When I first moved to Worcester I had no idea what the local blogging scene was like. Turns out, it’s fairly quiet, but it is getting there. But the joy of working in Birmingham has meant I’ve been able to moonlight as a Brum Blogger. The first event I ever went too was at Itihaas and recently I was invited back to check out the menu updates.
Birmingham has a growing Indian food scene, from the super fancy right down to the street food kind (I’ve already blogged about a couple of these). But Itihaas is one of the fancier ones, if you’re looking for a date night curry I would already be recommending them to you from my previous visit. On my latest visit I was invited along with a gaggle of Birmingham bloggers for a night of serious foodieness. So whilst we didn’t get to pick our meal, the restaurant picked a great selection to show off. Or so I thought anyway!
We started off with lots of canapes, but because of my greed I forgot to take photos. I assure you they were good, but I can also assure you the main event was more exciting. The dinner started off with a gorgeous Soft Shell Crab. A light batter, not soggy, perfectly spiced as well, encompassed the soft shell crab. I won’t lie, I could’ve eaten more. We were then given a selection platter of starters (that would be larger if you ordered off the menu) that included Reshmi Lamb Tikka, Chargrilled Salmon Fillet and Salmon and Seabass Fish Cake Tikki. These were all wonderful, spiced perfectly so that none of the flavour of the meat or fish was lost. Both the fish and meat fell apart at the touch of a fork, and the deep fried fish cake was not soggy or over cooked. Perfect.
For mains we had to make room for a ridiculous amount of curry. The dishes we tried were the Jaipur Lamb Tikka, Methi Murgh Mirch, Goan Lobster Curry and Tandoori Soya Tikka Masala. For me the highlight was the lobster. The curry was full of soft, creamy chunks of lobster meat, but so wonderfully spiced that the flavour of the lobster was not lost. I actually hogged this rather a lot (sorry guys) but I got a little sample of the others and they were delicious too. Although the lamb was probably the one I would be least likely to order. With our mains we had Truffle Oil & Poppy Seed and Chilli Olive Naans that were wonderfully cooked and perfect for mopping up our plates. By the end of this I was far too full for dessert… But some of the others did go for it!
The service was great, but I’m going to have to go back and see for myself. At an event like this it’s hard to review the service. However, what I can vouch for is the food. What we ate that evening was impeccable. The chefs at Itihaas have some incredible dishes and next time maybe I’ll stop for dessert?!
Are you an Indian food fan? Have you been to Itihass before? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was a guest of Itihaas for the evening. All words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Itihaas is located at 18 Fleet St, Birmingham B3 1JL.