There's no question about it. Lucky's biryani is one of the best in town. It has just the right amount of masala, the longest grains of basmati rice and the softest meat. On a recent visit with my parents to try the new Lucky opened at Goregaon East (between the highway and the east-west flyover), we learnt two things:
1. Lucky's biryani maintains the same quality at every branch
2. The Lucky at Oshiwara next to Mega Mall is not a branch of the Bandra Lucky. It used to be, but there was some Mukesh-Anil Ambani style drama between the brothers that makes Oshiwara Lucky a different management, while keeping the original brand name!
We weren't that hungry, and just ordered for a Chicken Kali Mirch starter and a Mutton Biryani, with bone please! Half the taste is in the bone! The pepper in the chicken starter was freshly grounded, and my love for freshly grounded pepper is not a secret. It was beautifully flavored and each bite was like eating a piece of chicken and then biting off a piece of pepper at the same time! Yummm.
Lucky historically serves Mughlai and Chinese dishes. I have never really tried the Chinese food at any Lucky, but going by the number of people who do, it must be above average at least. The Chicken Lollypop at another table was looking quite delicious (my mouth is watering as I write)!
Let's not mince words. Lucky has never known to have a flair for service. Their definition of service is getting your food, putting it on your plate and then clearing it off. Nothing before or after that. We had to beg for attention even for a glass of water, not one waiter smiled at us (even when we were being friendly) and nobody even opened/closed the door for us. They get two points, though, for doing their definition of service properly at least!
The Bandra lucky doesn't have too much of an ambience, but the Goregaon one has corrected that a bit with a nice local restaurant feel. You know, the kind of ambience that restaurants that are in the middle of your local residential complex have!
For a meal of one starter and two mutton biryanis that was good enough for me, mom and dad, we had to shell out just Rs. 600 odd. Worth it? Of course!
And in conclusion...
I suggest that you try the food at Lucky, Bandra, during Ramzan time. Not only will you get good food, but you'll also enjoy the festive atmosphere. Eat on!