The prestigious National Restaurant Awards took place on Monday night, with the ceremony including the unveiling of the UK’s Top 100 list.

While the list was largely dominated by London operators, one of Birmingham’s most celebrated restaurants did break into the rankings’ top 10.

The list is compiled by a panel of more than 200 experts spanning food writers, chefs and restauranteurs. The UK is split into 11 regions, with members of the organisation voting for the top seven restaurants they have dined at in the last 12 months in order of preference.

Opheem, Birmingham’s first-ever two Michelin Star restaurant and one of only two Indian restaurants in the country to achieve the accolade, was named 8th best restaurant in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards.

Speaking about the recognition, the NRA team said: “Aktar Islam’s high-reaching Indian restaurant is about as far from a bog-standard curry house as you can imagine.

“With a minimalist kitchen that looks more like that of a Spanish three-star than an Indian restaurant, Islam’s Jewellery Quarter flagship Opheem is an entirely different proposition to any other Indian restaurant in the UK.”

Opheem offers both a 10-course and 5-course tasting menu, along with a set lunch menu, all of which blend traditional Indian flavours, with modern, innovative cooking styles.

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Published on:
Wed 12 Jun 2024