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4.8 /6 Excellent 69 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

69 Reviews

4.8 /6 Excellent 69 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
Noise: mute
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
21.09.2017 07:32

Fantastic vegetarian and vegan food served with a great fast service. I would recommend this to anyone... and really looking forward to my next visit.

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 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.

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.

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 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
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.