If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll already know how much I love curry. This love of curry has become stronger as I have lived in Birmingham and I’m always finding new curry houses and restaurants to try.
Regards is situated in Edgbaston, just outside Birmingham city centre, and markets itself as a luxury Asian cuisine restaurant.
On entry, we were warmly greeted and shown to our table. The restaurant has just been refurbished so the décor was nice, and given it was a Thursday evening the atmosphere was great with the restaurant being about a third full.
We started things off with a beer, dry January had broken, but I mean come on a curry without beer just isn’t the same. It also started off with me being cross at Chris because he forgot it was our 4 year anniversary, even though I had reminded him the Monday before we went. Men are great aren’t they…
Looking through the menu I was overwhelmed by choice. To be honest, I didn’t recognise the names of a lot of the dishes, which I actually quite like, you know the food will be more authentic this way and it wasn’t a typical curry house catering to the Brits. Our server explained they were all from Bangladesh and so the food was dishes from there. We asked for some recommendations, as we were stuck on to what to have!
To start things off we had the usual poppadoms and chutney. I have to say the poppadoms were great and not greasy at all, the chutneys were also nice but would have liked a spicier chilli sauce.
For starters we had Tikka Salmon and Kodi Vepudu. The Kodi Vepudu (pictured above) was basically sliced chicken in a sort of light batter and then cooked in a spicy curry sauce. I’d not heard of this before, but the server said it was his favourite, and gosh it was delicious! I would absolutely definitely order it again. The tikka salmon was also lovely, and the salmon was cooked to perfection.
For mains we had three curries served with pilau rice and a garlic naan. SO MUCH FOOD. I was absolutely stuffed afterwards, but they were all so good. Curry number one was a House Lamb Special. This was a tomato based curry of medium spice, with chunks of lamb meat. The meat was lovely and tender and the curry sauce was full of flavour, and great if you like a little bit of spice but not too much heat!
Curry number two was Jhinga Amritsari. It was king prawns cooked with onions, garlic, mild spices and in a creamy sauce. The prawns were massive and really meaty, the sauce was nice but we both found it quite rich and we were glad that we had the other two curries to balance it out.
The final curry was a Regards Tawa. They call these dishes their speciality. We went for the Chicken Jalfrezi version which was marked as hot. It did have a kick, but I didn’t find it unbearable and I’m not the best with spice! It came out on a big sizzling dish, and is spiced meat cooked with onion, peppers and lots of spices. It was both of our favourite, packed full of flavour.
Whilst we were eating, our server mentioned how on Tuesday’s they are starting a new deal soon where you can go and try new dishes. You pay a set amount (around £12 I think he said) and the chefs cook new dishes that aren’t necessarily on the menu. You then can try everything they cook. This sounds amazing and definitely something that Chris and I are going to go and try! It’s a great way to try some authentic cooking and new dishes you wouldn’t necessarily usually try! They were also mentioning about introducing a movie & curry night. You can follow them on social media, or sign up to their newsletter to be the first to hear when it launches.
27 Chad Square, Hawthorne Road, Edgbaston,
Birmingham, B15 3TQ
Disclosure: I was invited to review the new menu and relaunch of Regards by Captivate Hospitality, our meal was free of charge, but all opinions are my own and I was not pressured to do a positive review, I just genuinely loved the food.