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5.4 /6 Excellent 103 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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103 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 103 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
03.10.2017 17:00

Very tasty food with plenty of choice and good portion sizes, very good value for money. The restaurant was clean and had a good atmosphere, and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. A great night out

14 reviews so far 6
01.10.2017 00:02

lovely atmosphere friendly staff food was amazing second time we have been here having met the owner and his family abroad on holiday will definitley recommend family and friends.

1 review so far 6
23.09.2017 12:51

Best Indian experience i have ever had in the UK. Unbelievably good food, the tastes and smells were amazing. The overall level of professionalism from the staff was great. They were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. If you are ever in Birmingham for any reason you have to try this place. By far the best!

2 reviews so far 6
02.09.2017 13:22

Friendly, attentive staff. Sophisticated venue with stunning décor and a calm yet refined ambience. Beautiful food presentation and it tasted amazing. Would definitely visit again.

1 review so far 5
13.09.2017 10:38

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

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.

1 review so far 6
23.08.2017 10:34

As always the quality of the service, food and ambience were excellent. James Dahl Indian is an ideal restaurant for a pre-theatre meal in a central Birmingham location.

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.

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
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!