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5.4 /6 Excellent 94 Reviews

James Dahl Indian

Chinese Quarter Indian £££ +100
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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 Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 17:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 17:00 - 00:30
  • Saturday 17:00 - 00:30
  • Sunday 17:00 - 22:30
James Dahl Indian, 70 Hurst Street, B5 4TD Birmingham

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94 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 94 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
29.07.2017 08:23

Great service and great food. A few different dishes on the menu which made a nice change! Food delicious and the nan bread hot and fresh!

2 reviews so far 6
26.07.2017 08:47

Fantastic service and amazing food. It was our first time there and will 100% be going back. They cater for all and made sure we had a great food...the starters and mains were amazing even made us a Paneer Garlic Chilli Masala which was amazing.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 10:25

A lovely little restaurant, great quality food with high quality ingredients and fantastic flavours. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We will be visiting again.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 11:58

Prefect curry,the staff were friendly and helpful! Will definitely return when I'm in the area.. I really recommend the pandina,it's a stunning dish! See you soon!!

1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 16:42

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.

1 review so far 6
25.05.2016 08:36

We had a really enjoyable meal. The Menu was varied and the food was delicious. I got the impression the waiter was pretty new to the job as the welcome was slightly awkward introduction and he didn't know what one of the drinks was that we ordered (a shandy). However, this didn't detract from a great meal.

3 reviews so far 6
09.04.2017 07:20

After a warm welcome we were seated at a smart window table, the restaurant is modern, contemporary and very clean. Our drinks order was taken and arrived promptly. We ordered food and asked the waiter if one of the dishes could be personalised to my wife's taste, the food was fantastic. I would recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
07.08.2016 11:06

Lovely people, lovely food, lovely restaurant. Highly recommend! We went before a show at the hippodrome and booked a table at 5. This gave us plenty of time and the staff were so attentive to everything and even makes every day conversation with the people. High class restaurant for everyday prices. Definitely be going back!

1 review so far 4
02.01.2017 09:59

The location is perfect for central Birmingham and the area very accessible with parking nearby in Thorpe street. The service was first class but we were the only customers at 5.30 on New Years Eve. The set menu for the night was OK and the staff were happy to do anything else you may wish. BUT only a "good" experience NO WOW factor which having read other reviews I was hoping for, but never the less a very pleasant meal.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 14:42

Lots of traditional Indian dishes but they taste fresh and delicious...service was excellent all the way through, my highlights included opening the door for me when I went to the loo and bringing extra ice for our Lassi to keep it cool....look out for the quirky way of serving the hot towels xx

1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 08:50

Excellent food, facilities and service. All 6 of us loved the place and would definitely return, when we go back to Birmingham. I cannot understand the odd bad review at all. I tend to lean to the owners response, and can only believe its malicious competitors, trying to destroy a lovely restaurant.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 07:51

Lovely decorated restaurant, with a nice atmosphere and spotlessly clean. We were given a very warm welcome and very attentive and helpful service. They took time to help us choose, explaining what the various dishes were. The food was delicious, hot and nicely presented. We would definitely visit again

1 review so far 5
24.10.2016 06:31

Food was great, portion sizes perfect and the flavors were amazing. The only thing letting my experience down was the fact there was a part of approx 20 people seated near our table who were very loud but I understand this is not a fault by the restaurant itself. Would 100% recommend this place.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2016 18:38

This is a wonderful gem in Birmingham. If you want somewhere special, wonderful surroundings, decent price, amazing service and top class food then go here. My mother knows her indian food and said it was one of the best curries she's ever had.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 20:58

Food was amazing. Good standard of cleaness. Friendly staff. Enjoyed my time there with friends. Lovely mood lighting. Will make another visit to the restaurant when I make another trip to Birmingham. Wish I found out about this place a long time ago

1 review so far 6
30.08.2016 10:08

Really interesting choices, we stuck with the Bangladeshi fish dishes (this is a Bangladeshi restaurant and spicy fish and rice is their staple diet). Traditional tasting dishes with a modern presentation and chic setting. The best 'Indian' meal I've had in ages.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 18:07

My boyfriend and I visited this restaurant not long ago after hearing good reviews about it on TripAdvisor. It definitely lived up to our expectation and we had a really enjoyable meal. The service was excellent and the food was tasty, we'll definitely be going back in the near future!

2 reviews so far 6
30.12.2016 14:41

Good food, fast and excellent service. Nice touch on the hand wipes at the end. Highly recommended. Meal for two with drinks cost ~£50. Regular portion sizes so I recommend that you order both naan rice and naan with your meal.

1 review so far 6
05.10.2016 11:47

This was our first visit to James Dahl, the meal was great the tastiest we have had for a long time. The service was really quick and professional in a very relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

4 reviews so far 6
04.07.2016 08:37

Friendly helpful staff, with very efficient service. All four of us enjoyed all of our dishes which were varied and offered some different choices from the usual 'Indian' food. We were impressed and will be back for more.

1 review so far 5
20.11.2016 16:16

One of the best curries I've had. Fresh, delicate flavours - clearly a great chef with good ingredients. Enjoyed everything about the food. The service was good. Nice, clean, modern styling. It was a bit rowdy, but what do you expect for a Saturday night?

1 review so far 5
29.07.2017 21:42

Saturday evening meal, and the all aspects of the meal were very good. The starters were tasty and the main dishes balanced with spice. The food itself was very good. The service was efficient but a little bit rushed given the restaurant was not full.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 12:50

Amazing Food! great service! Been before and would definitely go again! Would recommend anyone who fancies a great, great food! Also in a fantastic location, right in the centre of Birmingham surrounded by pubs and other eateries.

1 review so far 6
18.11.2016 07:19

First visit early on a Thursday evening before a trip to the theatre. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff served us delicious food. Modern and pleasant decor and beautifully clean. Very impressed all round. Will definitely go again

3 reviews so far 6
30.10.2016 08:20

We arrived to a warm welcome and were seated at our reserved table. Our food was fab, the chicken dishes were flavoured perfectly and the veg was cooked to perfection. We would highly recommended this restaurant.

3 reviews so far 4
23.06.2017 10:47

Restaurant was nicely decorated, food was tasty and portion sizes were good. We either ate at a very quiet time or the restaurant doesn't get very busy - this did limit the atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and professional and I thought the meal overall was good value for money. I would visit again.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 00:09

Our early Thursday evening reservation for 3, was my first visit to this restaurant. I don't have anything negative to report, Lovely atmosphere, very pleasant and attentive staff, delicious food. I would definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 23:02

Yummy! Really lovely & clean restaurant, and lots of choice on the menu. Great for an evening out and very good service. Food is fresh and full of flavour, thank you for a brilliant meal!

1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 08:06

Food was beautiful but a little more expensive than expected. Perhaps the price of drinks were a little steep. But overall great service from all staff and they all ensured we were having a good meal and had everything we wanted/needed.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 08:35

Meal was excellent. Great service, friendly and efficient staff. The food was fresh and delicious- we ordered a variety of dishes and nothing disappointed. I'd hightly recommend James Dahl and I'd certainly go again.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2017 22:04

We visited for the first time for a pre theatre meal. We had a fantastic meal and I would highly recommend you visit. If you like Indian food you will love James Dahl.

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 06:47

Lovely up-market resturant.The staff are very friendly and give you time to actually decide what you want! Most importantly...the food is gorgeous! We come here quite frequently and would definitely recommend to others.

3 reviews so far 6
25.09.2016 07:39

Great restaurant, staff are attentive and friendly, decor is modern, the food is well flavoured and a good size and quality. Price is average for the city centre. We will be going again.

4 reviews so far 6
20.02.2017 19:25

Food amazing. Service amazing. Would highly recommend. We had a sharer starter which was the perfect size follow by a Dhansak, keema naan and keema rice. All the food was bang on

1 review so far 6
21.02.2016 08:16

What can I say! Food was excellent and staff were amazing very helpful, will be returning very soon and I am going to tell all my friends about it. Simply superb 👍

3 reviews so far 6
23.08.2016 07:36

We love the food here, and the staff are charming. Attentive without being overwhelming. one of the best Saag Paneers around, and the view of the passing public adds to the entertainment!

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 18:53

Service and food excellent we were seated quickly and served promptly. The james special was excellent which my girlfriend had. I had shami kebab which were bed on some gorgeously cooked onions.

1 review so far 3
06.07.2016 08:10

The food here is nicely presented and not over greasy. Mains are a good size. But some specials leave a lot to be desired. The special fried fish starter was over priced for three small squares of previously frozen, gelatinous and tasteless fish deep fried in some sort of floury coating. Staff are excellent. Coffee v nice. Busy and noisy, but good ambience.

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 17:15

The food is superb and the service is first rate. I would certainly recommend eating here for a pre or post theatre meal or a trip to the Glee club.

1 review so far 6
29.08.2016 22:06

Great place to dine, lovely Indian quisine, extensive menu, very friendly staff, extremely passionate about customer service. Have eaten here over the last few months and always excellent, recommemd booking.

3 reviews so far 5
24.04.2016 07:11

Good food and attentive service. An excellent start to this new restaurant. Keep up the good work. Only criticism would be that mains were a little to sweet so would probably be more selective in future.

1 review so far 6
23.06.2016 22:19

Fantastic meal friendly staff & great service. My wife & I visited for our Anniversary & we weren't disappointed. We will definitely be visiting again - highly recommend 😊

1 review so far 6
18.09.2016 10:35

great food, friendly helpful and courteous staff. Relaxed atmosphere, well worth a visit if that side of town. worth booking ahead if a weekend visit as it's not huge

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 17:54

We were ony visiting Birmingham, so keen to find a good curry. Great food, presented in a modern, contempory style, backed by friendly service. What more could you want?

1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 12:16

Excellent all round. The food and service is of a high standard and I look forward to returning. The food is very tasty with an exstensive menu and the portion size is very good.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 17:45

Enjoyed a fantastic curry recently at the James Dahl. Couldnt fault it at all. Really really nice food and good friendly service. Dont hesitate to come here 😊

1 review so far 6
29.01.2017 06:55

Best Indian I ever had, even in India. Will be back for sure. The biriyani was delicious, the roti crispy and tasty. The service was amazing and quick.

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 08:27

Staff were attentive and polite, service was very good and food arrived in a timely fashion. Food was absolutely delicious. Best Indian restaurant I've tried in the city.

3 reviews so far 5
29.06.2017 11:44

Great restaurant. Was pretty quiet but great attentive staff - quick and efficient service. Food was delicious - had a starter and some sides but big portions and very full afterwards. Would recommend.

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 10:41

Love the James Dahl, the food is really delicious and fresh and feels "healthier" than a normal curry. The staff are friendly and helpful. Always a delight!