About James Dahl Indian

Serving upscale Indian dishes from its sophisticated location inside The Arcadian on Hurst Street in the Chinese Quarter, 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, chicken tikka and sheek kebab cooked in a dry sauce, 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. James Dahl Restaurant is already a huge success and a winner at the 2016 Curry Awards, so be sure to book in advance to secure a table.

Opening Times

Closed now
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
5:00 pm - 12:30 am
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm


James Dahl Indian
70 Hurst Street, Chinese Quarter
Birmingham B5 4TD

Menu Highlights




Chicken fillets grilled with special marinade comprising honey and mustard with spices and herbs


Chicken tikka and sheek kebab cooked in a dry, special sauce served with puree

MIXED STARTER (for 2 people)

Onion bhajee, chicken tikka, lamb tikka, and sheek kebab



Sliced fillets of Panghas fish, cooked with garam masala and herbs. Served in a light tasty sauce, served with fried rice


Marinated king prawns grilled in the clay oven and cooked with roasted potatoes in a specially prepared sauce. A spicy dish


Lamb shank slow roasted and cooked with butter, onion, garlic, ginger, sweet pumkins and garnished with coriander and amaranth.



A distinguished dish originating from the heart of Bangladesh. Consists of salmon traditionally cooked in a bhuna sauce prepared with marinated onions. Prepared exclusively by the chef.


Lamb and potatoes lightly simmered until meat is tender, with browned onion, tomato, ginger and green chillies, with freshly chopped coriander - slightly hot.


Chicken and tiger prawns cooked with specially prepared spices and herbs. A medium masala dish garnished with fresh tomatoes and cucumber and served with pilau rice.

Main Menu

James Dahl Indian - Menu


150 James Dahl Indian Reviews

150 Reviews
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Value for money:Good value
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Stephen S.2 months ago · 1 review

Great food and service. The menu was varied and contained some dishes I hadn't heard of before therefore I was happy to try those and wasn't disappointed. The staff were very attentive and the food came promptly. I couldn't find anything to fault.

Emma C.2 months ago · 1 review

Really good food and service was great! Very attentive and friendly service. I would definitely go again and recommend to friends! Good variety of food!

Jasmine N.2 months ago · 1 review

Modern restaurant with amazing food! Especially the naan breads 😊 We wouldn’t hesitate to come back the next time we’re in Birmingham! Best indian meal

Lauren N.3 months ago · 1 review

Amazingly good food! Great service too, booked a table because it seemed quite popular and was glad we did because I Would have been gutted to miss out on this place

Linda C.5 months ago · 1 review

Excellent service as soon as we walked through the door. The waiting staff are polite, friendly and helpful - quite a rarity in restaurants these days. Food was tasty and plenty of choice. The wine I picked was also excellent. The only thing I’d change next time I visit is sitting in a different area of the restaurant. As it’s quite small and intimate, noise levels got quite high (it was peak time on a Saturday night after all) and my friend and I had to raise our voices a little to hear each other (we were sitting in the area where most of the tables are concentrated). Altogether a great experience though and would definitely go back to try all their other dishes.

Andy B.9 months ago · 1 review

Had been trying to visit JD's for a while now but every time I visited Birmingham the Restaurant was closed, always a Monday, so was delighted to be there on a Friday and Booked online to make sure I got in. For a Friday the whole complex where JD's is located was very quiet as was the restaurant, which is surprisingly smaller than you would expect. Staff were friendly and attentive without being over your shoulder all the time, and the menu was varied with house specialities, I had the ANARKALI which was amongst one of the top Indian dishes I have had (and that's a lot). All in all a great experience and would definitely visit again. That 6th elusive star was let down purely by the ambiance which was a little low key for me, unlike Dishoom hub hub and feel

Vivienne P.8 months ago · 1 review

Our experience was excellent as you can see from the 6,the decor,ambience was lovely,a very extensive menu with all the classics as well as chefs recommendations and new dishes,the waiters were attentive without being intrusive giving us time to peruse the menu and have a pre dinner glass of wine. The most important bit the food was very good ,well presented hot and very tasty,there was three of us who all had different dishes and we all agreed it was excellent. We will definitely be back.

Louise R.3 months ago · 1 review

My husband and I booked this restaurant last minute as our concert at the hippodrome was cancelled due to the bad weather. Because of the weather the restaurant was not busy, but we received a very warm welcome and the service was wonderful. The food which was impeccable, very much a fine dining Indian restaurant. I had a fish curry and it was to die for...very tasty. I would definitely recommend anyone to visit this restaurant, and we will return.

Jenna W.6 months ago · 1 review

The restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere (lighting, incense, decor) and the staff are very polite. Our food arrived quickly and was delicious. I had picked this restaurant based on the type of cuisine, location and especially because it had great reviews on TripAdvisor. I'm happy that on this occasion it did live up to the reviews; it was a wonderful meal as part of a birthday treat for my best friend.

Roger E.2 years ago · 1 review

A wide ranging menu including all the traditional curries and enhanced with some exotic connoisseur offerings. The food is mouthwateringly flavoursome and the staff are eager to ensure your dining experience is of the highest order. This restaurant, in the Arcadian Centre opposite the Hippodrome theatre, is worthy of all its' high praise and reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.