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4.7 /6 Excellent 68 Reviews

The King's Lounge

Bearwood International ££ +100

About The King's Lounge

There is a long and convoluted history of vegetarianism in India, one strongly associated with the northern region state of Punjab. There is also a very strong tradition of quality Indian and Punjabi cuisine in Birmingham. The King’s Lounge, located just outside Birmingham along Smethwick’s High Street, is a restaurant serving Punjabi cuisine that combines the two traditions, ancient and modern: fine Indian and Punjabi cuisine that is 100% vegetarian. It’s also the region’s first non-alcoholic Punjabi bar.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 16:30 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 16:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 16:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 16:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 16:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 16:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 15:00 - 21:30
The King's Lounge, 304 High Street, B66 3PA Smethwick

Further Information

Over two-and-a-half thousand years ago, the coming of Buddhism and Jainism to India ushered in a vast cultural change among locals – abstinence from meat. While it is true that most modern Indians are not strictly vegetarian, there remains a strong ethos of moderation, at least, when it comes to meat dishes. Despite this, most Western diners characterise meat-based curries as the epitome of Indian cuisine – but that’s less than half the story. At The King’s Lounge in Smethwick, the ancient traditions are preserved, and you are welcomed into their capacious High Street premises to enjoy and explore the cornucopia that is Punjabi vegetarian cuisine.

The King’s Lounge is also the Birmingham region’s first non-alcoholic Punjabi bar, serving delicious mocktails, organic, pressed juices, and sparkling celebratory beverages. As for the food, the expert vegetarian chefs in this High Street, Smethwick kitchen use traditional Punjabi ingredients – lentils, beans, black eyed peas, chickpeas, potatoes, as well as the more modern soy protein – as a base for a wide variety of vegetarian dishes. Various dal makhani and paneer dishes, panjiri, saag, pakora, cumin scented rice are just some of the options, while those who don’t eat meat but want to believe they do can opt for a mock-meat curry that rivals the real deal.

CHEF'S CHOICE

68 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 68 Reviews
Noise: mute
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
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2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 10:24

Good ambience to the restaurant and didn't have to wait long to be shown to our table. Service was excellent and food was really good too. Great value for money and will be coming back again.

1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 13:51

Family enjoyed special occassion at kings lounge. We received an Excellent service. The food was delicious. The drinks were tasty. Free parking. Family will be coming again.

1 review so far 6
19.11.2016 08:20

Food was amazing staff were great service was quick lovey atmosphere nice calm music was nice drinks were amazing recommentnthr cocktails chicken tikka and naan

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 17:49

Fantastic food, staff and atmosphere. This is our restaurant of choice and never disappoints. Always order too many dishes as everything tastes so good. Veggie heaven!

1 review so far 4
12.10.2016 13:36

As we entered we were shown to our table. Following the drinks order, we were not pushed to order our meal. Except for the Manager, the rest of the staff gave us the impression that they have had enough. They did not smile or ask up about the meal. After the meal the Manager asked us on the food rating while dealing with our bill. The food was well presented and to our Punjabi taste. We asked for mildly spicy with very little chillies and it was made exactly to our requirements and correctly cooked. Unfortunately there was not a lot for celiac (gluten allergy) like myself. Even the soya had wheat protein extract. There was a birthday party being held and the guests were blocking the main gangway . Therefore, making it difficult to use the toilets. For a restaurant of this status the toilets were below standard. For the size of the restaurant, the parking is not enough, twelve parking spaces in all. The internal decoration was warm and welcoming. Overall pricy, not very welcoming staff, but welcoming setup.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2016 14:37

We had a group of 5 and the service was brilliant, the food delicious and the mock tails and dessert were perfect. It's difficult being a vegetarian and finding places that actually do tasty meat free alternatives but kings lounge seems to have mastered it. Our booking was at 7.30 on a friday and unlike other restaurants we were not made to feel like we had to rush our meal or leave immediately once done. The menu had something for everyone, meat eaters and vegetarians alike. No one was disappointed. Great first experience and will defintely be returning!

1 review so far 6
15.06.2016 02:00

Excellent food!! Mocktails were unbelievably good. One of the best vegetarian dining experiences I have ever had. Have to say that we felt a bit invisible when we first arrived, but this could have been due to the staff looking after a large party. Once we were seated, however, the service was excellent. Food and drink arrived promptly and was AMAZING. Staff friendly and prices very reasonable. Huge amount of choice on the menu. Would highly recommend,

1 review so far 5
03.08.2016 22:53

I've been a vegitarian for nearly 2 years now and I've never been a restaurant like this one before absolutely amazing the replica meat dishes are delicious. So good that I'm from London so the day after visiting I ordered a take away and took it back home with me for my hubby to try. The word has got round London. Just wish it is was closer to me.

1 review so far 3
14.04.2016 07:47

Firstly the decor and appearance is spot on......it sort of went downhill from here. Much improvement needed on cocktail making. Ordered a number of cocktails -The punjabi was like drinking sweet surup from a can of mango pulp......waste of £30 on mocks. The starters were good, something different for the vegetarian pallet, recommend the mix grill (ideal for 2 only). The mains flavour was good, stick to the standard veggi food and not the mock meat (bland soya). The portions are small so be prepared to order extra. We had split views for this restuarant in our group....worth a try for something different.

1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 20:02

Visited after a previous birthday evetn with colleagues - this time a family birthday. We had a lovely time. The food was great and so were the mocktails. The tastiness of the grills was surprisingly good for the meat eaters in our party. We had lovely service too.

2 reviews so far 3
01.04.2016 19:06

food was ok, starters are normal priced but portions are tiny! chilli paneer and aloo tikki chaat i could have fed my 3 and 7 year old nieces that and they would still be hungry. mains were good sized and tasty .. my chicken substitute was slightly undercooked but tasted good naans and the paraata were tasty as well, veg biriyani was also tasty. all in all for the price was ok, starters were rubbish but it gets an average rating due to that

1 review so far 5
29.07.2015 07:45

First visit to Kings Lounge, as we understood it was a comp veg establishment. Great experince, food and drinks. High recommend to my friends and family. Only one reservation, our seating area - though this was minor as the overall experience was great. Nice to receive a complimentory drinks

1 review so far 6
17.07.2015 12:43

Food was amazing! Not made in a rush and full of flavour and unique tastes. Waiters were professional and not the average untrained ones found in most Indian Restaurants. Interior was a piece of art! Will definately go again.

1 review so far 6
27.01.2016 11:24

Fantastic indian vegetarian food. We need more places like this as we always have to travel to leicester to get pure veg. The texture of all the food was very different also - not all the same!

1 review so far 6
31.03.2016 19:46

Very good friendly staff. Food was great quality and service was great. Staff could not do enough for us and we're very tolerant of our children too as we had 4 young kids with us.

2 reviews so far 2
12.10.2016 20:02

This was my second visit to the King's Lounge having been very impressed with it the first time. However I was not happy with the food or service this time round. The service was slow and our waiter forgot our request for more drinks - as we were seated on the far side of the restaurant (the restaurant was practically empty) no waiter even walked past us so we could remind them of our drinks order. The food standards have also gone down. For some unknown reason there was way too much chilli in every dish, and I love chilli normally. Needs to improve.

1 review so far 4
15.07.2016 09:41

It was brilliant overall. Food and drinks were amazing. The person serving in bar was very warn and nice, but the person who took the order wasn't smiling at all, though he served us well, but a smile would have done much better to the experience. So would like to rate 4.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 12:00

Delicious food, lovely atmosphere, very reasonably priced. Staff were very helpful, lots of vegan options too. The choice of meat substitutes was simply refreshing . I would definitely go back again and take more

1 review so far 6
26.08.2016 08:07

The soya food was yum. We had the tandoori platter starter and were surprised how alike the real meat stuff it tasted! Was very tasty. Will go again. And parking is free onsite.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2015 07:27

Fantastic service, food was out on time. There is a very wide range of dishes to select from, very nice evening out to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Will definately be going again.

1 review so far 4
14.02.2016 09:40

Usually very good but the order was messed up a couple of times and one dish came a lot later than the other dishes so there was some waiting involved for our table. Food great as usual but the service needs some improvement based on this experience !

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 08:41

Excellent service and great food. Staff went out of there way to get a birthday cake for my husband. We will visit again and with other family members. A most enjoyable evening.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2015 07:24

It was the first time that we visited this restaurant. We all were very pleasantly surprised. The hospitality was warming and the food was great. Will definitely be going there again soon.

1 review so far 5
07.03.2016 13:55

Nice food. Mens toilets could have been cleaner. Visited three times now with a young child, it would be nice to see you offer plastic cups for child diners and perhaps add mini milkshakes to kids menu.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2016 08:32

Great service and very friendly staff. Had a wonderful time there for my birthday meal. Will definitely be back there soon. Thank you for making my day so special!

1 review so far 6
22.11.2015 22:01

Highly Recommended. This was our second visit and will definitely visit again. Service was exemplary as they were always on hand if needed, even when the restaurant was busy.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2016 08:32

A really nice ambience, decor with really nice food reasonable especially nice to have just veggie choice and non alcoholic drinks. Good customer service. A good evening out.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2016 14:10

Great food, very nice relaxed atmosphere and excellent service. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful. The interior of the restaurant is excellent. Will visit again very soon.

1 review so far 6
23.12.2015 07:35

Excellent quality of food and impeccable service . I would recommend and also I would advise anyone hosting a occasion to definitely book . ****** 7 star service

1 review so far 6
23.12.2015 06:40

Food and environment fantastic, service was also great no waiting times the food flowed in nicely ☺️ I will be visiting again very soon welcome done Kings Lounge

1 review so far 6
10.09.2015 07:59

We were really impressed with the service. The food was delicious too. Have to say is my number one vegetarian restaurant 🍴. Staff were friendly and helpful

1 review so far 6
26.01.2016 12:43

Fantastic food. For vegetarians it's so hard to find good food. Here it was excellent definitely recommend it here staff were on alert too very good service

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 19:21

Awesome services. Delicious food. Specially the welcome drinks weretc too soothing with traditional and western fusion Ambience was also excellent Overall it was a very good experience

1 review so far 5
18.02.2016 10:16

Good customer service, they went out of their way to make us happy. It would have been 6 if I was informed it was a set menu before arriving at the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2016 12:17

Friendly staff and lovely atmosphere! Being a vegan, the options are plenty for me as I normally struggle to eat out. Will definitely be back again!!

1 review so far 6
02.02.2016 08:30

Absolutely fantastic tasty food that is fresh, and the staff very attentive! Went to celebrate a brthday and engagement we will Definitely going back there!

1 review so far 6
09.08.2016 10:51

Really great food, lovely and clean. Nice atmosphere. Great service. Cant believe there is so much choice for vegetarians. Will definitely be going back again

1 review so far 6
26.09.2015 08:08

Lots of choices for veggies, lovely and relaxing atmosphere. Staff helpful and attentive. Food was served hot and was very tasty. Will definitely come again

1 review so far 6
25.09.2015 05:02

It was a great experience. The food was lovely and the atmosphere was great too. The customer service was excellent. I would come here again.

1 review so far 5
16.01.2016 08:13

Really good food, a lot of choice. Staff were very polite and attentive. Reasonably priced too. Parking was very convenient. I would definitely eat there again. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 4
06.03.2016 12:57

No menus, we had to get them ourselves No-one came to take our order, we had to ask to be served No real atmosphere, cold and dark The food was very nice though.

1 review so far 5
23.07.2016 15:37

Awesome food loved every bit of it..i will hopefully visit it again very very soon..vegetarian so can invite all my friends and family too as well

1 review so far 5
12.12.2015 05:47

Food was very nice but service not great.Started off well but by the end of the night staff were too busy chatting or on their phones

1 review so far 5
27.06.2016 11:53

the surroundings inside were very nice and comfortable. The decor wasn't too bad either. The good was very good and I will be going there again.

1 review so far 5
21.09.2015 15:05

Great food and service. Really enjoyed our meals and was a very pleasant experience. Would def go there again. Very welcoming and pleasant staff and enviroment

1 review so far 5
02.06.2017 12:48

excellent service and the food is delicious :) Keep it up! Wish you guys had a restaurant in Nottingham too. I would often love to visit.

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 12:46

Kings Lounge is very well organised, lovely atmosphere and the family and I enjoyed our meal an mocktails. The staff are always friendly and helpful. Thanks

1 review so far 4
15.02.2016 19:33

valentines day Service was good although some staff didn't seem to happy? Food was tasty, main course wasn't very hot. Overall, I'd go again an try ordinary menu.

1 review so far 4
05.10.2015 12:25

Large menu for an "all vegetarian" restaurant . Good food , nice atmosphere . The place was not busy (Sunday evening booking). Would recommend to friends .

1 review so far 4
15.06.2016 11:52

Spoil for choice food wise. Great place but need to check their online booking system a bit more frequently as I was told we hadn't booked!