Review: Dishoom Birmingham. Best Curry in Brum!

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Have you ever been really excited to visit a restaurant but had to wait for months, and months, and months?! This is exactly how I have felt about Dishoom Birmingham. Whilst it officially opened a year ago, for much of that time we’ve been encouraged to stay home. We finally managed a visit when restaurants reopened their doors and all I can say is it was well worth the wait.

Dishoom Birmingham menu

The main reason for being so very excited about a visit to Dishoom is that everyone raves about the food. This is not just a nice curry in a posh restaurant. The food here will blow your mind!

black bowl holding 3 vegetarian samosas
Vegetarian Samosa

The menu is set out in a way to encourage sharing. It’s small plates which can be combined to make up a large meal. Our waiter took a lot of time to go through all the options, advising us on spice levels and dietary requirements. Recommending options that would go well together and sizes of each dish.

silver plate of lamb cutlets
Spicy lamb chops

A few real stand outs for me were the chilli chicken – so spicy but so delicious we couldn’t stop eating it. And the mutton curry with meat so tender it just melted away as we ate. The Chicken Ruby is the best chicken curry I have ever tasted and I don’t say that lightly!

bowl of chilli chicken infront of a large jug of kingfisher beer
Chilli Chicken
bowl of mutton curry with a side of naan bread
Mutton Curry

Don’t panic and feel like you have to order everything in one go. Start with a few dishes and keep adding to your order. You can read the full menu online before you visit.

Dishoom Vegan Options

I was super impressed with the vegan options at Dishoom. There is a separate vegan menu available so just ask the waiter when you arrive. The Behl which was a grainy salad of pugged rice, herbs and pomegranate went down particularly well with both vegans and meat eaters in our party.

bowl of colourful vegan house chaat from dishoom
House Chaat
behl vegan started at dishoom birmingham

The salad options were absolutely huge with just enough spice to make them totally moreish.

bowl of vegan food with small allergy sign in it

Dishoom Outdoor Seating

Dishoom is located in Chamberlain Square where the old library was. This part of Birmingham has gone through huge regeneration over the past few years and is absolutely beautiful. Gone are the dated 70s buildings of my childhood making the stunning buildings of the city centre of old stand loud and proud.

You can sit outside the front of Dishoom and people watch. This would be a lovely spot to enjoy a pre dinner gin.

outdoor seating area at dishoom birmingham overlooking chamberlain square

What to drink at Dishoom Birmingham

Speaking of which lets move on to drinks. The drinks menu at Dishoom is extensive with plenty of cocktails, beers and soft drinks available. We opted for some ice cold Kingfisher beers to start and a bottle of wine to accompany our wines. All recommended by our lovely waiter.

bottle of red wine with bright green leather sofa in the back

For non drinkers there are a couple of cocktails on the menu – not the sickly sweet fruit juice after thoughts so often found on menus. The dry old fashioned was particularly good and felt suitably grown up.

lady drinking non alcoholic cocktail at dishoom

Restaurant Design

The restaurant design is based around Bombay’s Swadeshi Market. It’s all dark wood, quirky touches with the occasional splash of colour. This is the place for raucous meals with friends, for laughter and noise. For families catching up and enjoying wonderful food together. It’s beautiful and friendly and definitely not stuck up fine dining.

tables at dishoom birmingham

Design is based on the original Irani cafes of old Bombay and the hustle and bustle does make it feel very authentic.

the bright blue bar area at dishoom birmingham

Good to know

Dishoom Birmingham address

One Chamberlain Square
B3 3AX

Dishoom Birmingham parking

Whenever we drive in to Birmingham we park at the Town Hall multi-storey, affectionally know as the red cube. It is located on Brunel Street, B1 1TA and always seems to have space plus it’s within easy walking distance of most parts of the city. I would however recommend hopping on a train and saving yourself the Birmingham traffic trauma. You can easily walk to Dishoom from Birmingham New Street station.

Dishoom Birmingham takeaway

Much of the menu can be ordered as a takeaway including our favourites, the chilli chicken and Chicken Ruby. If you would like it delivered then you can use Deliveroo straight to your door.

dark wood table at dishoom Birmingham

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