was a little on the bland side. Bagh-E-Subz is must try – seasonal vegetables in a creamy spinach gravy. The fact that people took multiple servings and asked for more speaks for itself.
When you are at it, do try their Awadhi gosht Biryani with burani raita, which we loved for the hint of garlic and the creaminess of the raita!
A dessert platter of Sevaiyon ka muzaffar & shahi tukda elated everyone after that meaty affair. Shahi tukda was the clear winner here and it clearly shows the expertise of the chef in the cuisine.
The Jash – E -Awadh festival is on at Elan, The Lodhi, Lodhi Road, Delhi – 3
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