1580 - There's a New Contemporary
Indian Dining Restaurant in Town.
Last week I was invited along to a brand new Indian in Sutton Coldfield called 1580 Restaurant along side lots of other great Birmingham Bloggers for our annual meet. It's a great little place located on Chester Road and right around the corner from my house. From the outside it looks very posh, it's lit very well and has a great authentic theme of black and gold. Inside there's a continuing theme of good lighting, comfy seating with a touch of fine dining. You feel very welcomed, the staff are all lovely and very friendly. Everyone is welcomed in with open arms. I was made to feel at ease very quickly and settled in just fab.
The name, 1580 comes from the year Sir Francis Drake brought Spice to the UK. You can see this inside as there are several beautiful paintings of ships on the walls and also lots of other little nautical touches throughout. The décor inside is all very charming and fresh.
As there was a large group of us we didn't get to try the full menu but we did get to try lots of lovely dishes from a set menu that was served on sharing platters for us to share with our new friends. It was a great way to break the ice and really made for an interesting evening.
The Starters for me were the real show stoppers as the Masala Cone Poppadoms were amazing! I'd never seen Poppadoms served in cones before but wow, were they great. They were served alongside three accompaniments: onion, tomato and chaat masala. Each one was delicious and really tasty. I could have quite easily eaten lots more of these.
Next up we tried some of the other Starters:
For our Mains we were served up a selection of curries including:
- Bater Curry (Quail Railway Curry)
- Murgh Tikka Masala (Chicken Tikka Masala)
- Pot Pepper Lamb Curry
Each dish was lovely and tasted really good. I was happy with everything that I tasted. I would like to go back for a whole meal to see what it's all served like when you dine in as a paying customer. The taste and flavours were all there, I just though the presentation of the mains wasn't as pretty as the Starters had been but being served them to share may have been the cause of that so that's nothing major to worry about really. The food was good!
At the end of the meal there was one more little show stopper. Your waiter brings over a little dish with a white towel in and pours water over it making it expand before your very eyes until it grows into a full sized hand towel to clean your hands which was pretty cool.
Overall, I had a really lovely night and enjoyed the meeting lots of new people. The service was very friendly and the food was delicious. What more could you ask for when dining out?
As I live so local, I am planning a return visit real soon, so I'll let you know how I get on.