Maharaja's Spice Express at The Kings Head

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Indian
Showcasing the very best of Indian cuisine Join us on a journey across North India, showcasing the very best of Indian cuisine. Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience inspired by destinations visited by the Maharajas’ Express.

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What 39 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food as always. Vegetable Biryani one of the best I've tasted.

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EddieT
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been the third time we have been and loved it. Onion bajis seem they've been re-heated and not made fresh; but other than that food was good quality and very tasty.

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ManishaP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved it last time so brought my friends again. Food was excellent, tasty too.

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Andycapp
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

My partners chicken korma was tasteless and bland which was disappointing considering the price,saying that my sheek kebab starter was very succulent and spicy

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MarcinB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and service. Very friendly staff. Nice atmosphere and great value.

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MarcinB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food in a very reasonable price. Great service, nice staff. Was already visiting twice and for sure will visit many times in the future

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Michelle71
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service and value for money. Definitely recommend

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LouiseY
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Service wasnt great waited ages for our drinks
Sat next to loud drunk annoying guests.
Food was nice but not sure we would come back

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Channelle94
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Thank you for a splendid evening :)

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Anti
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely food and reasonably priced. Have already recommended it to friends.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We visited for my birthday & it was the 1st time we had been since it changed names etc. The service from the manager was good but unfortunately our waitress was a little poor with her service. When asked for the ingredients within certain dishes she clearly didn't know & said she was told what to say e.g using a script. We ordered a few starters but before we could finish our requests she walked away from the table. She clearly needed more training with her customer service snd needed to smile a little more. There were a few items missing from our mains but this was reflected in the bill. Overall the ambience was nice but the service was a little sloppy so my advice would be to fully train some of your waiteresses especially to know what is available on the menu & not to rush their customers when asking for their orders. It wasn't too busy in the restaurant so the time could have been made to be a bit more attentive to the customers needs. This was just a isolated incident as the other waiters & waitresses were particularly attentive & smiling when delivering our food to the table.

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Nish05
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I went only a couple of weeks earlier and it was outstanding, however this time I went on a Saturday and service was very slow and when it came out there was items missing and the descriptions of the food did not match what was written on the menu. Real shame as I decided to recommend it to my family but unfortunately won’t be recommending again as service on a weekend is not great

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Harbs
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Firstly food exceeded expectations, so really pleased with that. However Pistachio Kulfi was not available as per menu.
The experience was let down by the service. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco only to be served in wine glasses. I asked for flutes only to be told they were too busy to wash the small stock of flutes they had, but I insisted on waiting until these were ready. They were eventually served hot.
Unexpectedly the waitress came to our table to as if we were ready to order as she was finishing her shift and needed to leave. What a thing to say to your customers. Despite it being a Friday evening and other staff available. I put this down to inexperience but it came across as rude. Although there has been money spend on decorating we felt the lightning was much to bright and it could have been made much nicer perhaps with dimmer lighting, candles on the table and background music to help with the noise from big groups. It had the feeling as if you were eating in a banqueting hall.
For this reason I won’t be rushing back, however as mentioned I can’t fault the food.

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Whackie
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ordered food waited almost one hour so asked a member of staff to be told there was a back log in the kitchen, starter finally came out then we sat and waited and waited so after about 30 minutes we told them we was leaving to then be told the food was almost ready so we left.

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MichelleB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit & was very happy with the service & the food. Delicious food, reasonably priced. Definitely recommend

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Nish05
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and cannot praise staff enough, very nice layout and atmosphere, was very busy for a Tuesday night so must be doing something right! Took me a really long time to decide what to eat because I can honestly say that everything on the menu sounded amazing!

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miguel
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time now and food excellent once again . Curry last time , lamb chops this time brill. Looking forward to when we go again to try something else.

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BeverleyN3007
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Went New Year eve. Table booked for 10pm. Told we had to hurry up and order as kitchen was stopping taking orders at 10!

Food was lovely ... and female waitress with red hair was lovely.

But after we'd eaten the restaurant manager kept looking over at our table and I felt really uncomfortable as he was staring. We had to twice call across another waiter for more drinks as they were all too busy setting up tables for next day. We were not asked if we wanted a pudding. Manager came over with bill at 11.20 and asked us to settle up ... I wanted to pay on card and as we wanted more drinks I didn't want another tab. I asked if we was being chucked out of the restaurant and he said no. Eventually we felt pressurised into ordering the drinks we wanted for later ... settling the bill and leaving the restaurant for the bar part.

The music was too loud and not a very good sound system. There was no real atmosphere - especially considering it was NYE.

The food was lovely but a disappointing night and probably wouldn't come again especially if music was the same.

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Posh
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choices, fast service, the restaurant could be a bit warmer though, been there twice and extremely cold!!

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TraceyW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd visit and again amazing!! Fabulous service and amazing food. Keep up the good work!!!x

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maireadc
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Incorrect order came through. Had to ask twice for the replacement food. Bill then listed both items. Think it was a busy nite and staff maybe were under trained.

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Quibbly
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal here. Food was tasty and well presented. Lots of different dishes to choose from. The staff were so friendly and welcoming, would definitely return just for that.

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RahulS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first visit. The restaurant off good variety of the dishes at a reasonable price. The service was reasonable. Enjoyed the dining experience.

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miguel
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food,attentive staff we really enjoyed the meal. Did feel it was expensive though.

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Tracey
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent - highly recommend it. More up market absolute delight and treat.👍

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TraceyW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! It was busy when we got there but got seated immediately. Waitress was lovely. Food was served before we had finished our poppadoms👍 food was stunning! Best korma I have ever had. Really nice atmosphere and the manager (chinese man) leading from the front!! Definately recommend!

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MelanieS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Overall the ambience and service at the restaurant was outstanding. The waiters were very attentative to us.

My starter of onion bhaji was absolutely delicious. Three generous portions of bhajis with a delightful crunchy salad. It was beautiful.

For main I had the maharaja korma which I found to be very creamy but the cream had not mixed well with the dish and gave the texture and impression of cottage cheese. The plain buttered naan was beautiful and not over buttered like many are.

Overall the atmosphere and service was truly exceptional but I'm not sure if I'll return for food, but it would definitely be a place to enjoy a drink.

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NancyT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very attentive. Food was gorgeous. Will definitely be returning soon! Great value for money- lamb shank to die for!!!

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Greyhound
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Visited here with a friend. Restaurant apparently open 5 weeks. I love Indian food and was looking forward to this. Tables quite close together and size of room makes it noisy. Difficult to have a chat. Menu is confusing, as in hard to understand what you are ordering (mains particularly). Dishes have unfamiliar names and descriptions are not clear, and I eat a lot of Indian food. We asked advice from the waiting staff who were mainly young girls. They had to keep going to ask advice themselves, clearly a training issue here. Eventually an older gentleman appeared to help us, but even he admitted the menu was confusing. Starters and mains eventually arrived within 5 minutes of each other after chasing up the order 45 minutes after we arrived. The food was ok, nothing more. Cocktail waiter ( a young American guy) was very helpful and clearly knew his stuff where the drinks were concerned. There are many Indian restaurants in Birmingham, need to do better than this. Based on this experience would not return.

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JSingh
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Small portions, overpriced and average service. Portion sizes are particularly small and are not for sharing.

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VictoriaM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fourth time here this time with friends and it was lovely as always. Tonight was the first time the service was a little bit slow but the food made up for it. I’m eating vegetarian throughout November and the choice was fabulous. The Sauvignon was gorgeous and such good value too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Sunday roast with a twist is unbelievable and a must try

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HelenK14
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall good experience, interior needs more pot planting in main dining area to feel more intimate and absorb noise. Plastic posy on table cheap looking! single foliage/flower in small vase would be more suited to decor.

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NatalieE
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food lovely
Service not great
Noise level loud
Would go again

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AngelaW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good but very spicey the waitress was new and forgot to order one of our dishes , but it was no problem . Decoration through out was lovely

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very poor food. We had high hopes but were so disappointed.
Service not great but that may be due to it being newly opened.
Nice decor.
Sadly no return visit for us

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JackM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impromptu booking, but following this experience we have reflected and come to then conclusion we have been making do with bland basic boring curries! We did not know you could get such interesting, fresh and delicious Indian food and all very reasonably priced. Thank you. Hopefully we will be in the vicinity again.

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VictoriaM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As it's only been open a week and it's within walking distance we thought we'd give it a try and weren't disappointed! The food was beautiful, the cocktails were good and the white wine (Sauvignon Turtle Bay) was amazing. Considering starters, mains, desserts and 2 bottles of wine came to £74 we were not disappointed. Our waitress was good, it was very busy - and obviously some of the newer members of staff needed a bit of direction, but I think in a few weeks time it will be fantastic. The pizza's are cooked fresh in the onsite pizza oven, and everything had an indian twist. I had the lamb shank - beautiful. No faults - good food - decent portions and good atmosphere.

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WendyT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed, lovely food, a nice variety with a different menu than is usually available. Very quick service and food piping hot.