Anyone that reads Brum and Beyond, knows that there is a slight (ok, a lot!) of bias towards Indian food. It’s written about, tweeted, and ‘grammed on the regular and most likely will continue because I love Indian food. Not sorry. I’ll gladly travel to a decent Indian restaurant beyond Moseley, the City Centre and now Erdington.
1580 is a contemporary Indian restaurant serving authentic, classic dishes and a few weeks ago I attended the launch. The restaurant is simple, with cosy interior, cool lighting that wouldn’t be out-of-place in any city centre cafe/restaurant because #Ihavethisthingwithlightstoo and a warm welcome from the family and friends that run it. The food menu is extensive and there is lots to choose from.
We started the evening with obligatory poppadums, but in cones which was a tasty twist and reminded me of the spicy, peppery variety served in Asha’s which happen to be my ultimate way to start a meal. The selection of chutney and sauces on offer were fresh and tasted great in the cones.
We ordered the Non-Veg Starter of Murgh Tikka (Chicken), Lamb Chops, Kochi Kekraa (Crab) and Zaffrani Bada Jingha Tikka (Tiger Prawns), served on a platter to share (£24.45) which I’ll be honest, I’ve never done with Indian food before because I like my food to be all mine, but you know, sharing is caring. For some reason, the term ‘Non-Veg’ always reminds me of the confusion I face whenever I go to India. It’s like a riddle in my head, so it was good to see this familiar terminology on the menu for a nice blast from the past. The chicken, lamb chops and tiger prawns were cooked well; spicy, authentic and I’d order them again tomorrow.
For the main, we ordered the Non-Veg Curry which consisted of Bater Curry on the bone (Quail), Murgh Tikka Masala (Chicken) and Pot Pepper Lamb Curry (From £8-13), served with Naan Bread and Pilau Rice. It tasted fresh, spicy and really authentic. The chicken and quail were particular highlights because, have you ever had quail in a curry? So. Good.
To end the meal, we enjoyed Galub Jamun with ice cream which was a lovely end to some great food and company.
The drinks menu is very pared back and it would have been nice to have an improved selection of wines to match the food. But to be honest, the food more than made up for it but I’d probably switch to a beer, next time.
Whist I don’t live local, if you live in or around Erdington/Sutton, this is a great place to go for fresh and authentic Indian food in an area that needs an injection of good places to eat. Check it out!
*Thanks to Delicious PR and 1580, I was invited to try the food and drink. My opinions are my own*