“Impressive and imaginative Indian cooking with a real striving to push flavour boundaries.” - AA Inspector
BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
Our Inspector's view
Opheem is on Summer Row close to University College Birmingham, and offers modern Indian cuisine with a real view to test boundaries. The cooking inspiration comes from all over the world, not least from a number of different Indian regions and ethnicities which are well represented on the impressive 10-course tasting menu. Among the starting dishes, perhaps choose Rassam featuring heritage tomatoes, coriander and basil. Mains might be the well-timed Rogon Josh with bold and wonderfully punchy sauce. End with the Anaabnaas, a pineapple roasted in a tandoori style – a slight char to one side creates contrast with the deep roasting that really brings out the sweetness and sugars.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
- Closed: 25–29 December
- Cuisine style: Modern Indian
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Discover West Midlands
After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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