The Gastronome Restaurant Reviews - Opheem, 65 Summer Row, Birmingham B3 1JJ

Visit: 11 February 2022, dinner for four people

Price: **

Website: https://opheem.com/

Awards: 1 Michelin Star

 The Review:

Opheem is the only Michelin starred Indian restaurant outside of London.  I’ve visited before and you can find my previous reviews here in 2020 and 2021.  There has been a small refurb since my last visit – the pink tree has gone from the lounge, as has the bar.  The lounge is now a quieter area where you can enjoy your canapes and cocktails.  The food is as good as it ever was.

On this visit we chose the ten-course tasting menu (£115 per person) and the 7-course wine flight (£85 per person).

Stuart Clarke Restaurant ReviewThe menu changes on a regular basis to reflect the seasonality of the produce.  There were some old favourites, such as the Aloo Tuk potatoes, the superb Orkney scallop, and the milk loaf.  There was a remarkable Tandoori carrot dish that was packed with flavour.  The main meat dish was an outstanding Creedy Carver duck which was perfectly cooked, with a hint of the charcoal barbecue, served with turnip and pearl barley.

The food at Opheem is superb, as is the level of service.

The 10-Course Tasting Menu:

SNACKS

Selection of amuse bouche courses from the kitchen

PAKORA

Confit hogget, garlic, coriander, cumin with hot broth

GAJAR – Lucknow

Tandoori carrot, lentil pakora, chutney

TISRIA – West Bengal

Orkney scallop, tandoor spices, cucumber, charcoal

ALOO TUK – Sindhi

Achaari pink fir potato, tamarind

GOAN FISH CURRY – Goa

Cod, smoked aubergine, goan sauce

PAU – Mumbai

Milk loaf served with spiced pate

CHETTINAD – Tamil Nadu

Creedy carver duck, turnip, pearl barley

REWANDCHINI – North Indian

Yorkshire rhubarb, stem ginger

RASMALAI – Bengal

Milk curd, pistachio, almond

The Food:

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