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Birmingham’s Lasan, an Indian restaurant in the Dakota Buildings down James Street, close to St Paul’s Square, was named the best local restaurant in the UK by Gordon Ramsay in 2013. It’s also one of the Sunday Times’ top 100 UK restaurants, and has put head chef Aktar on the map as the first ever self-trained chef to take part in the BBC’s Great British Menu challenge. Accolades aside, Lasan is clearly a winner for fine Indian dining in Birmingham, successfully blowing people away with their bold interpretations of India’s rich culinary traditions. With such momentum behind them, you’ll need to book if you want to dine at Lasan!
What more can we say about Lasan, the Birmingham-based Indian restaurant that has attracted more praise from diners and food critics alike than all others in the UK? Its premises in the Dakota Buildings down James Street, a quiet lane off St Paul’s Square, have taken legions of curry lovers by storm. That’s already quite a claim for Birmingham, undoubtedly Britain’s curry capital, but the love for Lasan has truly national – and international – scope. It’s only been around since 2002, but with the passionate and (incredible to say) self-trained director chef Aktar at the helm, Lasan is truly a world-class Indian restaurant in the heart of Birmingham’s artisanal Jewellery Quarter.
The three fundamental principles governing Birmingham’s Lasan are a sincere love for authentic Indian food, an unswerving passion for creation and reinvention and the desire to take the utmost care and immense pride in its presentation. Indeed, every dish at Lasan is authentic, innovative, and beautifully presented. Take the konkan kekada, for instance, a dish carried over into Lasan’s James St restaurant from the fish course that won on the BBC’s Great British Menu. Here, soft shell Devonshire crab is dipped in a crispy ajwain and Kashmiri chilli batter alongside green pea and potato cakes, raita, and a sour raw mango chutney. Or Lasan’s winner for Gordon Ramsay, the elaichi beef, in which Hereford beef, reared naturally on Stokemarsh Farm, is marinated and braised overnight, accompanied by bone marrow pakora and tandoori-baked sweetbreads plus a black cardamom-scented cashew nut gravy. Already you can see how Lasan isn’t afraid to take the traditions of Indian cuisine, held dear to its heart, and experiment, wowing diners – clearly – every time. Lasan is just a short walk from St Paul’s Square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, but do be sure you book a table to avoid disappointment.
We enjoyed wonderful food which was partnered with excellent service. Time was given during taking our ordering to provide advice including a suggestion to reduce the order to reduce waste!
Superb food and superb service - nothing to fault. The menu was quite unique and certainly lived up to it's reputation. The waiters & waitresses were very attentive but not intrusive.
Fantastic food, wonderful atmosphere and discreet but very attentive staff...a real treat. I would recommend Lasan as the ultimate Asian cuisine to anyone who appreciates excellent food.
Beautiful blending of spices and everything presented so well. Chicken starter excellently cooked, Great British Menu crab very good followed by succulent duck and prawn dishes, all great, plus very good accompaniments. Friendly and attentative staff. Very good value for money. Had a relaxed evening before the excitement of the Davis Cup the next day, a very good introduction to Birmingham. Thank you Lasan.
The restaurant is tucked away in the Jewellery Quarter and is very nice inside. Very spacious and industrial styling which we love. I ordered deep fried soft shell crab to start which was fantastic, the presentation was amazing. We had some free tiny poppadoms which were very tasty, that had chick peas and a sauce inside - stunning. My partner ordered the Veal main, and I had a Prawn and Coconut curry - there were about 8 HUGE King Prawns in the dish - absolutely gorgeous - it was really tasty with a lovely little kick at the end. Our desserts were their carrot cake and their version of Eaton Mess, and we had Brandy and Port to follow. You cannot fault the service, our waiters were very attentive and service was brilliant. We had a bottle of Wine with the meal, and the bill was £130 including a tip - which we thought was excellent value considering the reputation of the restaurant. Definitely will return again, and again and again. To top off the meal, I was given a little bag with a small bottle of Prosecco and more vouchers to return. A lovely touch.
Excellent modern Indain food with interesting complimentary sauces. High quality cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere. Worth every penny with the highlights being the quail egg koftas and the Kheer rice pudding. Highly recommend a visit to others
Our visit to Lasan was fantastic! All the dishes were very special--original whilst still being authentic. I have lived in India for 5 years, and this is the best Indian food I have had in any country.
Service was some what slow. Weren't really asked for any additional drinks and took ages to provide the bill. I had put a request in if a msg could be written on my friends plate saying Happy Birthday but nothing and not even an equity made for any details.
Professional and friendly service with a great atmosphere and food. Is a little more expensive than I remember. Next time I'm not driving so I can taste their whiskey collection
It was our third time to Lasan. We had the tasting menu and enjoyed every course. Took our two friends who really enjoyed it too. I Would recommend to anyone!