Birmingham is renowned for both its Indian cuisine and its street food.
From the Brum-famous Balti Triangle and the Jewellery Quarter (where Indian cuisine meets fine dining) to Digbeth, where street food is revered above all else at the multi award-winning event casually called Digbeth Dining Club – we’ve got both bases well and truly covered. So what happens when you marry the two together? Something great happens, that’s what.
Located on Woodbridge Road (Moseley), Zindiya is an Indian streatery and the answer to all your questions. Where shall I go to eat? Fancy a quick bite out? What time is it? All the questions.
Now, before you begin to clamber up on that big old high horse you’re stood next to just hear us out. We know street food isn’t served in a restaurant. Ok, now that that startling revelation is out of the way – let’s talk about how Zindiya have created a street food-inspired menu and are serving it in their restaurant, brazenly dubbed a ‘streatery’ (we like this, a lot).
A passion project of two Moseley residents (who took time out to travel India and then both subsequently quitting their successful careers to create this wonderful dream together), Zindiya serves up street food that’ll have you swearing you’ll only eat Indian from now on. Perfect for a light bite at lunch or a more substantial dinner in the evening, Zindiya will have you wishing all restaurants serve street food from the very first bite of your chaat. For real.
We could go on and on (and on) about the fantastic menu – but instead we thought we’d just show you a pretty picture of some food. Get that belly of yours rumbling away.
Shall we talk drinks? In addition to their (ultimately cool) retro soft drinks from India (Thums Up and Limca) and a wine list curated by our friends at Connolly’s, Zindiya also have a ballsy cocktail menu that’ll rock your socks. The menu takes you on a journey around the different regions of India, with each drink featuring key flavours and ingredients from the area. We recommend ‘From Ooty With Love’ – a rose petal and strawberry infused potion served in a bag (that’s right, a bag!). Well played Zindiya, well played.
The restaurant itself is kitted out to look like an authentic Indian street. Retro brands Thums Up and Limca are painted on the steel shutters and the bright and funky furniture lends itself to a vibrant street cafe. There are rickshaw booths available too for those of you who like to eat your restaurant street food in authentic Indian modes of transport. Eating at Zindiya is a pleasure and one we highly recommend you go do. Maybe right now? Ok, right now.
If you’re an afternoon tea fan (who isn’t?), we have one final treat for you. Zindiya offer their very own take on the most traditional of British pastimes, but with their own special spin on it. High Chai is served from 2-5pm daily and features Masala Chai freshly brewed in house (or your choice of another tea) and served with a selection of savoury bites and sweet delights combining Indian flavours and British favourites. Enjoy the likes of their Bombay sandwich, cardamom scones and spiced shortbread cookies. Add their Chai Wala cocktail if you’re feeling fancy.
So if you fancy dining on some of the best Indian street food style dishes in the city, or you want to indulge in Afternoon Tea with a twist, a visit to Zindiya is a must.
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