survey result

Summary

£73
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Just wow!” – Aktar Islam’s city-centre HQ reliably “lives up to expectations… and more!”; and remains Brum’s most commented on and highest-rated destination in our annual diners’ poll. “His unique twist on his family’s ancestral dishes with superb matching wine flight provided by sommelier Stefan” (Liperowski) “magnificently takes Indian food to the highest possible level”“flavours are off the scale” – and “the range and variety of each distinctly different meal is glorious”.

Summary

£73
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The tasting menu is an exciting journey” at Aktar Islam’s increasingly famous dining room a little out of the city centre, which is “going from strength to strength” as Brum’s most commented-on destination; one of the top-10 most mentioned outside London in our annual diners’ poll; and with some claim on being “the best Indian restaurant outside of London”. The “elegantly presented” cuisine is rooted in the subcontinent, but might equally be described as “European with Indian flavours and spices”. However you define the kitchen, it provides “a great experience with subtle spicing and some unique touches and flavours” complemented by “outstanding wine matches”. The main dining room is a dim-lit, modern and stylish space and among improvements in recent times “the new lounge in particular is a fabulous addition”.

Summary

£73
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Continuing to excite since it first opened in 2018: we always leave feeling wonderfully fulfilled!” – Aktar Islam’s “sensational” fine-dining Indian a little way out of the city-centre “is another step up from his former restaurant Lasan” and it is nowadays Brum’s most-commented on restaurant. The cuisine is “arguably more modern-European-with-Indian-influences rather than pure ‘Indian’ but perfectly spiced and spectacular!”. Islam did his brand no harm at all with his “superb Aktar At Home service”, which also inspires many adulatory reviews.

Summary

£55
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Aktar Islam (ex-Lasan) is doing a fabulous job in his new venue” – a “super-stylishy”, 70-cover venture that’s immediately hailed as “Birmingham’s best Indian”, with “dedicated” staff delivering an “equisite” and “exciting” modern twist on Indian cuisine. “It’s is a little off the beaten track from the city-centre but well worth seeking out”. In October 2019, Michelin – unusually for a regional Indian – awarded it a star.

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65 Summer Row, Birmingham, B3 1JJ

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Opheem Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Opheem Restaurant in B3, Birmingham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Opheem restaurant.
Darren F
Everything I could ever want from a restaur...
Reviewed 2 months, 4 days ago

"Everything I could ever want from a restaurant meal. Food flawless. Service also. Chefs bring the food to the table which is a nice touch"

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John G
Opheem delivers ambitiious and interesting ...
Reviewed 2 months, 10 days ago

"Opheem delivers ambitiious and interesting Indian food - but not all the combinations work. The best a beautiful sirloin with delicately spiced slow cooked beef. Less good a crab amuse bouche which was too moist and lacked punch, similarly rice in a broth lacked focus and was to be honest dull. Bread with Indian spiced butter was a first and fun. Several of the dishes had too many components. Sometimes restraint pays off"

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What the Newspaper Critics are saying

The Sunday Times

With Charlotte Ivers away, the doctor-turned-comedian and writer Adam Kay dropped in to her slot on the Sunday Times as a locum, heading to Birmingham to sample the tasting menu at Aktar Islam’s Opheem, which he declared “sensational”.

Each course was “clever, characterful, delicately spiced and sure, showy. Islam can choose every dish I eat for the next four months”.

The only minor minus point was “a vague ‘business-class lounge at a European airport’ vibe” that resulted from the “quintuple glazing” required to block out the sound of the passing traffic.

Adam Kay - 2024-04-14

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £45.00 £55.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1   Always available  
Menu2   Always available  
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
65 Summer Row, Birmingham, B3 1JJ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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