Itihaas Brasserie opened in 2012 within the Birmingham Selfridges Food Hall. It was a new concept offering Itihaas’s original renowned Indian cuisine (their main Birmingham restaurant has won the best restaurant award in the UK Cobra Good Curry Guide) and high standards, yet in a casual setting. The brasserie was an instant success, I ate there quite soon after the opening and loved the food and the buzzing atmosphere. Last weekend I decided it was high time for a revisit, and so I decided to lunch there whilst I was enjoying the Bullring’s Autumn Fashion Fix.
Itihaas is located right in the heart of the ground floor of Selfridges Birminham. This area makes up most of Selfridges dining offering. The luscious smells of Mumbai Street Food greet you as you wait to be seated, fabulous aromas that give just a taste of what is to come. I was seated very quickly and was very impressed with the friendliness of the staff as I chatted about the menu – I like the fact that food can be tailored to your taste, so curries can be made as hot (or, in my case, as mild) as required.
The brasserie has a good menu, comprising delicious wraps, curries, and Mumbai street food. I noticed lots of the diners were enjoying Indian Kulfi Ice Shakes, with Mango proving to be very popular. I opted to try the Karahi Chicken Tikka Masala, which was accompanied by steamed Basamati rice and Naan bread.
I was impressed with how quickly my food came on what was a very busy Saturday lunchtime. The curry was steaming hot and was very flavorsome – not too hot, but not bland either. The curry dish was filled to the top and contained lots of chicken tikka which was soft and tender, it simply ripped apart and had nothing in common with the tough pieces of tikka you can often get from takeaway curries. I loved the pieces of pepper and onion that added additional flavour to the dish. The portion size was reasonable, and when combined with the rice and nan bread, it was a very filling dish.
The rice was also perfect. I love my rice to be soft and fluffy, and this was just that. The lightness of the flavour was the classic accompaniment to the curry, and with the pieces of nan bread perfect for mopping around the bowl, I can assure you there was nothing left of this meal.
Itihaas is a great lunchtime destination for fine food, there are literally so many dishes on the menu you will want to try. I am hoping to return soon to try the wraps and the Bombay Chilli Chips, which come highly recommended.
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*I was given a voucher for a meal at Itihaas at the Bullring Blogger event, all opinions are my own.