Monthly Archives: August 2016

Summer Sizzlers on the Menu

Whether the sun is high in the sky or its pouring with rain, Indian food can brighten your day with its exotic blends of spices and sumptuous colours. So what’s stopping you enjoying a sizzling summer’s feast at Itihaas, Birmingham’s favourite Indian restaurant.

Head to the Jewellery Quarter’s finest curry house one evening and order yourself a delicious variety of dishes that will give you that summer feeling. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to order, we’ve picked out some of the menu’s highlights to get you started.

To begin, why not try the seared scallops presented in their own shell and flavoured with fresh coriander and served with tomato and lemon garlic butter dressing from the Indo-Chinese selection. It’s a real favourite on the menu and a great way to begin your Deli feast.

Then, cleanse your pallet with an ice cold beer and move on to tender pieces of chicken taken straight from the clay oven and blended into a smoked tomato sauce with generous helpings of cream and yoghurt, with a hint of dried fenugreek.

Once you’ve rested and absorbed the ambient surroundings, get a little exotic with fresh coconut and milk chocolate filled delicate samosas flambéed with fresh orange juice, caramelised sugar & Cointreau – you won’t be disappointed!

So, if your taste buds are feeling tantalised then book a table here or call 0121 212 3383.

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Itihaas – Expect the Unexpected

If you’ve ever left an Indian restaurant slightly disappointed, with a feeling of déjà vu (same ol’ menu, different building) then grab your friends and your appetite, and head to Itihaas, Birmingham’s answer to fine Indian cuisine.

You’ll be transported thousands of miles to the lands of spice and flavour, dine like Maharajas surrounded by opulent décor with menus that boast authenticity and offer guests the unexpected.

The lunch menu in particular will make any business bite or meeting more of a joy than a chore with its varied and eclectic flavours, offering something for all. The selection of lunch buckets and wraps are great for quick bites to eat when you want something tasty during your break or if your tastebuds fancy something a bit more substantial, then try the Mumbai High Tea for two or the Thalis selections (pre-plated meals).

You won’t find anything at Itihaas that you can get out of a jar of Uncle Ben’s, everything is cooked fresh and will take you on a culinary journey through the North of India with a couple of stops through Kenya and vibrant Mumbai on the way.

So, if you fancy a curry with a difference then book a table here or call 0121 212 3383.

MENU PICK

Chicken Tikka Wrap in a choice of naan or chapatti with lemon and herb salad and Bombay scented chips.

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Foodies’ Feast fires up Birmingham Bloggers’ Appetites

Pulling out all the stops for Brum’s best bloggers, Itihaas welcomed 35 foodies to dine out on their brand-new dishes. The guests sampled Itihaas’ summer sizzlers, which were debuted that evening to resounding praise. With scallops, lobster, tempura, and even Sambuca, making up the impressive menu, Itihaas made sure this was an Indian foodie feast like no other.

The event took place in the restaurant’s Maharaja Suite, allowing the bloggers to mingle amongst history before beginning their feast. Champagne was served on arrival, with canapés to follow. However, these were no ordinary starters: spiced cod tempura, salmon and goats’ cheese samosas, chicken tikka wraps, lamb koftas and papri chaat were all served up, fusing traditional Indian tastes with contemporary flavours.

Of course, no Itihaas meal would be complete without a cocktail or two, and the eclectic menu was painstakingly paired with drinks that complemented these innovative ingredients. Four cocktails entered the mix, each being built around “Poland’s Best-Kept secret”, Torunska Vodka. The spirit’s velvety smooth taste, blended with the delicate flavours of hibiscus, lychee, and cardamom, making for sweet sensations to off set the spice.

Next came the mains. Joining forces with firm favourites butter chicken and nalli gosht, new-comers scallop and prawn masala, and salmon in banana leaf made their mark. However, arguably the star of the show was the lobster panchporan: served in its shell, the curry was fiery and flavoursome, while still letting the lobster take centre stage.

Sealing the deal with dessert, Itihaas’ foodies’ feast showcased four of the best. A creamy chai masala mousse, apple and cinnamon samosas, and pomegranate and pistachio rasmali satisfied the sweet toothed bloggers, not to mention the flaming gulab jammun! Spiked with Sambuca, the gulab jammuns were where sweet-treats met boozy tipples. Finished off with a bright green, crème-de- menthe creation, the aperitifs were not for the faint-hearted.

The foodies’ feast was definitely a feat! If you would like to try the brand-new dishes for yourself, now’s your chance. You can book a table here, or by calling 0121 212 3383. What’s more, Itihaas is teaming up with celebrity chef Hardeep Singh Kohli for an evening of curry and comedy on 16 September. Tickets are already on sale here, so make sure not to miss out.

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