My birthday dinner at Lasan, Birmingham

Lasan became famous for its appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s the F Word tv show and since then, the chef Aktar Islam has featured on The Great British Menu and even won a few courses over the last few years.
Since it started to get exposure, it was impossible to get a table, but I recently thought about it for my birthday dinner with family and my boyfriend.

I we all indian food (like most of the country) and love a bit of fine dining, especially for birthdays, so it was amazing to experience a combination of the two.
Far from the take-away tikka masala, Lasan offers premium Indian food, cooked and presented in a very modern way whilst still keeping to tradition with spices and ingredients.

We arrived and looked at the regular menu, impressed but not totally satisfied, we asked for a tasting menu. This menu is usually only offered at 7pm, but the waitor kindly arranged for us to have it this night as the restaurant was starting to settle as we sat down for 9pm. 5 points to the waiting staff (they were fab all night long!)

We ordered a gorgeous white wine, and later another, which was really sweet, almost a dessert wine and it matched the Indian flavours perfectly.

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‘Light wheat puffs filled with chick peas and potato, drizzled with sweet and sour tamarind.’
'Smoked duck bound with spiced aubergine caviar baked in light pastry.'
‘Smoked duck bound with spiced aubergine caviar baked in light pastry.’

 

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‘Spinach, paneer and potato cake, pan fried yoghurt and mint pattie and tandoori roasted paneer.’

 

'Pan fried turbot, Bengali turmeric potatoes, raw papaya and spring onion served with Indian olive broth.'
‘Pan fried turbot, Bengali turmeric potatoes, raw papaya and spring onion served with Indian olive broth.’
'Free range Wiltshire Downs lamb, marinated cutlet, 10 hour confit shoulder, soft Awadi style pate of breast and tempered lentils; with smoked braising jus spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon.'
‘Free range Wiltshire Downs lamb, marinated cutlet, 10 hour confit shoulder, soft Awadi style pate of breast and tempered lentils; with smoked braising jus spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon.’

I forgot to take a picture of the pudding: ‘Traditional spiced rice pudding, with caramelised mango, mango kulfi and granola.’

 

Every single dish was incredible! So much flavour, textures to die for and cooked to absolute perfection.

The mini samosa and the final lamb dish was my favourite.

 

The atmosphere was lovely, really relaxed and comfortable which is not something always achieved well in fine dining restaurants. The staff were chatty enough and very attentive but didn’t feel imposing. They even brought out a little chocolate cake with a candle in when they heard it was my birthday.

 

Absolutely no complaints! Lasan (click here) is amazing restaurant. If you like Indian food but want to take it one step further, try it out. A regular meal would probably cost about £30 a head for a starter and main only. The tasting menu was £50 a head and for 6 delicious courses was so worth it, a must for celebrations.

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