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5.3 /6 Excellent 9 Reviews

Taj Mahal

City Centre Indian £££ +100
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About Taj Mahal

Birmingham is famous for its Indian cuisine, in particular the balti – rumoured to have originated not in India or Pakistan, but in good old Birmingham. So when it comes to Birmingham curry houses, it’s a crowded and much-criticised market. Taj Mahal, in a quiet side street on the lower floor of Norfolk House in Birmingham’s city centre, stands out from the crowd. It has been serving fine Indian cuisine for over 50 years to rave reviews. It’s a default option for curry connoisseurs.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Thursday 18:00 - 00:30
  • Friday 18:00 - 02:30
  • Saturday 18:00 - 02:30
  • Sunday 18:00 - 00:30
Taj Mahal, 1 Norfolk House, B54LJ Birmingham

Further Information

The balti. Did it originate in Baltistan, straddling the border of northern India and Pakistan? Does the word come from the Urdu and Hindi balty, meaning bucket? Or was it truly coined in the home of the spaghetti junction, Birmingham? Either way, speculation has only thrown fuel on the deliciously spicy fire burning beneath Birmingham’s UK-curry-capital throne. A positive consequence of this is that the fierce competition and counter-claims for the curry kingdom means that South Asian restaurants have a particularly tough job distinguishing themselves. The consensus is that Taj Mahal, set into Norfolk House on a quiet side street in Birmingham’s city centre, is clearly a leader in the city’s Indian cuisine scene.

Easily the most venerable curry house in town, Taj Mahal has been serving fine Indian cuisine to eager fans and the uninitiated for over 50 years. 1962, the year the M5 began to be built, connecting Birmingham to north Gloucestershire, and the year the Beatles made their first TV appearance, also introduced Taj Mahal to the world. Decades later, the service is still uniformly excellent, and the Indian cuisine is to die for. Or at least make a reservation for. Their dishes speak for themselves, but if you want something special from this superlative Birmingham Indian restaurant, we strongly recommend you head down to Norfolk House in the city centre and turn to Taj Mahal’s house special main courses, and the Tandoori Garlic Tikka Chilli in particular.


9 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 9 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
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2 reviews so far 6
03.07.2017 00:36

Food and Service was Stunning. Environment was warm, welcome and relaxed. Amazing value for the quality of the food, I would highly recommend this restaurant

3 reviews so far 6
27.12.2016 14:09

A return visit for our group post a football game at the Hawthorns and before our train. The restaurant and staff were as fab as before. Prompt and friendly service. Assuming we have another game in the area we will definitely be booking again. Thanks for looking after us again

1 review so far 6
03.05.2016 08:16

fantastic food and the restaurant is lovely and the staff are so friendly and helpful always go there when we are in birmingham shamewe are too far away to have a take away

1 review so far 6
13.04.2015 14:19

Superb food. Good quality of service. Would go again. 5 stars

1 review so far 6
24.02.2015 10:35

Very tasty food and they don't skimp on quantity. The prawn/chicken puree starter we had was big enough to be main course. Nice friendly staff as well

3 reviews so far 4
20.04.2016 07:32

We were the first in the restaurant so there was a lacking atmosphere but the food was good and prices reasonable. Staff fairly attentive. If you are catching a train its not a bad place to get a curry

1 review so far 5
25.05.2015 14:59

good food, good selection to choose from on the menu, friendly service, fair prices. a much better than average curry house. would recommend this restaurant