We try Afternoon Tea at Asha's - the new, unique menu at Birmingham's celebrity restaurant

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Here’s what we made of the new Afternoon Tea at Asha’s restaurant in Birmingham

Asha’s restaurant in Birmingham city centre serves up some of the very best Indian cuisine across the city and it’s also a popular haunt for the rich and famous.

Ed Sheeran, Tom Cruise, and the Rolling Stones are just some of the star names which are known to have dined at Asha’s Indian Restaurant in the last few years. Just last week, Hollywood’s Jack Black paid a visit to the venue.

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Thanks to it’s high quality Indian dishes and excellent service, Asha’s has become something of a celebrity hotspot in recent years. I’ve been to the restaurant a couple of times in the past and must say it makes for a brilliant dining experience.

So when BirminghamWorld got the chance to try the restaurant’s new Afternoon Tea menu, we just couldn’t say no!

Myself and colleagues headed down to the Newhall Street restaurant on Thursday lunchtime (May 16) to be the first customers to try it. Asha’s caters to all and we were provided with both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

After an amuse-bouche at the bar, we were shown to our table with the food arriving shortly after as we worked our way through the delightful new menu.

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The non-vegetarian afternoon tea menu includes: a chicken malai sandwich, a lamb raan sandwich, prawn toast with fish keema and egg puffs.

If you fancy the veggie menu, then you will get to eat vegetable cutlet, a bombay sandwich, mini-mushroom kurkure and halloumi puffs. Me and my colleagues were fotrunate enough to try both menus and weren’t disappointed.

The lamb raan sandwich in particular was very nice, but the prawn toast with fish keema was the highlight - it was absolutely delicious. From the vegetarian menu, the vegetable coutlet went down well with my colleagues.

The menu also includes macaroons and small cakes to enjoy, as well as classic scones and strawberry jam which were also delicious. As you can see from the photo, the food is served on small trays on a lovely tea stand. The presentation is stunning.

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We were also treated to a glass of prosecco each before trying the tea drinks. The masala chai tea was refreshing and is even good for the immune system. While the buttefly and pea tea with honey even changes colour from blue to red once you add a little lemon, although the strawberry and peach mint tea was the tastiest I tried.

As usual, the service was very extremely good, with the relaxed atmosphere and Indian music playing in the background all adding up to create a very enjoyable lunch experience.

Asha’s have some of the best Indian food available in the West Midlands, and they are renowned for their curry dinner and lunch services. But this lighter, sweet and tasty Afternoon Tea menu could be a real hit.

The sandwiches ensure that you get a filling meal, with the scones and clotted cream also a delight. And the healthy chai and fruit teas offer something a bit different from other afternoon tea menus across the city.

Prices: Afternoon Tea: £34.75 - with prosecco: £39.75

Asha’s Afternoon Tea launches on June 1, 2024

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