Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK and food is one of the things that makes it so exciting and unique. It is home to a lot of Asian population and that’s why there are many amazing Indian restaurants here. No matter what kind of Indian food one is looking for, Birmingham has it all, from spicy street food to modern Indian food. There are so many good places to eat, that sometimes it becomes hard to choose which one to go to. I have explored a lot of restaurants over the years and here are 10 must visit Indian restaurants in Birmingham.
I have mentioned Dishoom in my London restaurants blog as well, so one can easily tell how much I love this place. It is a cozy restaurant inspired by the Irani Mumbai cafes. The turquoise and brown tones in the decor blend together nicely. The food here is fresh, high quality and tastes great. The incredible and rich flavours leaves one wanting for more. The nice ambience and amazing food, makes it’s a perfect place for a fun family dinner or an intimate date night.
Where – Dishoom Birmingham, One Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3AX
Itihaas is a fine dining restaurant known to add their contemporary touch to traditional recipes. Their exquisite decor is so mesmerizing and takes one back to the 18th & 19th centuries. The menu mostly has North Indian dishes, but there are also some interesting options from other parts of the world. The food here is impeccable and there is a kind of uniqueness to it. I am a fan of their Indian Thali, chaat and lassi.
Where – 18 Fleet Street, Birmingham B3 1JL
Opheem is a Michelin-starred restaurant that focuses on modern and progressive Indian cooking. Just by looking at the decor of the restaurant, one can tell it is thoughtfully put together. The twinkly gold lights compliment the grey tones perfectly and gives it a warm feel. The food is well presented and there is a lot of variety in tastes and textures. For someone who is not a big fan of the typical Indian food and likes it with a twist, this a place to be.
Where – 65 Summer Row, Birmingham B3 1JJ
Indico specialises in Indian Street food and serves it with their own touch. Their menu is carefully selected to showcase the best and most loved dishes from the streets of North India. The decor of the restaurant is quirky with paintings & pictures on the walls and reminiscent of Indian cinema. The food is traditional & authentic and they have everything from spicy chaats to rich curries. Overall it is a great place to get that true Indian dining experience.
Where – 113-115 Wharfside Street, Level 3, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF
5. The Indian Brewery
The Indian Brewery is an ideal place for someone who loves Indian street food and craft beer. The place has a casual yet energising vibe to it and the colourful bollywood posters on the walls give it a retro look. The food is fantastic and their homemade beer is like a cherry on the cake. There are good vegetarian and vegan options and the portion size is also adequate. It is a great place to chill with friends or a relaxing drink after work.
Where – Arch 15-16 Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1EU
Mowgli is a restaurant by Nisha Katona and they have many branches. The idea behind Mowgli is to serve simple Indian dishes that people usually eat in their homes and streets. The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy & the ropes decor looks spectacular.Their food is healthy, light, full of fresh flavours and is served in tiffin boxes. The quantity of the food is small, so one might have to order a variety of dishes, but the prices are reasonable.
Where – Unit 30, Grand Central, Stephenson Place, Birmingham B2 4BF
Tamatanga is a restaurant that focuses on serving fresh, homely Indian food prepared with local ingredients. They grind their own spices and the food is prepared by trained chefs in a clay oven. The decor is fun & lively with bright tones of orange, red & turquoise, wooden furniture and mirrors on the walls. Their menu is huge with good options in thalis as well as small bites .The food is just as vibrant as the decor, it’s like a burst of flavours in the mouth.
Where – Orion Building, Navigation Street, Birmingham B5 4AX
Lasan is one of the most popular fine dining Indian restaurants in Birmingham and is the winner of Gordon Ramsay’s F word. The decor is exquisite with the right balance of modern and traditional. Everything from the furniture to the cutlery is carefully selected to match the fancy vibe. All dishes are excellent and of high-quality and the presentation is beautiful. With scrumptious food & stylish decor, Lasan is a must-visit place for Indian food lovers.
Where – 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1SD
Zindiya serves food inspired by the street food from different cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The idea is that they want people to enjoy food just as they do in the markets or streets of these cities. The bright, quirky and trendy decor does justice to the it’s theme and it feels like having food in a local market back in India. They specialise in small plates and high chai. The food is flavourful and immediately takes one back to the streets of India.
Where – 21 Woodbridge Rd, Birmingham B13 8EJ
Pushkar is a multi award winning fine dining restaurant that serves modern Indian food. With tasteful decor and chic ambience, it is a luxurious place perfect for that one of a kind dining experience. The quality of food is impeccable & high-end. The dishes are not like the normal Indian dishes, everything has a nice, modern twist to it. Everything about this place is amazing and if someone is looking for unique Indian food, Pushkar won’t disappoint.
Where – 245 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ
So, these are 10 must visit restaurants in Birmingham. Next time you are in Birmingham, do check them out.