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Taj India

2226 Highland Ave., next to Western Supermarket (Southside)
Lunch and dinner. Delicious Indian food, from mild Tandoori chicken to spicy Lamb Roganjosh. Plenty of options for vegetarians here.

Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 09:33PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments14 Comments

Reader Comments (14)

A group of friends and I chose Taj India for a mid-week get together and found it to be a disappointing experience. The food itself was good, but we received terrible service from two different waitresses. Refills were non-existent and if asked for anything, no matter how routine or trivial, they acted as if it was inconveniencing them to offer any service at all. We typically eat out several times per week, but due to the poor attitude and terrible service, I would not recommend Taj India for an evening meal. (December 2004)

June 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Jones

I have been a frequent visitor to Taj India since the mid-80s. For the last 20 years I have found the food to be consistently very good. On the few occasions that things weren't optimal I've simply asked to speak to the owner/manager on duty and was very satisfied with the results ("excuse me, but may I speak to Pindar..."). The "silver platter" combination dinners are almost a work of art besides being delicious and although I've eaten this many times it continues to draw me back. I'm not a restaurant shill, but I am a huge fan of this place.

One more thing: twice a year there is a dinner buffet celebrating the "Festival of colors" and also the "Festival of lights" which has dishes not available any other time of year. This typically occurs in March and October. The dates change yearly so if you are interested call ahead for information and reservations, which are highly recommended.

September 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Garcia

Have always had a good experience at this place. The atmosphere is pleasant and gives an authentic charm to the place. We were promptly seated at a nice table by the window. Service was good and friendly. My most recent experience started with a Sam Adams which was served in a large beer glass, but the beer itself was not ice cold, just moderately cold. The nan is always fresh and very tasty.

I had the chicken tikka masala , which was very good, although with a little less spice and heat than I would have preferred. My friend had a spinach/feta dish which was tasty and went well with the nan. The basmatic rice is excellent and made perfectly.

I tasted some of the rice pudding which tasted excellent and not too sweet. My only criticism is that it could have been creamier with less liquid.

There is not a big selection in Birmingham as far as indian places go, but Taj is pretty good.

October 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbg

Food is mediocre, Buffet is sub-mediocre.

November 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShia

I don't think you need to bother going anywhere else; Taj India is the very best.

November 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCam

We took my parents here for a special lunch and were very dissapointed. The food was mediocre - tandoori meat dry, curries underspiced, and portions small for the price. The lunch buffet had only a few dishes and did not look appealing. Silver Coin has much better food, a nicer dining room, and friendlier staff. Maybe we just hit them on a bad day - but I think that this must have been the only game in town for it to be so popular for so many years.

December 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKate


Fuck Taj India and their bad attitude. Beautiful, romantic, great food but dismissive waiting staff. I feel they are not caring toward their customers because they are the only decent Indian food in town. Not anymore! Thank you, Silver Coin. Great food and wonderful attitude.

June 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Okay, we all know that James has a dirty mouth. I keep hearing that the food here is okay but the service is crummy. Overall I had a very positive experience at this restaurant for the last 20 years. I have been to Silver Coin a number of times but I do not think their food is as good. The portions are smaller and their prices are higher, but the quality is still not quite as good as Taj. They recently quit serving their Wednesday night buffet because "we lost our chef". I will keep going to Southside for Indian food on a regular basis and if I am not treated well I will stand up and request to speak to the management. That tends to work at any location regardless of the cuisine.

June 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

taj india is the best tasting indian food i have found .i travel often and try indian resturants everywhere. taj is buy far the best.

October 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjill

taj india is one of my favorite restaurants in birmingham. i know that i can always get my favorite dishes and they will always be consistent.

October 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlindsey

I love Taj and have been frequenting it for about 8 years. The food is great and prices very fair. As a relative newbie to Indian, I defer to a friend who grew up in London on some of the world's great Indian restaurants. He always gives the food a hardy thumbs up. Don't miss the desserts! Lichee ice cream or tangerine sorbet are the best!

October 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Complaints about the service are a bit of a mystery to me -- I've been going to Taj for years and am treated like family.

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Service is simply terrible.

July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCDS

My girlfriend and I dined at Taj India this past weekend. It was my first visit and she has been there a number of times.

I really enjoyed my meal (and much of hers) - a delicious Chicken Korma dish.

Although we had been hiking earlier and we weren't dressed very respectably, we were served very well. Water re-filled over and over... Indian food is HOT! I'm not sure if the man who took our order was the owner, but he treated us as if he was. I had a couple questions about menu items, the Parsi community and the Punjab region. He took a moment to give me an informative geography and culture lesson! The lady that took our dessert order later was not as talkative but still very pleasant.

Based on my single visit, I don't get the negative reviews here. I'll keep going until I have a bad experience.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

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