I’ve been living in England for many years now, and I am always on the lookout for good Indian restaurants. This is because what I miss most about India is the wide array of delicious foods you can find in every nook and corner there. If you, too, are searching for a restaurant that, one, serves Indian cuisine and two, does a brilliant job of it, do visit the Indico Street Kitchen in Solihull.
I’ve eaten here many times and can’t seem to stop myself from coming back again and again. The preparations are lovely, the ambience fantastic, and this is all that is required to keep me hooked!
The first thing you notice when you enter Indico Street Kitchen is it’s vibrant décor and Bollywood music. The walls are lined with traditional artwork and India movie motifs which make for a quirky, fascinating ambience. Each table and seating area is unique and on less crowded days, you can pick and choose the corner that makes for the best pictures and selfies.
I personally love the colourful umbrellas hanging from the ceiling – they add to the eclectic charm of the décor.
One section has café-style seats as well, in case you prefer to be in more familiar surroundings though. For me, the combination of bright colours, Indian pop songs, and an extremely welcoming staff is very nostalgic. I’m instantly reminded of my home in India, and this fond reminiscence that Indico invokes is truly special.
As far as the food goes, you can expect it to be an aromatic, flavourful, and decadent as preparations from the streets of India are. The menu comprises of various kinds of street foods, tandoor items, and of course, rich curries. As someone who has eaten and enjoyed such food on an almost daily basis for most of my life, it takes just one bite to determine if a dish does justice to the Indian tag.
And Indico is one of the few places where no dish has disappointed me yet! On my last visit, I had a long three-course meal and it was just about perfect. I ordered a Mango Martini with Popadom and Chutney to munch on. For starters, we had Gol Gappa Bombs and Punjabi Samosa Chaat – both dishes were innovative re-workings of traditional Indian snack foods. For the main course, we picked Indian party specials – Dal Makhani and Paneer Makhanwala – with hot, crispy tandoori rotis. The curries were deliciously rich and the crunch from the roti, the perfect combination.
The meal concluded with two popular Indian desserts – Gulab Jamun and Ras Malai – they were every bit as delectable as I wished them to be.
All in all, to me, eating at Indico Street Kitchen is always a pleasant experience. They have different themes they follow on some days and my favourite is the Curry Night hosted on all Mondays. Here you get a free drink or 2+1 on cocktails with every curry. Often there are other promotions going on instead which make the dining experience a little bit less heavy on the pocket.
All this together makes Indico Street Kitchen one of the top places to eat Indian food in all of UK. If you haven’t been here yet, make sure to head to Indico soon; your effort will not be wasted for sure!