Indian Restaurants in West Midlands
1. Opheem Indian restaurant in Birmingham 65 Summer Row - B3
“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.
2. Lasan Indian restaurant in Birmingham 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street - B3
This “upmarket Indian in the Jewellery quarter” has pioneered a fine-dining approach as an alternative to the classic UK curry house for almost two decades. Ratings continue to impress under founder Jabbar Khan following the 2018 departure of high-profile chef-director Aktar Islam (see Opheem).
3. Bilash Indian restaurant in Wolverhampton 2 Cheapside - WV1
Sitab Khan’s local fixture is “not your usual Indian”, but rather a “Premiership-class” performer, turning out “always fabulous” dishes in a “swish luxurious” setting (the latter courtesy of a megabucks refurb to celebrate its recent, 35th anniversary).
4. Asha’s Indian Bar and Restaurant Indian restaurant in Birmingham 12-22 Newhall St - B3
This city-centre venue with a focus on delicious kebabs and other dishes from the subcontinent’s Northwest Frontier is part of an international empire set up by Asha Bhosle, the prolific Bollywood singer, which also has branches in Manchester and Solihull. Now 86, Bhosle is credited as the most recorded artist in music history, and insists she would have been a cook if her singing career had not taken off. Fun fact: Cornershop’s 1997 hit single Brimful of Asha was a tribute to Bhosle.
5. Jyoti's Vegetarian Indian restaurant in Birmingham 1045 Stratford Road - B28
For “cheap and reliably high-standard South Indian cuisine”, there’s no beating this modestly styled Hall Green veggie.
10. Not Really Indian (NRI) Indian restaurant in Birmingham TBC - B1
More than a year on, still no news about when chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar's first UK restaurant under the Not Really Indian (NRI) brand will open. (When it does, it will be serving cuisine developed by Indian cooks living abroad.) Kochhar pulled out of taking up space in Birmingham’s Mailbox development in 2018, but is apparently looking elsewhere; NRI was launched in Mumbai in 2016.
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