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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Review | Itihaas, Birmingham

Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Believe it or not, I didn't used to like Indian food. In my early teenage years, I remember my parents ordered an Indian takeaway and the food came with a thick layer of oil on each of the dishes. From then on, Indian food was a complete no-go for me... until everything changed when I met my boyfriend nearly 4 years ago.

As my boyfriend is Indian, visiting his house and eating authentic home-made Indian food was a game-changer for me. My belief of Indian food being either greasy or oily was long gone and I became more open with trying new and different dishes other than the typical 'tikka masala' or 'korma' dish at Indian restaurants.

Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Last weekend, I was kindly invited by the Managing Director of Itihaas to review their restaurant in Birmingham. Situated on a corner at the end of Fleet Street, I was quite surprised with the location of the restaurant because it is in a quiet area where you wouldn't really think would have restaurants. Upon entering the restaurant, the interior and decor of the waiting area oozes South Asian elegance with its slate-finished walls, luxurious red leather chairs, caged chandeliers and potted green plants. We actually got to Itihaas a lot earlier than our booked time but the friendly staff seated us to our table a few minutes after arrival.

Starters

Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street


For starters, we had a Basket of Mixed Poppadoms with Minted Yoghurt, Mango Chutney and Pickled Onions to nibble on, whilst our other starters were being prepared and cooked. I went for the Shikari Champey (Spring lamb chops charred in its natural flavours, and delicately spiced and drizzled with mint yoghurt - £15.00), whilst Sat opted for the Rajasthani Murgh Tikka (Smoked cheddar, cream and tandoori spiced pieces of tender chicken cooked on skewers in the tandoor - £12.00). I've got to say, both dishes were equally amazing and were both enticingly presented. The fragrance of the lamb chops hit me as soon as the waiter placed the dish in front of me - which seriously got my salivary glands tingling. The meat was so soft and succulent too! I was really surprised because in the past when I've ordered lamb chops in other Indian Restaurants, the meat is usually quite chewy or a bit too overcooked on the grill. With the chicken, it was also full of flavour and was cooked to perfection like the lamb chops. Portion-wise, Itihaas was very generous! By the time we finished the starters, we started worrying whether we could even finish our mains, never-mind ordering desserts.

Mains

Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street


For mains, I chose Makhani Murgh (Tender pieces of chicken taken straight from the clay oven and blended into a smoke tomato sauce with generous helpings of cream and yoghurt, and a hint of dried fenugreek - £15.00). This main is basically Butter Chicken, which is my favourite Indian dish because I like the sweet and creamy base. Itihaas' version was so delicious! The chicken was soft and the sauce was so tasty! I ordered a side of Lasuni Naan (Garlic Naan - £3.00) to go alongside it and oh my god it was like a match made in heaven - hands down the best Butter Chicken I've ever had! Whilst I was busy devouring my main, Sat was busy tucking into his Goan Prawn Curry (Fresh water prawns cooked in coconut red gravy) and his side order of Mushroom & Truffle Oil Pilau Rice (£5.00). He really enjoyed it. It was really flavoursome and had a good kick of spice to it! However, if I had to say something negative about the dish, I would say that the prawns were a little bit over-cooked as they were a bit hard and chewy. Saying that though, that didn't really phase Sat as he demolished the whole thing!

Desserts

Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street
Itihaas Indian Restaurant Birmingham Food Review Fleet Street


There's ALWAYS room for dessert. We were so determined to try out Itihaas' dessert menu despite us both being in our first stage of labour due to our food babies. I went for the Garam Gajar Halwa Tart aur Naram Kulfi (Homemade hot carrot cake sprinkled with chopped almonds, served with Pistachio Kulfi ice cream - £6.00), which was surprisingly really nice! I was going to swerve this dessert due to the word 'carrot' but Sat suggested me to try it, as it is a popular Indian dessert. I would describe this dessert as a tart rather than a 'cake', as it can be a little misleading if you're not too familiar with the name of the dessert. Eaten with the ice cream that came with it was so heavenly though! I've tried quite a few Indian desserts before and I've never really been too keen on them due to how sweet they can be. However, the Garam Gajar Halwa Tart aur Naram Kulfi had the perfect balance of sweetness to it. I still can't believe that it is made out of carrots as it didn't really taste like them. I'm not complaining though - it made sinning a lot more easier! We also chose the Chai Masala Mousse (A fluffy & airy milky mousse infused with Indian chai spices of cinnamon, cardamom & nutmeg served with an almond biscotti - £8.00) to try out. We didn't like this as much as the other dessert because as a mousse, it did seem a little watery. I'd have to say though, the flavour of the Chai Masala Mousse was indeed very pleasant - especially tasty when you dip the almond biscotti in! Although the texture wasn't as thick as I'd hoped, we still thoroughly enjoyed our last course.

After visiting Itihaas Indian Restaurant, I now know why they were crowned the best restaurant in the UK Cobra Good Curry Guide. Food was delicious, atmosphere was nice and most importantly service was genuinely great. As the prices may seem more on the pricier side, the food in return will make it all worthwhile due to its authenticity and their hearty portion size. Would I recommend? Of course. Would I go again? Most certainly I will!

Have you dined at Itihaas Indian Restaurant in Birmingham before?

*Food was paid for by Itihaas. All views and opinions are my own. 

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  1. I LOVE itihaas! I've never been to their main restaurant and have only dined in their selfridges birmingham one, which is unfortunately not there anymore :(. Great post, hun!

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    1. Yeah I've heard good things about their Selfridges one too! Defo give the main one a visit, definitely worth the trip! x

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