When you think about Awadh, the land of the Nawabs, the word that immediately comes to mind is, luxury. From what I’ve read and heard about them, the Nawabs of Awadh led an absolutely hedonistic lifestyle. Whether you talk about the 365 wives of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, one for each day, or about the 365 varieties of biryani served in his royal kitchens, also, one for each day, the picture it creates is of a life full of pomp and splendour. Man, those Nawabs really knew how to party!
That opulence is now a thing of the past. But, their legacy has been carried on in their cuisine. Awadhi food is lip-smackingly sinful, and Bangalore is really lucky to have a restaurant called Feast India Co., that serves authentic Awadhi food.
This restaurant is another gem hidden in the bylanes of Cunningham Road, set in a lovely colonial bungalow.
I’ve been there a few times, now, and the quality of food and service has been consistent. The owner, Ashish Kabadi, is very hands-on, and gives personal attention to every guest. His passion for serving authentic and delicious Awadhi food is evident in the way he talks.
The decor has a very warm, Nawabi feel, with antique furnishings.
I have tried a variety of dishes, both vegetarian and non vegetarian.
I must say that since Awadhi cuisine is meat-heavy, vegetarians, please be prepared to be jealous of your meat-eating friends, because they’re in for a total feast!
I’ve curated a list of dishes that you simply have to order, at Feast India Co.
Vegetarians can enjoy Hara Tawa Kebab and Paneer Ajwaini Tikka. Both are yummy and melt-in-the-mouth.
Meat lovers can rejoice in the scrumptious kebabs. I don’t enjoy eating meat. But, I just can’t get enough of their Galawat Ke Kebab. My hubby prefers the Seekh Phool Lamb Kebab, marinated with rose petals. The mint chutney that comes with this, is soooo yumm!.
We usually just order a biryani, because their starters are so filling. The Subz Biryani is delicious, but it’s not a patch on the Dum Ki Gosht Biryani, which is packed so full of the flavours of authentic Awadhi cuisine, that it’ll keep you coming back for more.
Now, we come to my favourite part of any meal! Feast India Co. makes a mean Phirni and Shahi Tukda. But, their Paan Ki Kulfi is hands down, the best kulfi I’ve ever eaten, served with a dollop of really lush Gulkand.
Eat and repeat?
Oh yes! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of eating at Feast India Co. If you’re looking for authentic Awadhi food in a Nawabi ambience, this is the place to go.
PC: Ashish Kabadi
By Kimaya Kolhe
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