James Dahl Indian

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97 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian

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Serving upscale Indian dishes from its sophisticated location inside The Arcadian on Digbeth’s Hurst Street, James Dahl Indian is a dining destination that will change the way you look at Indian cuisine. Utilising all-natural ingredients, seasonal produce and healthy cooking techniques, James Dahl Indian offers dishes that are light and fresh, a stark contrast to the usual heavy, albeit delicious, specialities we’ve come to associate with the Indian kitchen. Begin with starters like the James Special or the rushani pangas, Bangladesh fish fried with spices, garlic and onions. For your main course, we recommend the saag tikka special, garlic, spinach and marinated chicken all cooked up together in a medley of spices and seasonings, or the vegetarian mushroom bhaji. Despite a very recent opening (2016), James Dahl Restaurant is already a huge success, winning an accolade in the 'English Curry Awards', so be sure to book in advance to secure a table.

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StevenE
Staffordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience with fantastic customer service.
Staff very informative and helpful
Quality over quantity every time.
Can’t wait to return

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JohnT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For a city centre site next to the Hippodrome price was reasonable and service very prompt so plenty of time to dine before the theatre.

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CherylG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, great place to eat. Lovely attentive staff

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PhilipB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food taste and portion sizes average (plain naan on the small side).

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stuartH
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Generally very good food, service was mixed. Most of the staff where excellent, 1-2 let it down and were not enjoying there jobs, shame really. Food was on point, maybe look at more dessert options and a better choice of beers .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good. The place is really nice and services really good. Well done guys

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Profonabike
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Star find, superb food and very accommodating. We had gone for the keema and peas recommended and although not on the menu, the chef made it for us. Outstanding food and wine. Can’t wait to go back

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SerenaS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the atmosphere and food were terrific. We would definitely come again.

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HelenaM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very fresh food. Not the usual heavy Indian food. Service was good, a little too much hovering though.
Would definitely go again.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found the whole experience unhurried and very pleasant. Good service. Not in favour a 10% service charge being added on bill especially as it also had room to add a tip. Tips and gratuities are at the customers discretion and should not be forced. This does not distract from a pleasant evening. Will certainly return.

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RandyRam
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Celebrating birthday. Restaurant overlooked this element of our booking. Restaurant was way too loud.

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MartinJ
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ate here last Saturday night. Modern restaurant with relaxing atmosphere. Service was great and food brought out very quickly. One of the nicest Indian meals we have ever had (And we have had many!) Would have given 5 stars but thought a plain curry sauce a bit expensive at £5.95 and portions a little on the small side. Tip automatically added on as well-which I don't really agree with as there was only 2 of us.

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LisaP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal pre theatre, friendly staff, we were very well looked after, excellent food quality.

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DebbieG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service nice food place was busy. We had a nice experience and we would go back

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Over priced and very small portion sizes for the price. Nice atmosphere and ambience but the foods just not up to it unfortunately. Lack of taste in starters.

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Sonsujdt1992
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and delicious food. I had vindaloo hot lovely and my girlfriend had salmon Tikka. Lovely environment.

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DaveC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regularly visit this restaurant even though we live 100 miles away. The food is delicious, the staff are courteous, respectful, friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is always laidback and welcoming. We will be back soon.

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StuartY
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best nan bread ever! Would highly recommend it if you're in Birmingham.

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RossC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

really first class food all 5 had something different and no complaints atall will def return when in town.

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n2oxide
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Now been several times. Exceptional food, not the run of the mill junk you get at a local restaurant. Authentic, well prepared and presented.

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CHARLESH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service , nice smart place and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Very happy to have found this place and will be back.

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MartinT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always,not my first visit.
Always found the staff and food to be above average.
Not your usual curry house

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jellybabe
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Lovely meal, good service a little put off by th colour of my chicken tikka masala - orange but tasted good
Pompadoms & chutneys lovely
A little more expensive than your usual indian

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RogerF
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt the finest Indian food I have ever eaten.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have been on a thirty year mission to find the perfect Chicken Tokka Massala (not all life goals must be lofty). Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that James Dahl’s offering is the best I’ve had to date. Delightful service from polite and friendly staff. This was our first dining experience in Birmingham, having moved to the area only the week before. It’s set the bar pretty high as far as I’m concerned!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice food will be going back 👍

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KathrynH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Visited Birmingham for the first time and we chose a restaurant near to our hotel. From arriving to leaving the night was fantastic with the food extremely delicious. Will be returning when visiting Birmingham again as really enjoyed everything from the service to the ambience

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Loulou3
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit to the Theatre.

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Jules
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Didn’t live up to its reviews. Onion bhagis under cooked and lacked flavour. Main course uninspiring. Flavour just so so. Service good, took our dripping wet brolleyon entering restaurant,menu card expensive looking. Perhaps directing priorities to taste of food would be best.

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate late night after a visit to Glee Club and were delighted with our meal. Quick, friendly service and a good atmosphere. Food was delicious and well presented.

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FridurP
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went there with friends after reading reviews online. I love Indian food and always look for new gems around the world.
This is not one of them, the food was good, but not great. It was disappointing that they don't offer Raita, and when I asked I was offered some kind of mint sauce. But great wine list, good servers and nice decor.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The colours of the food are what caught my eye upon serving. The red of the tikka masala and bright yellow pilaf rice was so vibrant, and it tasted just as incredible as it looked. The loud atmosphere of other guests (not the restaurant’s fault!) is the only reason scored lower for ambiance. Service itself was great. Staff are smartly dressed, professional and paying attention to detail. Would go back again if I return to Birmingham.

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HumaN
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely service. Highly recommend to all.

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vipTash
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thought the food was great. Service good and ambience. Would definitely go again.

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SimonH
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Food and the overall experience and shall certainly visit again next time we are in the area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went after the Panto. One of the best curry’s I’ve had 🤙🤙

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and will return. Service and food excellent. Lovely location and modern and relaxing restaurant.

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PatL
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely clean restaurant in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham. Friendly waiters and the food was lovely. Only objection is they put a tip on the bill.

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Slyman
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Felt slightly rushed was repeatedly asked if we were ready to order whilst still reading the menu.
Bill was wrong and charged for 4 starters when we had 2, was fixed quickly. There was a 12% service charge added.
Food was nice, the Jalfrezi was very tasty with a nice level of spice.

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James Dahl Indian is rated 4.7 stars by 97 OpenTable diners.

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