Harden's survey result
“Not your typical curry house: this is fine dining Indian food!” – Jabbar Khan’s contemporary Indian in the Jewellery Quarter may have lost its charismatic frontman Aktar Islam (see Opheem), but, boosted by its 2017 revamp, continues to win impressive ratings across the board.
“A distinct cut above the normal Brummie Indian” – Jabbar Khan’s “upmarket” Jewellery Quarter destination is the survey’s most-commented-on curry house in town, delivering “a twist on the usual fare” with “challenging” and “really different” flavours. Just before we went to press in autumn 2017 there was big upheaval here: first the restaurant closed for a major overhaul and nothing short of a ‘rebirth’ was promised with a new interior and menu to match; then it was announced that the business’s ‘front man’ Aktar Islam was to leave.
“Down a dodgy-looking side street” in the Jewellery Quarter, this “upmarket Indian may not be a romantic venue, but it’s of a quality found only rarely in the UK”. “Unsung hero of Asian cuisine, Aktar Islam, cooks sincere and brilliant combinations that are superbly matched with the wine flight: it’s a great culinary experience!”
“Deserving much more recognition!” – this modern Jewellery Quarter venture (Brum’s best-rated Indian of any ambition) “delivers way ahead of expectations”, with its “tremendous”, “tingly-fresh” cooking, and “beautiful presentation”. Opinions divide on the “white-walled interior with Indian sculptures” – what’s an “unpromising space” to sceptics is to most reporters “very inviting”.
3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, Birmingham, B3 1SD
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LUNCH (MON â€“ FRI) 12PM â€“ 2.30PM, DINNER (MON â€“ SAT) 6PM â€“ 11PM, SUN 12PM â€“ 9PM
Last orders: Mon - Sat 11 pm, Sun 9 pm