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Lahore & Lucknow bites

Only Alibaba Gold, a 50-seater restaurant located opposite Quest mall, opened doors on Saturday. This new stop moves Lahore and Lucknow closer on the map by serving both cuisines. “There are many Mughlai and Awadhi restaurants in Calcutta, but hardly any food from these two regions,” explained chef Debasish Kundu, who made trips to Lucknow and Pakistan to research the menu.

More than 25 kinds of kebabs, 10 types of rotis and myriad flavours of dips are served up. “We have Galouti and Kakori kebabs from Lucknow and Pakistan’s famous Keema Paratha on the menu,” said chef Kundu.

A good place to start would be the Zafrani Tangri Kebab, the chicken drumsticks that get a punch of flavour from overnight marination in saffron water. The Calcuttiya Biryani is a treat for all biryani lovers, and is “slightly healthier” with less oil used in the recipe. The Shirmal Paratha, cooked in ghee and milk, is as flavourful as they come. End your meal with a Firni Mousse.

The decor is just as rich as the food, with paintings on Mughal motifs adorning the wall. Drop in for a dekko and stay on for the food.

Arunima Banerjee

Pictures: B. Halder