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Restaurants, Indian Birmingham
4 out of 5 stars
Jilabi, indian restaurant

Bustling restaurant with friendly staff and an excellent value buffet that doesn’t scrimp on quality

For curry houses such  as Sheldon’s Jilabi, buffets are big business, and are well-suited to feasting families with different tastes, small budgets and large appetites. Buffets can go two ways: a dumping ground for the sort of sorry stuff you couldn’t sell otherwise, or a sort of showcase to entice the diner to explore the à la carte on another occasion. Jilabi’s Sunday and Monday all-you-can-eat is the latter, and offers shockingly good value for money at £9.95.

Should buffets not be your bag, the à la carte will take time to trawl. The menu is made up of a mixture of curry house standards and regional dishes, taking in a few slightly bonkers modern innovations that will tempt only those with an appetite for adventure, such as a starter of Indian-spiced fish bedded on parmesan-dressed risotto (£3.95). But given the friendliness of the staff, one can forgive the odd eccentricity – and with a two-for-£22 meal deal on Tuesdays, even a dud dish won’t leave too bad a taste in your mouth.

At the risk of sounding fogey-ish, the cleanly decorated dining room is lit brightly enough to see what you’re eating – generally food that’s plated with a touch more attention to detail than many others in this price range. The good-natured hustle and bustle of Jilabi attests to its popularity and, if alcohol is on your agenda, you’ll probably leave in high spirits – free parting shots are common practice.

By: Zoe Perett


Venue name: Jilabi
Address: 2065 Coventry Road
B26 3DY
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
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