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Great biryani @ ONLY Rs 35 a plate
We continue our reader-driven series on great restaurants and eating places across the country.
Diwaker Kumar and Ashish Pande recommend Rakesh Ki Biryani in Kanpur for delightful chicken biryani.
Anytime you happen to be in Kanpur, don't miss a chance to visit Rakesh Ki Biryani at Navin Market.
A small standing-only place near the Parade Chauraha, the aroma of mouthwatering Chicken Biryani will wipe out all thoughts of chicken flu from your mind. After you dig into the food, you may even end up walking away with a parcel for the evening.
I say a parcel for dinner because this place shuts at 3 pm. So drop in between 11.30 am and 3 pm. And, it is closed on Tuesdays.
Rakesh and his brothers start their preparations at around 11.30 am.
The biryani is served with a little gravy from the Chicken Curry. This unique preparation is a far cry from the typical Mughlai preparation. They also serve Fried Chicken.
If mutton is what you want, then you have Shammi Kebabs and Mutton Tikkas. You can have it just as it is or sandwiched between a bun.
The kebabs and tikkas come for Rs 20 a plate (four pieces) with or without the bun.
The Fried Chicken is for Rs 25 a leg/ breast piece and Rs 50 for half a chicken.
As for the biryani, a small plate or Choti Biryani as they call it, is for Rs 25 and Badi Biryani is for Rs 35.
An apology to vegetarians. This place does not cater to them.
Though there are a couple of similar joints nearby, but Rakesh Ki Biryani is the best. Nishant Bhai's biryani was also very popular at one time. But, as the popularity grew, the quality went down.
Want to round up your lunch with some dessert? Not too far away, on the other end of Navin Market, is the famous Thaggoo Ke Laddoo. Try the Khoya Laddoo or the Badaam Kulfi there.
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