There are the usual kebab places and then there is The Kebab Place. The one which you may not visit too often in hope that whenever you do, you can really savour the meal. Lucknowi Legacy comes across as such a place. Hailing from the city that gave name to the cuisine, I have found it really hard to come across places which serve near authentic food in Mumbai. There are places with similar names claiming to serve the same cuisine, but I have always found them wanting in terms of the taste and style of cooking Awadhi food.
My visit to this place was another attempt towards finding the food of nawabs, and I came very close; the closest yet in Mumbai. Right out of the bat, I would like to say that I did not attempt the Chinese fare; didnt seem logical in my first visit. So my views are solely based on the experience with the Lucknowi fare.
I was sceptical whether we (a group of 3: 1 V, 2 NV) would be admitted into the restaurant as it was already 1530 hours. But contrary to expectations, we were welcomed and shown to our table. The menu offered everything from popular fare to delicacies. On the vegetarian side, we ordered the Hara Bhara kebab while on the Non-vegetarian side; we went for the Sultani Kebab (recommended). These took around 15-20 minutes to arrive, but the aroma and taste guaranteed freshness, which made up for the wait.
For the main course, we ordered the Adraki Chicken, which was not amazing (not a fan of ginger, but my companion was) but had good portions. We also ordered the Roti ki Tokri) which went beyond all expectations and all tokris that I have ordered in the past from various other eateries. The rotis and naans and parathas were fresh and true to what they were supposed to be (soft naans, layered lachcha parathas et al). If you are a hungry group of 3-4 people, the tokri is recommended.
The tokri ensured that we had no place for dessert, but I am sure this is not my last visit. All I hope for is that they maintain this quality, and if they do, they are a sure-fire hit.
A special mention for the service staff: very efficient and extremely well mannered.