Lahori Gate, a restaurant in New Delhi serving traditional Lucknowi, Mughlai, North Indian, Punjabi food, with its fantastic photographic display makes one sentimental. The elegantly displayed frames on the walls create the perfect atmosphere for an extravagant meal.
The restaurant is spread over three floors with an outdoor seating area on the 3d floor. All the three floors have been tastefully decorated and the riot of colours blowout from the picture frames to the seating arrangements to the paintings on the wall to the cutlery. Food served in traditional brown (brass-wares) metal containers add flavours to the fragrant food prepared from authentic recipes and served in present-day elegance with low oil and spice content.
We were welcomed by the owner Ms Gazala Akbar herself and she told us in detail about her ideas and sentiments behind the restaurant. As it was getting late, she sensed that we were waiting for the food to be served – so she instructed her staff and we relished the first mock-tail – the Lahori Gate cooler, a mix of guava and orange juice and also the Mukti mock tail. Both had a desi touch added to them and were really soothing.
We, the vegetarians had a wide choice of starters served. It started with Malai Paneer Tikka and Lahori Paneer Tikka, one was mildly spiced and the other a little strong on the spicy fronts. Both complimented each other perfectly, and then followed Hara Bhara Kabab anad Dahi Kababs. Hara Bhara Kabab was excellent, it was crisp, light and crunchy and lived up to their name. But I wasn’t really happy with the flavours and taste of Dahi Kababas. The largish diced onions took away from the kebab’s overall texture.
The staff in the meanwhile was busy in arranging the buffet spread for lunch. And as per the menu the vegetarian platter was supposed to have Lahori Dal, Soya Nihari, Aloo Jeera, and the traditional Dal Makhani supported with a Garlic flavoured spicy Raita. It was a heavenly sight when all these were presented with the fragrant vegetarian Biryani. And the taste didn’t lag behind.
I normally don’t like soya – but the blandness of Soya in the Soya Nihari was fused well with the oily gravy and it really made it a great dish. Other dishes tasted as if coming straight out of my grandma’s kitchen and the veggie biryani made me whisper in pleasure and pure happiness. It was one of the best biryanis one can get in Delhi. Slightly sweet with pineapple pieces, salty and fragrant with other veggies and kesar, it tasted just the way a great biryani should taste.
The salad plate was very artistically presented and we were served four varieties of rotis to go with the veggies. I would like to mention the Khamiri roti here – it was amazing, it was soft, fluffy and well done.
I normally like my meals to end with good and lots of desserts. We were served the Phirni – very tasty and refreshing, but that was the only dessert. I wanted more of it or the other desserts that Lahori Gate normally offers on their regular menu, but lack of time forced me to move on and say bye bye to Ms Gazhalla.
It surely was a great lunch that we had here and I certainly would recommend the restaurant to my friends, relatives, social media contacts and my great audience to go out and try the traditional Mughlai delicacies at Lahori Gate.
Décor : 4.5/5 Hospitality : 4/5 Food : 4.5/5 Location : 5/5
Address: 97, Meherchand Market, Lodi Colony. New Delhi
Note: Images of the dishes are of actual serving sizes. Review done on invitation from the establishment and views expressed are entirely ours and without any bias. No monetary favour was received.