If a culinary experience is meant to take you on a journey, then there’s nowhere quite like Itihaas. Translated as ‘History’, Itihaas is an aptly named restaurant that captures a wide range of notable flavours and dishes inspired by different time periods, from the Maharaja eras to the Moguls, British Raj, and finally modern day Hindustan. By reaching across the ages, the Itihaas team have created a vast menu of intriguing fine foods that encourages you (the diner) to explore un-savoured territory and discover new favourites.
The space itself reflects this notion of exploring different periods and brings them into a physical setting. Each room seems to have a slightly different theme to it; for example, the Colonial Room is a tribute to the British Raj, with modern furnishings surrounded by historic black and white photography from the period. Then there’s the Maharaja Suite, that has elegant long tables and a premium view of the canal outside. And if you’re looking to hire out a suite, then the Tiffin Room is for you; hidden behind a 300 year old door embellished in engraved shapes and spheres, this intimate space is perfect for twelve guests and receives a dedicated butler. All in all, there’s a sense of unpretentious sophistication to Itihaas, owing to its blend of contemporary and traditional fine dining elements.
During lunchtime service, the Itihaas team dedicate their menu to lighter bites with a street food edge. Expect warming wraps (stuffed with chicken tikka, paneer tikka, or Sheekh kebabr) and bulky Bombay burgers (the Mint Lamb Tikki is our personal favourite here), each served with bombay scented or gunpowder fries. But we almost always go in on the Thali selection to get a full taste for what Itihaas is all about: featuring a cracking selection of meat, vegetable, lentil and rice dishes, it’s a great way to sample a lot of dishes that the team have on offer.
In the evenings, an a la carte menu takes over, displaying a wealth of rice dishes inspired by traditional eats from Pakistan and North India to Mumbai and Kenya. We 100% recommend getting a sharing board to start so you don’t miss out on anything. When it comes to the main dishes, there’s a lot to choose from - but don’t feel intimidated as there’s not a bad dish in sight. You’ve got this.
Itihaas is a real gem on the Birmingham food scene, and offers an insight into a whole world of exciting eats. Head here and begin a new culinary adventure.