This restaurant is almost always heaving - it’s the Qureshi name, synonymous with royal Awadhi cuisine, that draws customers in every night of the week. Brothers Ashfaque and Irfan have inherited all their culinary skills from father Imtiaz Qureshi, one of the most respected chefs in India, especially when it comes to ‘dum pukht’ fare. Kebabs are a treat here and, surprisingly, even the vegetarian offerings are on par with meat specialities.

For mains, the lucknowi biryani, lamb nahari gosht, and jhinga (prawn) masala are all standouts....and fiery hot, so if you want things mild, it’s best to say so while ordering or you’ll be left braving mouthfuls with a pint in hand. You’ll find the best service in town here, with a friendly restaurant manager doing the rounds, happily suggesting dishes to hesitant diners. The only downside is that the setting is straight out of a confusing Bollywood set with mood lighting, stained glass windows and a band that croons ghazals all night long. While the Indian singers are some of the best we’ve heard, it can get uncomfortably loud, so just skip the polite conversation and tuck in.