Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m a little bit obsessed with Indian food so if there’s a new Indian place to eat and drink in town, I’m all over it, via tweets, gifs, ‘grams, it’s on my radar. So when I heard the rumblings of the Indian Brewery opening under Snow Hill’s railway arches, I was in.
The Indian Brewery started out and still is a craft beer brewery, supplying Birmingham Lager, IPA, Indian Summer, Bombay Honey and many more, across venues including The Lord Clifton and 1000 Trades which is where I tried my fave, Bombay Honey during The Indian Lunchbox Takeover at 1000 Trades.
And now? The Indian Brewery has opened a cool bar/kitchen, serving a mix of craft beer, artisan coffee and Indian street food. From the moment you walk in, its bursting with street food vibes against an industrial backdrop of corrugated metal that makes up the bar, drop lights and scaffold communal tables, all with a dash of Bollywood charm, from the posters to the playlist.
Think permanent street food popup, that’s actually comfortable, buzzing and exactly where you want to be. It’s a cool combo really, with a friendly, fun vibe that’s full of excitement for whats on offer, like you know you’re on to something good. It’s so different to what already exists in Brum and I love that.
The open kitchen takes centre stage so you can see your food being prepared and shows that these guys are serious and confident about the food and so they should be.
The menu offers breakfast and light bites for lunch and dinner which are perfect for sharing and can be eaten in or taken out.
We popped in for a couple of Bombay Honey beers and tried the Pakora Pops (£4) which were lovely, crunchy and stuffed with seasoned vegetables. We also tried the Delhi Paneer Roti Roll (£4.50) which was full of flavour. Both were really fresh, presented well and wrapped in nice branding which elevated it from street food proper.
So far, so amazing. I decided to visit a few days later to try the breakfast and what a way to start the day! We ordered the Bombay Breakfast; smoked bacon, sausages, mushrooms, egg, masala beans, masala fries and masala toast (£7.50), all before 9.30am.
And the verdict? Possibly, the tastiest, biggest and most interesting breakfast I’ve tried in Brum. Delicious. The masala seasoning really gave it a kick and the seasoning alone should be Indian Brewery branded and sold alongside the rest of the stuff on the bar. The standouts for me were the crispy bacon and mushrooms which were nicely seasoned and cooked well and the masala fries because I’ve never had fries before midday before and it was honestly the highlight of my day! Must remember for next time.
I’ll be honest, I struggled to get through it all so I clearly need to up my eating game?! The prices are really reasonable too, considering the quality of the food and I’ll definitely be coming back for more. Bombay Wings, marinated with Birmingham Lager, anyone?
The drinks menu has lots of choice, including Masala Chai, coffee, and the Indian Brewery beer amongst other things. I settled for a Masala Chai and it was really authentic and will be replacing my, always too warm, hot chocolate that I pick up on the way to work.
The Indian Brewery is a fantastic and unique spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, post work drinks and weekend vibes, the list could go on! I’m looking forward to seeing if any events are scheduled too, beer tasting and food? Live music?
The staff are also lovely and friendly, shout out to Jaspal who was welcoming and even came over for a chat which makes such a difference. Wishing this little place, lots of success, although I have a feeling it won’t need it.