We are currently having a bit of an Indian street food ‘moment’ in the city right now.
Several places offering rustic street food, as you’d find in the markets in India have been opening all over Birmingham
But one of the more established top Indian restaurants has transformed itself - bringing something unashamedly classier to the city - a taste of "Indian High Society".
After a £500,000 refurbishment and renovations the newly reopened Lasan restaurant in the Jewellery Quarter is now a rather more decadent affair than previously,drawing inspiration from the grand bars and restaurants in Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai, frequented by India's upper classes.
And the focal point is the super inviting bar area which should ensure Jewellery Quarter professionals pull up a stool and enjoy a cocktail after work - before being taken into the elegant dining area to enjoy dinner.
Lasan's classy and spacious new interior now more than matches the celebrity diners it has welcomed over the years including Michael Buble, Ant and Dec and Gary Barlow who on his visit said it was the "best Indian food he’d ever tasted.”
Lasan owner director Jabbar Khan said: “We hadn't had a proper refurbishment for 14 years - it was time to breathe new life into the restaurant and brand.
"We wanted the restaurant to evoke a sense of how the elite of Indian society like to wine and dine. And it is with tremendous style!”
Jabbar added: “The open plan look, with the bar at the front and feeling more separate to the restaurant will hopefully encourage people who have enjoyed dinner, to continue the night in the bar. First and foremost the money we’ve spent has been to created a ambiance where people feel they in for a very special time."
The menu has also been revamped to match the swanky interior.
"The main menu is very much Indian cuisine spanning all the regions - but with a difference. We still have our signature dishes but the new dishes are about stripping it back to core Indian recipes as you would find in India."
New mouthwatering dishes include Guinea Fowl Korma, Punjabi Makhan Chicken and Salli Keema, minced lamb with cooked fresh green chill, finished with yogurt and topped with a duck egg.
The dishes are cooked up by head chef Khalid Khan who has been at Lasan for 13 years.
For dessert Lasan diners can still enjoy old favourites such as Bombay Mess - an exotic light and refreshing twist on Eton Mess.
Jabbar said: "We've known not to mess with the desserts - this is the only part of the menu that is not strictly true to India, and allows our chefs show off their skills in producing desserts in the same category as the city's fine dining restaurants."
Jabbar is CEO of the Lasan Group which owns four other restaurants Nosh + Quaff, Raja Monkey, Fiesta de la Asado and Izza Pizza in Birmingham.
Earlier this month Lasan Group co-owner Aktar Islam announced he was stepping down as chef director to pursue other opportunities.
Jabbar said: “Khalid and Lasan kitchen manager Gulsher Khan have been the backbone of Lasan restaurant for many years and they’ll continue to be welcome new and old diners to the new Lasan."