Authentic indian dishes and refreshing cocktails were served up at the launch of Harbone’s newest Indian restaurant, Umami last night and we couldn’t get enough of the delicious offerings.
Traditional drumming was performed outside the restaurant to show that a night of traditional Indian dining was ahead. The sleek bar reception, that’s located at the front of the restaurant, was the perfect place to mingle and enjoy fruity cocktails that were being shaken up by the friendly bar staff.
Once guests had sampled the refreshments, we were taken upstairs to the dining area which had a cove-like feel. The ceiling was lower than expected and the dim lighting gave an intimate atmosphere. Canapes were soon served and showcased a range of the delicious dishes on offer. Spiced meats and fish such as chicken, lamb and prawns were served as well as miniature wraps and flavoursome vegetables.
After trying the canapes, a buffet was on offer which allowed us to enjoy a sit-down meal. The range of dishes was impressive and there was an even split between meat and vegetarian dishes. For me, the paneer mutter was a stand out dish for its flavoursome sauce and tender cheese. While guests enjoyed the culinary expertise of chef Maneep Bajwa, traditional Indian music was played by a DJ to give an authentic feel to the evening.
The night ended with even more cocktails (or mocktails) in the bar and the DJ serving up RnB tunes to liven up the mood after all of the scoffing. It was a great turn out of people, which gave Umami a lively and exciting atmosphere. The intimate setting, friendly staff and most importantly, delicious food and drink, will turn the new restaurant into a Harborne favourite.
Umami Indian Kitchen and Cocktail Bar is based at 25 Lordswood Road, just off Harborne high street.