James Dahl

Our Story

Being a recent addition to the vast list of eateries Birmingham has to offer, James Dahl distinguishes itself with bona fide, light, and refined dishes combined with a deliberately understated décor and service which strives for perfection.


Going beyond the traditional practices of Indian restaurants, James Dahl continually seeks improvement on all fronts. We are not afraid to explore uncharted waters and so, travel, research, innovation are only some of the ways we achieve this end. The result of this is that we keep our dishes different from what anybody else has to offer thus ensuring you always have a different experience.


Within months of opening, our determination and will has been recognised by the English Curry Awards. We are delighted to reveal that we scooped an award in the 2016 ceremony. We are sure this will be the first of many and continue to ensure our hard work.


Our History

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Back in the 1800's...

During the British Raj, James X was a British merchant who travelled to what is now Bangladesh for trade. Before he knew it, he found himself entrenched in the Bangladeshi way of life. He married a woman from the local community and decided to reside in Bangladesh permanently. His offspring assumed the reins of his fish and real estate commerce and he retired into building a foundation for his community, focusing on educating the young and helping the poor.

Many mourned his passing, but his legacy lives on. And it is that very legacy which his descendants have taken inspiration from to open what is now James Dahl Indian Restaurant.


Our Inspirations

We do not limit ourselves to just culinary inspiration and innovation. We take ideals from everywhere; film, music, art, literature, politics, whatever it may be.

Below are just some practitioners of those ideals from whom we derive inspiration.

Our Customers

One of the best curries I have had - staff were pleasant and restaurant had a great atmosphere. I will definitely revisit!
— Ross brawn, formula 1 managing director
This is a worthy addition to Birmingham’s fine collection of Indian restaurants and the dishes here do enough to convince us this won’t be the last time we visit.
— Birmingham Mail
Fantastic food, brilliant service, buzzing atmosphere - one of the best.
— Steve Mcfadden, East Enders
What a fantastic restaurant with fantastic food and fantastic staff - Performance 10/10
— Craig Revel Horwood, strictly come dancing judge


House Rules

Please ensure you observe the following house rules

1. Please refrain from sportswear or headwear (unless for religious/cultural purposes).

2. Please keep noise to a respectable standard.

3. Please speak to and treat staff with respect and politeness.

4. Tipping is permitted.

5. Please ensure decorum in your overall behaviour and conduct. 

6. Service charge may vary but is compulsory on tables of 5 or more and any table beyond hours of operation.

7. You have a maximum of one hour and fourty five minutes at your table. This may be less, but management will notify you before you are seated. 

8. For large reservations, deposit becomes non-refundable on cancellation. There is no grace period. However, if you take up your reservation, the deposit is deducted from the bill.

9. For large reservations, unless we are provided with 3 days notice, you will still incur liability for drop outs. 

10. Management reserves the right to refuse service without disclosing reasons and can choose to disapply any of the provisions above at their discretion.