Winning reviews from our two competition winners!
Thank you to Bill Begg and Lesley Wilde, our competition winners, for providing their thoughts about Jiyaan, the new Indian restaurant, conveniently placed in the Ramada Solihull.
My wife and I are enthusiastic members of Gastro Card and were delighted to win one of the regular Gastro Card competitions – this was dinner for two at the new Jiyaan Indian Restaurant, part of the Ramada George Hotel in Solihull. We booked for Wednesday night 11th May at 7.30 and had a lovely evening. The food from the starters, through the mains to the desserts was all outstanding and accompanied by delicious house wine.
The service was first class and the evening was rounded off by the restaurant manager and head chef going round all the tables to make sure everyone was fully satisfied with their dining experience.
Jiyaan is a great addition to the Solihull restaurant scene and one I would highly recommend.
Bill Begg, Solihull
NEW INDIAN SPICE IN SOLIHULL
Jiyaan is the latest restaurant to open in Solihull town centre. Conveniently located at the end of the High Street, opposite St Alphege’s church, it is part of the Ramada Solihull and can be accessed through the hotel or from the street. There is free parking available at the hotel if you eat at the restaurant; quite a bonus in busy Solihull.
While the menu includes many familiar dishes, Chef Deepak is using his knowledge and training from India to add individuality and panache, ensuring that although traditional, the recipes are not altogether predictable. My Lahsoonie Jingha, king prawn, starter was chargrilled deliciousness on a plate, although missing the asparagus as promised, meanwhile the Lamb Seekh kebab had melt in the mouth tastiness.
When it came to the mains we both went with old favourites; Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Rogan Josh. These dishes can sometimes be a little predictable if not bland but here they had an extra spiciness that we both enjoyed. There certainly seemed to be a few secret ingredients added in the cooking which brought the Chicken Tikka Masala to life and the lamb had a delicious richness which we happily mopped up with the rice. Unfortunately, my Peshwari Naan was disappointing as it was not filled with the nuts, coconut and sultanas as detailed on the menu.
Overall, the food was very good although I would have liked to have seen a few more adventurous options, maybe as changing weekly specials. No doubt the restaurant will soon iron out these early discrepancies between the menu and the food as it is served and Jiyaan will become a firm favourite with locals and hotel guests who will welcome it as a variation to the more traditional offerings in the other dining room.
Lesley Wilde, Birmingham