On 09 Feb 2014, had dinner at Khaan Saab . Ordered Chicken Shorba to start with . One may order only one shorba to be shared by two people. Tandoori Chicken Tikka was nicely roasted without blackening it. It was spiced mildly, tender to eat and was delicious. In the main course we tried Kandhaar Chicken. Boneless chicken with medium thick gravy was aromatic and tasted good. Khaan Saab is maintaining its quality of food. However the serving staff is yet to be trained properly by the management. Visiting Khaan Saab is a good option for food.
Luckily got to spot and visit Lucknow food festival running in Khaan Saab, named as Jashn e Awadh.
One good attribute of the festival is the unique and elaborate al a carte menu which they have come up with. Varieties are many to keep you engrossed in reading the menu for some time. Considering Lucknow is more known for non-veg delicacies but festival does offer few vegetarian options as well. The kababs, the shorbas, biryanis are all there.
I started my dinner meal by ordering Motiya Jeera Paani which is actually Jal Jeera, though nothing great about it, but the extra topping of boondi made it crunchy and nice appetizer to start with. Probably I should have gone for the thandai option, that would have given better value for money.
I followed up with Tunde Kabab, for the uninitiated let me tell you that Tunde Kabab is not a dish name, but a kabab which has been made famous by its cook. Tunda in Hindi refer to person who has lost an arm, when Lucknows royal family member asked their cook to prepare a kabab for which he doesnt have to user his teeth, the cook (tunde) came up with the kabab made out out of minced meat and around 160 spices. This gave birth to Tunde Kabab and now known as brand for this variety of kabab. Not very sure what is the update on the patent of this particular variety of Kabab, but restaurants and eateries present this as a dish variety only, which ideally should not be.
Lets get back to the review, though the variety served by the restaurant was not the exact version of the kababs which you get at Tundes shop in lucknow, but still it is quite close. Hence you will not be disappointed.
Next one which I had was Awadhi Murgh Biryani which is chicken biryani, this rather left me disappointed, as the rice and preparation was not quite near to Briyani which you get in many local outlets in lucknow.
To get over my disappointment over Biryani, I ordered a sweet, something which I had never tried before, litchi rabri. Though the flavor of litchi (fruit) was missing, but rabri (dish made with condensed milk) itself was quite good, with right amount of sweetness.
If you come to have Lucknowi cuisine you need to end it with some Pan (betel leaves). The magadhi paan which I ordered was not very great, but still tolerable. Though the food part didnt made me overjoyed but the live Gazal which is part of the festival can fill up the gap.
To end, I have to give a restrained reference of my fidgety table and a broken earthen vessel which served curd.