Itihaas meaning ‘History’ is the Hindi derivative of the Sanskrit word – Itihása; dating back to Vedic Sanskrit in 1500BCE.
Itihaas, as the restaurant is aptly named, is an establishment with a vision to capture authentic cuisine as it was served in Hindustan (modern day India and Pakistan).
The flavours travel from the Pakistan to North India to Mumbai to Kenya. A journey through time, the cuisine encapsulates fine food and its transformation along the various periods, from the Maharaja eras to the Moguls to British Raj and finally to modern day Hindustan.
The restaurant’s elegant surroundings are an attempt to capture each of these eras. The Colonial Room is a tribute to the British Raj whereas the lower floor overlooking the canal exhibits the Maharaja Suite. Behind 300 year old doors, leading on from the Maharaja suite is the Tiffin Room. The private suite seats 12 guests and receives a dedicated Butler.
The food and décor at Itihaas combines contemporary and traditional with the view of bringing the ultimate fine dining experience in Indian cuisine to the Midlands.
Basket of Mixed Poppadoms – £3.00
served with Minted Yoghurt, Mango Chutney & Pickled Onions
Tandoori Starter Selection
Salmon steam roasted in a banana leaf – £15.00
Salmon fillets in a flavoursome marinade roasted in banana leaves on a grill.
Rajasthani Murgh Tikka – £12.00
Smoked cheddar, cream and tandoori spiced pieces of tender chicken cooked on skewers in the tandoor.
Salmon & Sea bass Sheekh Kebab – £14.00
A unique shredded salmon & sea bass recipe to form a subtle seafood kebab served with Chilli relish.
Soy Shashlik Tikka – £12.00
Soya cubes in a Tandoori Tikka flavour with roasted onions, tomatoes and peppers.
Ajwani Paneer ka Tukrah – £11.00
Home made Indian cheese, marinated with Itihaas’s own ‘garam masala’ (blend of spices) using yoghurt, ginger, chillies and freshly chopped coriander.
Tandoori Maha Jingha – £17.00
A luxury Tandoori King Prawn grilled in tikka infused with spices in the shell.
Shikari Champey – £15.00
Spring lamb chops charred in its natural flavours, and delicately spiced and drizzled with mint yoghurt.
Indo Chinese Selection
Mirchi Murgh – £13.00
Tender baby chicken, tossed in fresh crushed ginger and garlic. Pan fried with fresh green chillies, dressed with coriander and tomato juliennes.
Scallops – £14.00
Seared scallops presented in its own shell with a coriander, tomato & lemon- garlic butter dressing.
Mirchi Lassoni Jinga on a bed of crispy noodles – £14.00
Batter coated prawns tossed in a flaming wok with chopped garlic, spring onions, garlic, green chillies flavoured with sweet plum chilli sauce with hint of soya sauce on a bed of crispy Noodles.
Chilli Paneer – £13.00
Homemade Indian cheese, stir-fried with spring onion, mixed peppers, chilli and garlic tossed together in a dark soy sauce. Indo-Chinese fusion.
Pilli Pilli Bhoga – £9.00
Assorted tempura vegetables in a light and spicy batter.
Delhi Paapri Chaat – £8.00
Crispy delicate discs of pastry topped with chick peas and potatoes, accompanied by sweet yoghurt and tamarind chuntey.
Samosa Channa Chaat – £10.00
Deconstructed potato samosa braised garam masala spiced chickpeas, cool minted yoghurt topped with tamarind chutney, and finally sprinkled with gram vermicelli or sev.
Dahi Puri – £8.00
Crispy wheat shells, deggi mirch spiced potato and chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, sweetened yoghurt and tamarind water.
Chat patti Gol Guppa – £7.00
Crispy wheat shells, deggi mirch spiced potato and chickpeas, tamarind water, chaat Masala.
Millionaires Gol Guppa – £11.00
Crispy wheat shells, deggi mirch spiced potato and chickpeas, champagne infused tamarind water & chaat masala. (contains alcohol)
Tandoori Salmon and Goats Cheese Samosa – £10.00
Goat’s cheese, lemon steamed salmon and fresh coriander enveloped in a light triangular pastry. served with onion tomato and coriander raita.
Starters to Share (For 2 persons)
Vegetarian Sharing Platter – £20.00
Paneer Tikka, Khasta Samosa, Dhai Puri, Soya Tikka, Pilli Pilli Bhoga
Mixed Platter – £24.00
Lamb & bell pepper Kebabs, Tandoori Lamb Chops, Amritsari Cod and Murgh Tikka kebab.
Koila Murgh – £22.00
Half chicken (4 pieces) marinated in yoghurt and mixed herb paste seared on the bone over piping hot charcoal. Served with soy Bombay potato and paprika mayo.
Lamb and Achari Gosht Masala – £16.95
A spicy tangy lamb dish marinated in mango pickle & turmeric which lends it its rich colour, cooked in mustard oil, fennel seeds and ginger
Laal Mirchi Rogan Josh – £16.00
Tender spring lamb cooked in a red hot onion & tomato gravy, spiced with aromatic garam masala & garnished with freshly chopped coriander
Masala Champay – £18.00
Juicy lamb chops barbecued in a clay oven drizzled in tantalising chutney made from paprika, lemon and its own natural juices.
Nalli Gosht – £18.00
Lamb on the bone stewed in a spicy, thick masala gravy.
XXX Army Rum Lamb Shank Masala – £22.00
Marinated lamb shank, slow cooked with oven roasted tomatoes and sliced onions in a thick Indian Army Rum Masala gravy. (Contains Alcohol)
AFGAHNI RAAN (For 6-8 persons to share) – £69.00
Whole leg of sping lamb marinated for 24 hours, slow cooked with oven roasted tomatoes and sliced onions in a thick Indian Army Rum Masala gravy. (Contains Alcohol)(24 hour advance notice required.)
Methi Murgh Mirch – £14.50
Fresh fenugreek and green chillies cooked with tender chicken in a smoked cream sauce.
Dhaniya Tahree Murgh – £14.50
A Northern Indian household favourite, diced chicken pieces curried in a thin but smooth gravy, cooked on the spicy side with onions, paprika and coriander.
Palak Murgh – £14.50
Tender chicken cooked in a fresh spinach puree in an onions & tomato lipta masala infused with ginger & garlic
Makhani Murgh (Contains nuts) – £15.00
Tender pieces of chicken taken straight from the clay oven and blended into a smoke tomato sauce with generous helpings of cream and yoghurt, and a hint of dried fenugreek.
Murgh tikka Chetinad (Contains nuts) – £15.00
Tandoori chicken tikka in a unique paprika spiced coconut gravy.
Goan Prawn curry – £16.00
Fresh water prawns cooked in coconut red gravy. (Contains nuts)
Maharaja Machali Masala – £16.00
Steamed tilapia fillets in a tangy roast tomato and mustard seed gravy
Prawn & Scallop Mustard Seed Curry – £18.00
Pan seared Scallops & Fresh Water prawns cooked in creamy sauce with mustard seeds
Lobster Paanch Phoren – £29.00
Whole Lobster simmered with five spices in a creamed mustard paste.
SUBZIAN (Vegetarian Main Courses)
Khade Pyaaz Paneer – £13.00
Indian cheese tossed with balsamic vinegar drenched onions
Banarsi Shai Kofta – £12.00
Cottage cheese and dry fruit dumplings in a rich creamy sauce flavoured with cardamom & cinnamon. (Contains nuts)
Makhani Paneer – £13.00
Chunks of Indian cottage cheese drowned in a rich tangy sauce. Laced with cardamom, fresh cream and yoghurt with a subtle hint of chilli recognised as true maharaja cuisine (House favourite). (Contains nuts)
Tadka Dhal – £10.00
Tempered lentils garnished with fresh garlic and brown onions, cooked in a thick soup, a light alternative as a main course or a side order.
Shai Palak Paneer – £13.50
Cubed paneer cooked in a creamed spinach puree in an onions & tomato lipta masala infused with ginger & garlic
Dhal Khadak Singh – £10.00
Mixed black lentils cooked in a creamy yet spicy sauce
Karahi Soya Tikka – £14.00
Soy Tikka marinated in Indian spices, pan fried and served in a deep thick masala gravy
Makhani Dhal – £10.00
Mixed lentils in a creamy rich gravy with ginger garlic and creamed tomatoes. Slightly spiced to tantalise
Smoked Baingan Bharta £10.00
Wood roasted aubergines (skinless pulp) cooked with tomatoes, onions, chillies and fresh coriander.
Sabzi Miloni Handi – £10.00
A mixture of chopped vegetables spiced with garam masala cashew nuts and chillies (contains nuts)
Dhaba Channa Masala – £10.00
Roasted chickpeas slow cooked in thick Masala gravy with cumin, ground turmeric and fresh coriander.
Chilli Rogan Naan (Spiced Naan) – £3.00
Makhan Naan (Buttered Naan) – £2.75
Lasuni Naan (Garlic Naan) – £3.00
Roomali Roti – £3.50
Wafer thin flat bread folded together to create a pancake envelope.
Tandoori Roti – £3.00
Crispy leavened bread cooked in the base of the tandoor.
Amritsari Kulcha – £4.00
Garlic and onion stuffed bread prepared in the clay oven.
Laacha Parantha – £3.25
Wholemeal leavened bread prepared in the clay oven, multi layered and folded, brushed with ghee between each layer.
Roti ki Tokri – £6.25
A selection of assorted breads for those who are indecisive, served in a tokri (basket).
BASMATI KHAZANA (Assorted rice dishes)
Sahdey Chawal – £3.50
Plain steamed basmati rice.
Jeera Chawel (cumin infused rice) – £4.00
Mushroom & Truffle Oil Pilau – £5.00
Using basmati rice, saffron and a unique blend of herbs.
Available in the following combinations:
Murgh (chicken) Biryani – £16.00
Gosht (lamb) Biryani – £18.00
Jingha (prawns) Biryani – £18.00
Vegetable Biryani – £14.00
AUR SAATH MEIN (Side dishes)
Rangey Raita – £3.50
A thick yoghurt made colourful with chopped cucumber onion and tomato.
Pomegranate Raita – £4.00
A thick salted yoghurt made with chopped tomato and pomegranate.
Punjabi Salad – £4.00
Chopped green salad with paprika, red chilli powder and lemon juice.
KUCH MEETAH (Selection of desserts)
Garam Gajar Halwa Tart aur Naram Kulfi (Contains nuts) – £6.00
Homemade hot carrot cake sprinkled with chopped almonds, served with Pistachio kulfi ice-cream.
Traditional Gulab Jamun (Contains nuts) – £4.00
Two sweet dumplings fried in hot sugar syrup. Garnished with chopped pistachios and cashew nuts.
Rasmali with pistachios and stawberies (Contains nuts) – £4.50
Creamed sponge pudding in a rich milk and pistachio base.
Apple Jalebi with Malai Kulfi (Contains nuts) – £7.00
Fresh Brambley Apple rings covered in a light golden syrup batter served with Almond Kulfi ice –cream.
Chocolate & coconut samosa with Pistachio kulfi (Contains alcohol & nuts) – £6.00
Fresh coconut and milk chocolate filled delicate samosas flambéed with fresh orange juice, caramelised Demerera sugar & Cointreau.
Dessert Sharing Platter (Contains nuts) – £14.00
Chocolate samosa, Chilli Chocolate Cake, Pistachio Kulfi, with 2 Chai Lassi Shots.
Burnt Orange Chocolate Cake – £8.00
Chocolate cake smothered in a chocolate sauce, served with a slice of tandoori glazed mandarin segments.
Chai Masala Mousse – £8.00
A fluffy & airy milky mousse infused with Indian chai spices of cinnamon, cardamom & nutmeg served with an almond biscotti.