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.
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.
Our 3rd visit and another Enjoyable end to our football Away day We were made to feel very at home and lovely to be remembered from our previous visits too We had a diverse group and the restaurant team did all they could to accommodate young and old Thanks again and we will be back for visit 4 soon I'm sure
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
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
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
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
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
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
Superb food. Good quality of service. Would go again. 5 stars