Oudh 1590

After an appointment with Badshahi Angti last week and reading Lucknow travelogue on my most favourite blog, I decided to subside my Lucknow fever (only temporary) by paying a visit to the only place of Calcutta where Awadhi cuisine is available. Oudh 1590.
The restaurant is situated in the middle of a very calm and ordinary looking neighbourhood of south Calcutta. The size of the restaurant is so small you might miss to locate it unless you know the proper address. Last week when we had decided that unless or until we were tasting raan biryani, our purpose of existence was not nearly fruitful, not even close; we came to investigate the location so that next time when we were coming to eat here we did not have to waste any time wandering about in the area asking people 'Dada, Oudh 1590 ta kothaye bolte paren?'
I can remember locations like google map so it wasn't hard to find the place for us at all. The only problem was the taxi driver who refused to drive faster in spite of our repeated requests. At first, we weren't getting any taxi. The taxi drivers of Dunlop are worse than Al Qaeda people. And my crankiness is directly proportional to the emptiness of my stomach. As I was thinking of catching a return auto and having chicken curry and rice at home, my friend finally fetched a taxi.
The place was pretty crowded, which was quite expected on a Saturday afternoon. We had to enlist our name to the maitre d' and wait for a few minutes to finally get an empty table. Not only rats, but all kind of animals were playing bloody Olympics in our stomachs when we finally got to settle in our chairs. We had already gone through Zomato and zeroed on the items we would order. First blow came quite soon. No beverage except thumbs up and sprite were available. My friend was quite disappointed as he wanted to try Badam sherbet. However, we ordered the main course.

Oudh 1590 is an Awadh themed restaurant, yes it's quite obvious. The wall are covered in wooden panels with intricate detailing. Even the AC looked as if it was made of wood. Classical music of Lucknow gharana was playing in the background. Utensils were made of steel but electroplated with brass to give them a vintage Nawabi look.

First came Galawati kebab with paratha. Galawati kebab is made of minced meat. Galawati means 'melt in the mouth'. Legend says, when Nawab Asaf-ud-daulah lost his teeth in the process of aging, his chef invented this recipe so that the Nawab could enjoy meat even with no teeth. It has become the signature dish of Awadhi cuisine with time.

Our kebab and paratha vanished as soon as they arrived. Next came, Raan biryani and Nihari khaas.
I am not a great biryani lover myself, but I would suggest my reader to taste this Awadhi delicacy at least once. While eating this, it was feeling like all good things had joined together and came into my mouth.

Nihari khaas is a type of mutton curry where the bone marrow of the mutton remain intact. Have you ever sucked on the bone marrow of mutton? I know, it feels like heaven. Now multiply that good feeling with ten and you get an idea about the taste of Nihari khaas.

On dessert I wanted to order Shahi tukra. But another blow came. Nothing but Firni was available. However, it was good.

While eating I noticed for sometime that the waiter guys were bringing a large wooden box to the tables. After analyzing a little with my friend, I decided that they were bringing the card swiping machine in the box. Finally when it arrived at our table, I could see what it was. It was a big box with four compartments, each holding mouth freshners.

One selfie before leaving with a satisfied stomach and happy mind.