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.
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.
Great food! So far the best restaurant for vegetarians. Must try dishes - Manchurian, Tikki chaat, Chicken karahi, Paneer makahni, Garlic nan and Chilli Kulcha
Fantastic Service and great food - would recommend to all who want to try amazing vegetarian and vegan food - the staff were friendly and went the extra mile - thank you and see you again soon
It was great experience. Booking online was easy and professional every instructions clear. People serving and looking after most helpful and caring. Environment is so rexaing beautiful light music. Highly recommended
The food is great service is fab no complaints. Everytime we have been can't fault it. Its clean and tidy. The children loved the drinks and food.
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.
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!
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,
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.
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.
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.