Inspired by the bustling street markets of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, Zindiya is a bright and buzzy hangout in Birmingham’s food scene. It certainly sets the scene: The walls replicate these busy markets, with hand-painted murals (created by local artists) depicting street scenes amongst a plethora of punchy light boxes resembling Indian shop signage; above the heads of diners on colourful upcycled furniture, a web of fairy lights create a visual sense of sitting under the stars in an outdoor space. Ajay & Shivani Kenth (the husband and wife duo behind Zindiya) have meticulously designed each and every part of the space to give it a warm and authentic feel; a realistic street food hub in the comfort of a neighbourhood eatery.
Zindiya doesn’t just look the part; it’s menu takes note of India’s cavernous culinary landscape, presenting an inventive display of street food favourites (such as the samosa chaat and pav bhaji) and inspired surprises (order the okra fries) created with fresh herbs and high-quality fragrant spices. And you can leave the food envy at home - designed to be enjoyed like a tapas menu, the food here is served in smaller sharing portions, ensuring you can try a little bit of everything that takes your fancy. Seriously, do yourself a favour and order as much as you can - you won’t regret it!
Not only does the food leave a positive mark on your memory, but the cocktails are well worth getting your mitts on too. Each cocktail takes influence from different regions of India, with the menu laid-out like a map to pin-point places. For those who like a drink with a spicy kick, order the Mumbai Mule: Zindiya’s version of the popular early-1950s cocktails, made with fresh root of ginger, turmeric and galangal. Like it sweet? Then the Bengal’s Langer’s Punch is for you.
This convivial home of Indian-inspired street food eats serves up a belting atmosphere with its unique setting, creative menu and cracking cocktails. Strap yourselves in; you’re in for a very good time.