Stylish, well-constructed Indian cuisine that has garnered plenty of publicity – and with good reason
Possibly Birmingham’s best-known Indian restaurant, Lasan has ridden a wave of publicity ever since it was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘The F Word’ in 2010, and is one of the showpieces of the city’s rich Indian food tradition.
Lasan is located among the quaint Victorian buildings of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, backing onto the leafy St Paul’s Square, making it a great little spot for bar hopping and restaurant dining.
The decor is a fusion of modern and traditional; fancy mirrors and ornaments – including a large wooden sitar – adorn the space.
Fine dining is the guiding principle at Lasan, and every dish is carefully constructed and beautifully presented. The ingredients also reveal a commitment to using high-quality British produce to create exquisite Indian platters. Thus, you’ll find real gems such as the mouthwatering soft shell Devonshire crab in Kashmiri chilli batter (£12.95), and the excellent pan-fried fillet of Cornish mackerel with Keralan moilee sauce (£19.95).
The marriage of Indian flavours with fresh homegrown produce is an absolute winner for Lasan.
3-4 Dakota Buildings
St Paul's Square
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6-11pm; Sat 6-11pm; Sun noon-9pm|
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Hugely overpriced for what it is (example: have no idea how they justify charging £6.95 for a side of cauliflower and onion), though that's not to say some dishes aren't delicious. Found it hard to see past all the crowing about the F Word and Great British Menu and, and, and... I understand that that might be what leads people to visit, but then there's even less need to bang on about it at every possible opportunity. Wine list also eye-wateringly expensive... the menu in general doesn't have much range in pricing – it's an expensive night out, or an expensive night out. Maybe I was just stung that amazing Indian fine dining in the centre of London is so much better value than going home for it.