Birmingham is home to some of the hottest Indian fine dining in the country. Now joining the city’s critically-acclaimed restaurant scene is the new opening from Saffron.
Saffron Restaurant Group already has two successful local restaurants in the West Midlands and is expanding into the heart of Birmingham’s city centre.
Their new 60 seat restaurant showcases Chef Patron Sudha Saha’s uncompromising quest to refine Indian cuisine. He says: “My aim is to create a journey of taste and texture, by fusing seasonal produce with global influences to give diners the most sensational food they have ever tasted.”
Saffron’s lunch, pre-theatre, a la carte and five course taster menus will be updated quarterly with the best quality seasonal ingredients. Nalli Gosht is Welsh lamb shank which is marinated overnight, so that the tender, succulent, meat falls off the bone and practically melts in the mouth. A grilled free range chicken breast is flavoured with a satin smooth makhni, red amaranth and mooli relish to add a playful zest. Vegetarians can also expected to sated, with an exotic pairing of ingredients in Paneer Pasanda, a mille feuille wafer thin layers of paneer cheese and apple chutney, served with lime and mint cous cous and a peanut sesame sauce. Chef Saha uses his own special blend of pickling curry, made from achari sauce and nigella seeds, with the Highland venison steak in Junglee Venison, which is just one of the innovative twists to Indian cuisine that diners can expect at Saffron.
This expertise in creating dishes that both surprise and delight the palate has won many accolades for Chef Saha and Saffron. Last year Saffron was awarded Midlands’ regional winner of The Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award and in August this year they were awarded their first AA rosette. Chef Saha believes that this is the first step to achieving a much coveted Michelin star.
Saffron’s interior takes its inspiration from the world’s most expensive spice, by featuring a blend of subtle gold hues. Diners can relax in comfort in chenille- covered armchairs, or sit in the spacious booths with tables covered in crisp white linen tablecloths. Each wall features different textures, from baroque wallpaper and recycled bamboo to exposed brickwork, which are complimented by soft golden lighting. Set in an attractive period building, the bright and airy ground floor restaurant is just moments from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Town Hall Symphony Hall.
Saffron Managing Director Aklasul Momin said “We already have two successful neighbourhood restaurants in Worcester and Odlbury and felt that the time is right to expand to the heart of Birmingham with our style of Indian fine dining. We’ll be in great company with Asha’s and Lasan close by, especially as there is a growing appetite for exceptionally high quality Indian cuisine by local businesses and visitors to the city.”
- Saffron is located at 126 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 3PA
- Open Monday to Saturday for lunch, noon – 2.30pm and dinner 5.30pm – 11.30pm.
- Call 0121 212 0599 for reservations.
- Average price £35 – £40 per head.