Indian Restaurants in Birmingham
1. Peel's British, Modern restaurant in Hampton-in-Arden Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane - B92
This Victorian manor house (with 15 bedrooms) is one of the grand dames of the Midlands hospitality scene, although – under proprietors the Hills, who have owned it since 1986 – it is in the middle of repositioning itself not just as a hotel, but as a provider of ‘immersive staycation experiences’ as ‘a spiritual home for the food lover’. There’s a new sibling to Peel’s (see Smoke), a new trendy bakery in the grounds, and new suites opening in 2022. Peel’s itself occupies a wood panelled chamber and is still the main culinary event, where chef Darren Meacham produces a six-course tasting menu, matched with (sometimes funky natural) wine pairings. On all reports, “celebrating a special occasion at Peel’s is itself a truly special experience”.
2. Dishoom Indian restaurant in Birmingham Paradise, One Chamberlain Square - B3
“New to Brum, home of the Balti, but proving very popular” – this all-conquering retro-Bombay group opened in a prime central position near the town hall and art gallery in 2020, to their accustomed acclaim. The Birmingham branch pays tribute to Mumbai’s Swadeshi market, and the two cities’ shared legacies of ‘1,000 trades’. Top Tip: “loved their butter paneer and chicken Ruby Murray”.
3. Asha’s Indian Bar and Restaurant Indian restaurant in Birmingham 12-22 Newhall St - B3
There’s a “great buzz” at this outpost of Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle’s empire – yes, she's the same Asha namechecked in the 1997 Cornershop single, and amazingly the most recorded artist in music history – with “lovely cocktails” serving as a foil to the “rich” North-West Indian cuisine.
4. Opheem Indian restaurant in Birmingham 65 Summer Row - B3
“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.
5. Not Really Indian (NRI) Indian restaurant in Birmingham TBC - B1
2018 Review: Chef and restaurateur Atul Kochhar opened his first UK restaurant under the Not Real Indian (NRI) brand in autumn 2017. The new 180-cover venture in Birmingham’s Mailbox development serves Sri Lankan, Malaysian, and British-Indian inspired dishes. NRI’s first site launched in Mumbai in 2016.
6. Lasan Indian restaurant in Birmingham 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street - B3
With its “beautiful food” and “great location” in the Jewellery Quarter, this pioneering venture has championed South Asian cuisine of the highest gastronomic ambition as an antidote to generic UK curry house fodder for two decades. Its ratings have slipped only fractionally since the departure three years ago of charismatic chef-director Aktar Islam (see Opheem), and founder Jabbar Khan remains dedicated to the original vision.
7. Al Frash Indian restaurant in Birmingham 186 Ladypool Rd - B12
2018 Review: “Best balti and naan in Brum” is still the view fans express of this Balti Triangle veteran, although it attracted very limited feedback this year. BYO.
8. Jyoti's Vegetarian Indian restaurant in Birmingham 1045 Stratford Road - B28
With its “good home-style Indian vegetarian cuisine”, the Joshi family’s canteen and sweet centre has developed into a Hall Green institution over almost five decades. Specialising in Gujarati and south Indian cooking, it lists no fewer than 72 main dishes… none of them is priced at over £5.95.
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