New bar spy - Opheem

Former Lasan chef opening restaurant inspired by 800 years of India's culinary history


Added on . By Faith Strickland.


May 2018

What they say:

Having won over the harshest of critics (Gordon Ramsay on The F-Word), Lasan's head chef has decided to spread his wings and open his first solo venture. Taking over the spot formerly occupied by M-Club, Opheem is the work of renowned Aktar Islam. For this Summer Row opening, the chef has big plans; so big that they're spanning nearly 800 years of Indian culinary history. From chefs that cooked for royalty through to the British empire, Islam's influences have inspired a seasonal menu that combines progressive Indian cooking with local produce.

What we say:

With food that's good enough for royalty, along with influences from France, England and the whole of India, Opheem looks like it's set to become Birmingham's hottest ticket. The menu will be a delicious fusion of recipes and produce, with dishes such as allepy (Cornish turbot, wilted greens, tempered Keralan coconut milk and raw mango) and a take on vindaloo that's made with pork jowls and star anise heritage carrots. The drinks list is the cherry on top of this swanky cake, with a choice of wine flights to accompany your dining experience.