Best Curry Houses in Birmingham
Aside from being the home of the Balti, Birmingham is also the unofficial curry capital of the UK, and therefore unsurprisingly has some of best Indian restaurants on our shores. Well, with something apparently called ‘Hot and Spicy Food International Day’ being celebrated last week, we thought we’d give you a rundown of some of the best of them!
Location: 980 Warwick Road, B27 6QG.
When we think of a curry house, we think relaxed atmospheres, fast and friendly service, and enough spice to knock out a horse. Naturally Birmingham has an abundance of such establishments and we think one of the best traditional curry houses in Brum is Punjabi Rasoi. The setting doesn’t fill you with the greatest hope of something extraordinary with the venue being a converted residential building, but the flavours and spices at Rasoi can’t be beaten, and the locals love it so.
Location: 18 Fleet Street, B3 1JL.
Itihaas is very a part of the new wave of British Indian cuisine coming out of Birmingham. While there’s no mention of the word ‘curry’ throughout its menu, Itihaas still offers traditional dishes and authentic techniques. Most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious. And the décor is worth a mention too with antiques and furniture true to colonial India.
Location: 245 Broad Street, B1 2HQ.
If you’re on the lookout for something a little less rustic with a bit more of the ‘wow’ factor, then look no further than Pushkar. From the minute you walk in and see the bar you know you’re in for something special. The mixology in Pushkar is like nothing you’ll see in virtually any other Indian restaurant with a wide of original cocktails most specialist bars would be proud of. Bringing style and substance, the Punjabi and North Indian food is immaculately presented and also suitably delicious. One tip; make sure you’ve got room for a chocolate-filled samosa for dessert!
Location: 12-22 Newhall Street, B3 3LX.
If you want the best of all the worlds and a bit of wow with your Vindaloo, we’d recommend Asha’s. The surroundings do scream of luxury, yes, but the food is homely even if it can be a little dainty at times. Perfect for those Joes who work in the Colmore Business District.
Location: 3-4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, St Paul’s Square, B3 1SD.
If you’re familiar with your curry houses around Birmingham, you’re probably already acquainted with the delights of Lasan. The place has established itself as one of Brum’s finest refined Indian restaurants – partly thanks to its great location by St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter, but mainly thanks to its locally-sourced high quality dishes. The food is sophisticated, and if you need proof of its quality, Gordon Ramsay has said it’s his favourite curry in Birmingham!
Location: 1355 Stratford Road, Hall Green, B28 9HW.
Opened by the same folks behind Lasan, Raja Monkey couldn’t be more different than its finessed cousin. Swapping fine dining for casual street food-style grub, Raja Monkey is hip and reasonably priced, but the food is just as tasty. Aiming to bring you ‘closer to the real India’, Raja serves up typical street meals like Fish Amritsari and the gorgeous Galouti Kebab.
Location: 109 Icknield Street, B18 6RZ.
The final curry house on our list is the brilliant Viceroy Tandoori. Found in the historic Jewellery Quarter, Viceroy is a contemporary restaurant serving updated classic Indian and Bangladeshi dishes in new and innovative ways. While there’s a lot of good curries to be had in Birmingham, we think Viceroy Tandoor is the jewel in the Jewellery Quarter’s crown.