James Dahl Indian

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£25 and under
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Indian
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  • Casual
  • Spicy
  • Business Meals
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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HM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

MC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

RR
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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

MJ
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

LP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

DG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

S
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SY
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

RC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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

n
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service , nice smart place and great food.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

j
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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

RF
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DF
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food will be going back 👍

KH
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

L
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit to the Theatre.

J
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

LS
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

FP
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

HN
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, lovely service. Highly recommend to all.

T
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SH
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PL
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

S
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent pre theatre meal taking Indian cuisine to another level. Very smart but friendly staff, quick service.

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife took me for my Birthday and before we went to the Glee Club. The restaurant was very tasteful, well presented, the staff were very attentive without being too much and most importantly the food was fresh and extremely tasty.
Would certainly recommend if you are in town or before going to a show.

n
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb and unique flavours.
Must try.

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YR
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff & service, fabulous food, lovely ambience

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good food very pricey, service was good but service charge was very expensive.

AB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could probably say this was the best curry we have ever had. Cannot wait to go back.

The fish starter was amazing - cooked to perfection

PK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was very clean and staff where polite and welcoming. The meal was excellent with a more than adequate drinks list and I would certainly visit again when next in the city.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It's the second time we have been here and it did not disappoint. The food and the service are excellent. We asked for extra mint sauce and onion salad and it was provided without a complaint and at no extra charge.

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