One cold, pre-Christmas evening I found my way to Snowhill. (I’m getting better at Birmingham!) Where I met the girls to head for dinner at Hen and Chickens.
After chatting to a few people ahead of our visit, I quickly discovered that Hen and Chickens has a fantastic reputation. Upon arrival the place already busy and we look at each other nervously. Had our dinner plans been foiled already?! It is a cosy pub that offers informal Indian dining and the smell from the kitchen is divine. Panicked and hungry we hoped we would get a table. After discovering the bigger back room seating area, it’s ok, we’re seated for dinner and can order to our hearts content.
As you do we started with popadoms. Massive and not at all greasy, these circles of joy (thanks Laura for that perfect description!) were served with the usual. A more-ish mint yogurt sauce, chopped onions and a spicy sauce. Not bad at all. We washed these down with giant gin and tonics. Me on the Beefeater 24, the others on that cucumber containing Hendricks. There was a wait, but we didn’t mind, we’d gauged that something amazing was coming. Plus we had more gin.
Our dishes all arrived together, and we probably needed another table if I’m honest. Generous portions meant we were not gonna go hungry. Our only regret, not ordering that mixed grill. We’d decided on Whatsapp like a week before that Paneer was occurring. The Saag Paneer was mildly spiced, big chunks of paneer mixed with wonderfully melty spinach. I haven’t had a Saag Paneer this good in AGES. We also ordered a Paneer Tikka. This was dry compared to the saag. Spiced with garam masala flavour and crispy edges, it was divine!
Next up some meaty dishes. The Chicken Rogan Josh has delicately spiced chicken that melts in the mouth. The sauce is not particularly spicy, but it’s delicious and I much enjoyed mopping this up with my naan. Our most expensive choice is the Lamb Dhansak, is a sweet and sour curry. This has incredibly tender chunks of lamb with wonderful nuggets of pineapple. This is good for dipping Peshwari Naan in.
I think for all of us though there was one stand out for meat eaters and veggies alike. The utterly glorious Tharka Dhal was just so god damned tasty! It was rich, smoky, thick and just incredible. I wish they delivered to Worcester. Our last main, the Fish Curry was alright, but not what any of us were hoping for. When we asked the server what fish was used, they couldn’t tell us. It was a bit of a dud if I’m honest.
That wasn’t all the food though. We basically wanted to eat the world, and we did. I made us order the Masala Fries, these had a wonderful cumin/garam masalla kick to them. Even when I thought I was full, I still kept nibbling on these – I have no shame. The Veggie Samosa was also ordered, but sadly this was quite greasy on this occasion, we didn’t finish these. The Garlic Naan and Peshwari Naan were just wonderful and the perfect addition for curry dippers.
Overall we may have had some small issues, but we were all in agreement that this was a fantastic meal. It was incredibly good value and incredibly tasty. I’d probably recommend booking for Thurs/Fri/Sat as we were there on a Tues and it was ruddy busy the entire time. This place clearly has a fantastic reputation that it deserves.
Have you checked out Hen and Chickens? What would you order? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We paid in full for our meal at Hen and Chickens. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Hen and Chickens is located at 27 Constitution Hill, Birmingham B19 3LE.