It was only a few months ago that Chef Naidu had delighted us with tantalizing flavours of Telangana at Kangan and now to experience the rich culture of Lucknow brought in by Chef Danish, the new Chef De Cuisine at the restaurant, was an offer we couldn’t refuse. And we’re so glad that we didn’t, because the tantalizing spread brought in by Chef Danish is simply marvellous and we’d love to share our experience with you.
The Experience At Kangan
We were welcomed at Kangan with a glass of merlot, a hand wash with gulabjal and were promptly served with crispy, roasted papad with pickled onions, peanut chutney and pudina chutney to nibble on. Chef Danish made sure that we tried many of the lovely dishes he has brought to Kangan’s menu, changing 95 percent of it. So we started off with a Zaffrani Murgh Shorba which was a light chicken broth and delightful to eat.
As we let ourselves sink into the comfortable ambience, took in the views of the highway and hummed along the instrumental Bollywood numbers playing at Kangan, we were brought our appetizers – Galawati Kebab, Murgh Jahangiri Raan and Lobster Lehsooni. The kebab held true to its name and simply melted in the mouth. The raan was a well-cooked tandoori chicken and one of the finest in the city. The lobster was beautifully cooked and was crunchy, spicy and delicious all at once!
For the vegetarian appetizers we tried Firdausi Bharwan Aloo and Doodhiya Awadhi Kebab. We loved the spicy prunes and nuts in the kebab and the paneer itself was flavourful, crispy and delicious. The potato had a crispy layer and was soft and mellow on the inside. The cottage cheese filling in the potato and the mango dip served along both the appetizers was really good.
The mains were a feast as we tried the Murgh Begmati, Badami Aloo, Dal Kangan, Mutton Biryani with Mirchi ka Saalan, Burhani Raita and an assortment of Naan. Murgh Begmati was top notch as the flavours in the dish were on point. The Badami Aloo as the name suggests had an almond gravy and were stuffed with dry fruits. We thoroughly enjoyed these dishes with the Naan and the Burhani Raita. The Dal Kangan was slow cooked adding a certain aroma and making it flavourful. The Mutton Biryani won our hearts as we were craving a good one for a long time and we finally found it. The Mirchi Ka Saalan worked its magic too and made for a splendid combo with the biryani.
The dessert however, was the one that bagged the top place as it was a creamy, Motichoor Ice-cream. Though we had a lot to eat, we didn’t need any help to mop clean the dessert bowl and we recommend that you give it a try too!
The whole experience at Kangan refreshes you be it the food or the music or the bangles made by a dedicated bangle maker. You can even watch the chefs in action as they cook over the tandoor and can be seen through a transparent wall. To escape the routine, relish delectable North Indian Food and have a quaint time, do visit Kangan!