Does Birmingham really need more Indian restaurants? As the home of the Balti, anyone new trying to muscle in has to offer something special to stand a chance of making a spicy dent in Birmingham’s curry scene. Highly acclaimed Indian street food and craft beer specialists, Bundobust, hope they can offer just that when they open a new location on Bennetts Hill this summer.
With locations already in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, Bondobust will begin its foray outside the North and into the Midlands with its fifth restaurant. Well-known for modern takes on Indian street food favourites, guests can expect dishes including Okra Fries, dusted in black salt and mango powder; Gobi Manchurian, vegetable pakoras tossed in umami-hot sauce; as well as creative takes on classics including Vada Pav, Rajma, Tarka Dhal, Pav Bhaji, Chaat and more.
Plus you’ll also be able to sample Bundobust’s own brews of craft beers from their Manchester brewery. Alongside, you’ll find local craft beers and beers from breweries around the world on tap. Bundobust Birmingham’s opening tap line-up will even feature collaborative brews from Brummie brewery Attic Brew Co. Beyond beer, Bundobust offers creative cocktails with an Indian twist (think Banana & Cardamom Old Fashioned and Coconut & Mango Mojito), plus wines, chais and softs, including lassis, coolers and sodas.
Opening Friday, June 2, Bundobust will celebrate by offering the first 500 guests a chance of winning a year’s worth of food and drink. Opening its doors at 5 pm, the first guests will all receive a scratch card offering a range of prizes to be redeemed on opening day, including free pints, cocktails, and dishes. One lucky winner, however, will receive a gift of a whole twelve months of Bundobust on the house. That’s £200 a month for a whole year to spend on food and drinks!
“Bundobust was born out of a shared passion for Indian street food and boundary-pushing beer,” said Bundobust Co-Founder, Mayur Patel. “A decade on, we’re excited to be building a new home in Birmingham, a city with a rich Indian heritage, as well as a world-class indie brewing scene – we couldn’t be in better company in our new neighbourhood.”
Bundobust Birmingham will be housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building at 38 Bennetts Hill, designed in the 1860s by renowned local architect Yeoville Thomason. Split across two floors, the Birmingham restaurant will have an “intimate, pub-like feel” offset by Bundobust’s vibrant colour palette. Guests can expect plenty of booths in the building’s snug spaces and cosy corners, as well as beer hall-style seating.
All dishes are priced between £2.50 and £7.50, with chef’s choice combos starting from £33 for 2 people, as well as the Lunch Express menu (available Mon – Fri, 12pm – 4pm) offering 2 dishes for £9. Ahead of the opening this summer, keep an eye out for a series of local collabs and pop-ups, as well as other special offers, which you can learn about here.