The beginning of August was a pretty hectic blog month for me. It seemed every week I was off somewhere doing something for the blog. One of my invites was sampling the blogger menu at the Itihaas Indian Restaurant in Birmingham with East Village PR. Indian food is one of my favourites cuisines so I was very much looking forward to it
Itihaas prides itself on being a luxury restaurant. Located on the corner of Fleet Street, a short walk away from Birmingham New Street. It’s website descibes itself as contemporary meeting traditional. On first impression, you can tell that a lot of money has been invested into the restaurant but I personally did find the room we were eating in a little dark. It’s one thing that can put me off a restaurant is eating my food in the dark, which did put a dampner on my experience.
As I arrived I was ushered downstairs with prosecco in hand to mingle with the other bloggers and crictics. The staff were attentive; bringing round prosecco, Torunska vodka cocktails and canapes for us to try. One of my favourites were the Tempura Cod canapes which instantly reminded me of my best friend’s Dad’s cooking. Beautifully light paprika batter and piping hot fresh white fish. Delicious.After mingling, we were seated on two long tables and awaited the food to be bought out. There were 5 main dishes to sample from and sides of rice and garlic and corriander naan bread. The food was well presented, however, it was difficult to capture the photos due to the dark atmosphere.
One of the dishes I was most looking forward to was the Lobster Panchporan. The menu described it as being cooked in 5 spices and a mustard space. Being a huge fish lover and mustard being an essential condiment in the Blogger & The Geek household, it did live up the expectations. One thing that stuck out to me in this dish is that you weren’t fiddling about as you usually do with lobset. The meat had already been scooped out, cooked in the spices and paste then added back into the shell. Perfect and making the food free from fuss!
Another two of my favourite dishes from the night were the Butter Chicken on the Bone and the Roasted Salmon in a Banana Leaf. Butter chicken is my go-to in an Indian Restaurant. The chicken fell off the bone and the sauce was wonderfully creamy and aromatic. The salmon was melt in your mouth salmon with a gorgeous banana after taste. It was one dish I couldn’t get enough of!After our mains, dessert was bought out. Not being a huge dessert person there were quite a few things that didn’t scream out at me. The Apple and Cinnamon Samosas looked wonderfully presented but I didn’t try it as I’m not a fan of cooked apple. I did try the array of ice cream they had on offer. The pistachio ice cream was a definite favourite on our table!
Overall, the food was lovely, well presented and it opened my eyes to try new things when I next go to an Indian restaurant, especially with fish dishes. However, when looking at the prices online, Itihaas is more expensive that your average Indian Restaurant, with the salmon dish costing £15.00. Most of the main dishes are over this £15 bracket, including the chicken dishes. So if you’re looking for something a twist on Indian cuisine and don’t mind spending a few extra pennies, Itihaas would be perfect for you!
I was invited by East PR to review the restaurant’s new menu. All opinions all 100% my own