Qavali is opening at Brindleyplace
Birmingham has welcomed some truly exciting dining concepts recently.
Dishoom delights as it pays homage to the Irani cafes and food of Bombay in Chamberlain Square.
While over in Harborne you can enjoy some exciting Portuguese-Indian dishes at Estado Da India.
Now the city diners can try out an Indo-Persian dining experience at Qavali in Brindleyplace.
This unique venue is promising fine dining like never before - exploring the Ottoman Empire, covering culinary specialities from across Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Persia and India.
The name Qavali, comes from the style of Sufi devotional singing which originates from the Arabic word meaning ‘to speak’ and has inspired the aesthetic behind the brand.
General Manager Riccado Orefice: “In one way or another, every dish served here has travelled the same path as Qavali music, meaning it has travelled over the mountains of Turkey and Iran, the plains of Afghanistan and the dewy fields of India and Pakistan.
“The artistic nature of Sufism has inspired the creation of the dishes, ready to give epicureans a culinary adventure.
"The concept of Qavali was born from the fact that although there are Irani and Middle Eastern restaurants in the city and across the UK, none of them we believe offers a truly high-end dining and drinking guest experience. This concept is the first of its kind.”
What is Qavali like inside?
Large but intimate, the dramatic interior includes dark green furniture, a grand oval shaped bar, handmade sculptures, knotted Persian rugs, velvet curtains, and gorgeous stained-glass lighting.
The restaurant measures almost 9000 square feet and will have seating for 250 guests.
As you enter you are greeted by greens and gold, foliage hung across the ceiling, as well as plants and flowers throughout the venue, evoking an evening alfresco dining feel.
The entrance has a group selfie seat for the most Instagrammable snaps.
What’s on the menu at Qavali?
The exquisite menu offers the most delicious dishes from all over the Middle East, with many halal options.
These include the Hyderabadi Biryani, delicately layered in saffron rice, topped with a thin and crispy pastry lid. Choosing from prawn, lamb, chicken or paneer, the biryani is slow cooked for a rich and aromatic flavour.
There is also Mango Ferni; the sweet, silky, smooth pudding prepared with rice flour, sugar, milk and various flavours.
For those feeling really decadent, try the ‘Qavali caviar’, 30g of Osetra caviar and firm roe served with fresh bread and chutneys.
Riccardo added: "Everything is cooked fresh to order and it’s so worth the little wait, plus we have plenty of starters and cocktails to enjoy to tantalise the taste buds.”
Qavali’s extensive cocktail menu is bursting with exciting concoctions, Flowers of Hafez is made with red rose, poppies, pomegranate flowers, jasmine gin, and Coffee House - Qavali’s take on the Espresso Martini made with cold brew coffee, cardamom, and cascara coffee bean vodka.
Riccardo recommends Hipster Central on the mocktail menu too – a sensual mixture of sweet chai, cold brew coffee, cardamom and allspice. There is also a wine list with Turkish and Lebanese wines such as Ephesus and Kavaklidere.
When does Qavali open?
It’s an exciting time for foodies this Autumn, with so many exciting new veunes opening up across the city.
Qavali is certainly on the top of our must visit list.
Marketing Manager, Deni Sharankova, said “
The team have worked extremely hard to bring this vision to life in Birmingham. We promise customers that their culinary horizons will be truly explored!”
Qavali opens on Broad Street November 3
A message from the editor:
Thank you for reading. BirminghamWorld is Birmingham’s latest news website, championing everything that is great about our city - reporting on news, lifestyle and sport. We want to start a community among our readers, so please follow us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, and keep the conversation going.