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5.2 /6 Excellent 123 Reviews

The Eastern Restaurant

Sutton Coldfield Asian £££ +100
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About The Eastern Restaurant

The Eastern Restaurant is Sutton Coalfield’s premier pan-Asian restaurant. Hidden in the Lanes Shopping Centre in Wylde Green, diners at The Eastern can expect a truly oriental experience. The Eastern Restaurant blends the flavours and techniques from Chinese, Malaysian and Thai cuisine, with a smattering of ideas from Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Indonesian cooking too. The Eastern in the Lanes is a culinary adventure for even the most experienced east-Asian food fan.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Thursday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Friday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 05:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:30
The Eastern Restaurant, 24 The Lanes Shopping Centre, B72 1YG Birmingham

Further Information

For diners at The Eastern Restaurant in Sutton Coalfield, the menu is a pan-Asian delight. Choose from flavoursome dishes like Japanese yakatori – grilled chicken skewers in teriyaki sauce, or Malaysian-style rendang – a hot, dry, spiced plate of tender meat in coconut milk, or go for a classic dish of Thai green curry or Chinese sweet and sour pork. But diners shouldn’t expect to get a plate of generic Chinese food when they visit The Eastern, instead each dish is carefully plated and presented beautifully.

Visitors to The Eastern’s Sutton Coalfield dining room in the Lanes Shopping Centre in Wylde Green are ushered into a thoroughly modern and chic space, appropriate for the modern Eastern cuisine on offer here. However, if you’re looking for a bite at home, The Eastern offers an excellent delivery service between Sunday and Thursday in the evenings. And if you’re really looking to impress, The Eastern provides Sutton Coalfields finest pan-Asian catering service for parties of up to 200 guests. Expect fantastic service, great food and chic surrounds when you opt to join the party over at The Eastern in the Lanes Shopping Centre.


123 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 123 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
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Anne W.
1 review so far 6
27.12.2016 21:11

Always a friendly, efficient service and excellent food. We were a family of four celebrating a birthday and our adult children always ask to come here!

Liane M.
1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 20:44

Fantastic food, great welcome and the prices were very reasonable for the area, the bill just over £100 for 4 people with drinks. The restaurant looked very classy inside, ladies toilets look like work in progress.

Nick C.
1 review so far 6
10.11.2016 20:01

Excellent value, service and quality. Wide selection of gorgeous dishes at a very reasonable price. Early evening menu particularly good value, but a la carte and set menus available. Highly recommended.

Anne G.
1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 22:13

Good value. Went for Sunday lunch. Food was delicious with plenty of choice. Good service. Not rushed but staff always available. Will definitely go again.

Katie R.
2 reviews so far 6
13.09.2016 17:26

This place is one of if not the best restaurant ive visited for middle eastern food, and that's saying something as i love my food! Everything about the experience here is amazing, i love the way the buffet is set out, it excludes having to get up and down and walk around looking for whatever food you fancy while its sitting going cold. Instead you choose off the menu, say how many people its for and within 5 minutes its cooked fresh and delivered to your table in a beautiful arrangement which just tops it off. The buffet menu has around 30 dishes on so there is a variety of Chinese, Malaysian and Thai starters and mains, all cooked fresh and that's shown by the flavors and taste. Also its only just over £15 per person which i think its such a good price considering you can order however much you want. I have not been and has the normal al la carte menu yet, but i plan to within the next few weeks. This menu is extensive and serves some fantastic meals from what I've seen so i am very excited to go back and try them. Also if you go onto the eastern website and sign up for newsletters you get a 15% off voucher for the al la carte menu so its worth signing up. All together, this is a fantastic restaurant and i would highly recommend it to anyone who loves middle eastern foods.

Beverley D.
4 reviews so far 5
09.05.2016 00:32

8 of us celebrated my Brother's birthday and all had fantastic meals. I ordered the Sirloin steak with Tamarind sauce, black mushrooms and asparagus, I commented to my husband that the steak was tough, before I could call the waitress over she asked me if there was a problem and would I like it replacing? No quibble, and it was replaced very quickly, before everyone had finished their meals-that's excellent service! The waitress and waiter were very attentive, bringing our drinks to the table very quickly and spacing the food out at sensible intervals. The food was beautifully presented with Chinese radish decorations and orchids. The meals were on the large side, piping hot and very tasty with an excellent selection to cater for all palates. We have now eaten at the Eastern on several occasions and have always found the food and service to a very high standard. The only fault I can make is that the temperature needs sorting. If you sit by the windows you get a severe draught as you do if you sit under the air conditioning fan-they do turn this off if you request, but it then gets very hot, very quickly. This is a minor point and it will not stop us returning!

Katie R.
2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 19:28

This restaurant has been my favorite for a long time, i ave been around 4 times now and every time has been perfect! We always go for the buffet times as i can never decide what to have if we go for the al a carte menu, but there are some amazing dishes on there so soon we will go and try them. The buffet menu has around 3 dishes on, starters and mains. I cannot fault any dishes ive had there and we have tried most on the menu now. Our reason for going was to take some relatives that are shortly moving abroad, they were extremely impressed and would love to go back when they return to England next year. The whole atmosphere is beautiful, the restaurant is modern decorated and has a raw natural feel with fountains up the stairs and uniquely designed features walls which are amazing, this creates such a warming special please to dine. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Kathryn P.
1 review so far 5
12.01.2016 08:50

I went to the Eastern with a friend on Sunday last 10th January for lunch. We knew it was a buffet but were delighted to be served and it really was eat as much as you like. The selection of starters and mains was good and everything was beautifully cooked and presented. The only reason I don't give it a 6 is because the main courses were served on cold and I mean cold plates. the rice came in a very hot bowl, our plates were warm but the food came on cold plates that could have come from the fridge. This was a shame because the food was cold before we could eat it. The atmosphere was good and the staff helpful and pleasant, shame about the cold plates. Would certainly consider returning.

Debby G.
2 reviews so far 5
22.07.2015 21:42

The Eastern offers a pleasurable experience, right from the easy and plentiful car parking. The entry is full of anticipation and mystery. What awaits inside is a modern (almost trendy) chic, light and airy restaurant and bar. The menu requires a lot of consideration as there are many dishes, starters, sharing platters, and mains to choose from. There is an extensive drinks menu to compliment the food. The food is exquisite, a wonderful and exciting mix of herbs and spices to tickle anybody's taste buds and satisfy any appetite. A restaurant to suit young, middle aged and elderly alike, as we discovered last Friday evening. Live music not intrusive, pleasant music to suit all. A place to go in a group and make an evening of it. 9.5/10

Jamie B.
1 review so far 6
10.05.2015 17:53

This was our first visit to the Eastern but will certainly be the first of many. The service was impeccable, the waiting staff were highly attentive but in no way intrusive and very friendly. The food was of a very high standard, we particularly enjoyed our small selection of starters including the salt & pepper tofu, scallops and yakatori. The mains were enjoyable (duck with raspberry & lamb nyanya) but would probably make an alternative choice next time. We look forward to visiting again and would certainly recommend to anyone.

Mike L.
3 reviews so far 6
09.05.2015 19:15

Some of the best Asian Food we have tasted, beautifully presented with artistic garnishes. Saxophone player added a relaxing atmosphere. Went for an anniversary meal and had lovely evening though place was quiet for a Friday evening. Cost around £25 per head for food (depending what you choose) plus drinks which were reasonable price. We had Sea Bass in Teriyaki sauce and Duck in Rasperry sauce. Both cooked to perfection and looked amazing. Fully recommended for upmarket Asian food.

Clarine P.
1 review so far 6
08.10.2016 22:22

The food here is simply gorgeous we went for the Monday night buffet, which unlike other venues is not precooked. You order off the menu and it is cooked and bought to your table. There is no limit on how much you can eat, we were offered more starters and mains and after I queried what was in one dish on the menu they bought it over for me to try. Excellent service we will be returning and soon.

Jeremy M.
1 review so far 3
08.02.2016 01:56

This is a nice restaurant but the service and food didn't quite match the price tag. Restaurant was busy so we had a short wait in the bar area which was more than fine other than we couldn't get a drink as there was no one to ask. We had a seafood platter to share as a starter costing a few pence shy of £20. The dishes were nice but didn't feel completely fresh - my guess is they'd either been sat around for a while or cooked from frozen. The main was lovely, full of flavour and fresh ingredients. We sent our first pudding back as it was still frozen. I don't expect a frozen pudding from a restaurant like this, it was disappointing. The service while polite was not very attentive. So all in all, a slightly disappointing experience. It wouldn't take much at all to make to it great, so that's a shame.

1 review so far 5
10.03.2016 19:11

The owners of The Eastern should be held up as a glowing example of how to provide value for money in sophisticated, sedate surroundings without charging the earth for it. What a fantastic restaurant. Great food, great staff. The only minor issue was we were sat directly under a hot air vent so were a little too warm. It must be difficult to get the temperature of such a big open plan restaurant just right. I accidentally left too small a tip (honest!) but I'll put that right when I go back there!

Bev B.
1 review so far 6
26.12.2015 02:40

We had an amazing evening. The food was incredible, served with great efficiency by very pleasant staff. Definitely an experience to repeat. We arrived a little early and were offered the choice of going straight to our table or having a drink in the pleasant bar area first. We chose to have a drink first. when we were ready we were shown to our table. No pressure to be seated exactly on time , which we appreciated.

Ian D.
4 reviews so far 5
21.02.2016 00:15

We had a slightly longer wait this time - the restaurant is understandably busy at weekends . It remains a real treat to come here. I shared the less expensive banquet with a friend of mine and we both thoroughly enjoyed it . I do think the banquets here with 4 starters / 4 main courses are good value on the whole . Presentation and the freshness of the food was first rate as usual . I now just need to eat my way through the whole menu.....! Wonderful!

Debby G.
2 reviews so far 6
03.08.2015 02:21

We went as a family to The Eastern on Saturday evening. It was our second visit. The welcome was warm and friendly, quiet when we arrived at 7pm but soon filled to a lively chatter, but not too loud. We all made some excellent choices in food, served with appetising presentation. A very modern restaurant, clean, light and airy. Air conditioned, and full of wonderful Asian temptations. Cannot wait for visit number 3...

rachel c.
1 review so far 3
11.10.2015 17:19

Beautiful restaurant decor wise. Service felt rushed and no communication between the waitresses I.e two different waitresses came to take drinks order. Menu was a mixture of all things eastern, but basic dishes from different countries. We had a starter and a main, All the dishes looked stunning on the plate but lacked depth of flavour, that you were hoping and looking for. Once our starters were cleared, mains came straight out, so you were given no chance to rest between courses. Again 3 different waitresses came over to check if we were ok with our mains, once is more than sufficient. Over all the eastern had style and beauty on the outside but once you dig in it lacks substance and flavour , We booked at 20.30hrs and were out by 21.30hrs so a tad rushed.

Andrew M.
1 review so far 5
27.04.2015 19:36

We enjoyed our meal very much. The food was lovely and beautifully presented. Good choice of starters and lots of main dishes to select from. My only issue would be there was only one dessert and although it was terrific,my husband,who isn't able to eat cream etc was not really catered for. Perhaps adding one other dessert could solve the problem…but all in in all keen to come again and hope to bring friends for the DeLux menu very soon.

Beverley D.
4 reviews so far 6
10.07.2016 19:16

We were served quickly with beautifully presented food. Both of our meals were as described on the extensive menu. The room was nicely decorated, tables having linen cloths and napkins-so many are now doing cheap paper napkins, it was also air conditioned, nice on a warm evening. We have now been there about eight times and have not had a bad meal- we will be back!

Karen W.
1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 21:14

We visited on a Monday night for the "all you can eat " option. We were able to order from an extensive list of dishes and as many times as we wanted. The food was freshly prepared, well presented, very hot and tasted good. The service was very good, all waiting staff were very attentive. Would definately go back, great value for money.

Maggie T.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 08:44

We love the buffet on Sundays and Mondays. The starters are fantastic and we usually order a second lot!! Great variety and freshly cooked. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. The main courses are suitably sized which means you can try a couple of different flavours. We thoroughly recommend this fabulous restaurant. Super value on the buffet, in particular.

Katie J.
1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 17:37

The restaurant was nice and bright and clean, the waiting staff were very nice, polite and cheerful and the food was very good, we had the 2 course early bird menu and the size of meals were just right, which did leave room for a pudding which we hadn't intended on having, we will definitely be back! Well done.

john h.
2 reviews so far 6
02.05.2016 19:25

Fantastic food, excellent setting. Top marks all round. Got there early and was accommodated immediately. Service was swift, yet unobtrusive. Only negative was the loud party of four who seemed to forget that other folk were not that interested in their conversation. Having said that looking forward to trying the buffet menu one lunchtime.

Oliver R.
1 review so far 5
09.03.2016 19:45

Really good food and fantastic presentation. Service was good and consistent. Prices are reasonable for the quality of food you receive, however, the quality of chicken was not fantastic. It was clearly formed since there was very little grain to the meat which made it almost feel uncooked. Apart from that small negative, we have been twice and it has been really good.

Andy R.
2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 07:03

Don't judge a book by it's cover. The restaurant looks somewhat uninviting from the exterior but walk through the doors and up the stairs and it is a very different experience. Great menu with plenty of options - reasonably priced considering the quality of food - we'd go back in a heartbeat.

Suzanne W.
1 review so far 6
16.09.2015 06:54

Enjoyed the food and the service was very good. The waiter was very helpful when asking for advice on food. Not too long to wait for courses. I have been twice now. Went with family this time, who had not been before. It was a Monday evening so good value aswell.

Ajay S.
2 reviews so far 6
31.01.2016 22:20

Good atmosphere , very busy which is a good sign, had to wait a bit for the meal but not an issue as the meal we had was worth the wait. Would recommend the restaurant - has a nice selection of different far eastern foods to select from .

Deborah C.
5 reviews so far 5
14.02.2016 17:35

We went for my sons birthday, as he's been a few times before and really likes the atmosphere. Was slightly disappointed this time due to a table of approx 8 that were so noisey, or spoilt the evening, probably for everyone seated around them. We couldn't cold a conversation between the 6 of us, unless we shouted too.

Mike P.
1 review so far 6
29.02.2016 07:14

Superb, great setting , service and food at the right kind of portion size. the only negative, no Sax player (get her back) and a little slow on the drink refills for us Alchies !! Def be back need to go through the menu Mike + Jen

Ian D.
4 reviews so far 6
17.08.2015 02:00

Stylish setting with some privacy due to thoughtfully positioned screens , lightening quick service and delicious food all round . There was quite a range of vegetarian options which is a welcome change from some restaurants . A thoroughly enjoyable meal . I WILL be returning !

Earl M.
1 review so far 5
22.11.2015 00:13

Good Service, Good choice of Asian Style dishes, freshly prepared. We had a sharing platter to start and our party of 5 all enjoyed their main courses from the a- la-carte selection - paid about £25 each with some drinks - live music from saxophonist - overall a very nice experience and excellent meal reasonably priced

Jilly B.
2 reviews so far 5
30.01.2016 19:55

The Eastern Restaurant provides good food and great service. The Butterfly Prawns and Hoisin Pork are particularly delicious. The staff at the Eastern are both efficient and welcoming.

James S.
1 review so far 6
22.04.2016 19:06

A very pleasant evening. It was nice to have a selection of tables. The service was very sharp, the food came very quickly after ordering and anything extra that we asked for arrived promptly. I will go back there.

William H.
1 review so far 6
22.08.2015 19:42

Terrific, a real discovery, great food made with fresh ingredients and care, excellent staff and live music via a saxophonist, oh, and very reasonably priced, I'd give it 10/10 if I could, we enjoyed it that much

Elizabeth K.
3 reviews so far 6
15.05.2016 21:18

The Eastern Special Set Menu was an excellent choice for our first visit to The Eastern. The food was very good as was the service and the setting. A very enjoyable evening out and we will return.

Darren O.
3 reviews so far 6
06.10.2015 18:09

Yet again a superb dining experience at The Eastern. The food was superb as was the service and the fact it was as much as you can eat all cooked fresh for only £15 was a bargain.

Derek N.
1 review so far 6
14.08.2016 15:47

Food was great quality and quantity service was great and atmosphere very relaxing Downside toilets very poor when entering the gents the ladies toilet door is visible with glass and should not be the case

Richard B.
1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 17:18

Unfortunately we could not find the restaurant, we will try again during the day time. But the add looked very tempting and I feel bad we didn't get a chance to try those delicious dishes.

Gary P.
1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 21:19

Great meal great staff. Relaxed atmosphere with brilliant comfy seats. For what we eat the bill was reasonable aswel. Would highly reccomend. Want be long till we go back as this was our first visit.

Alana W.
2 reviews so far 6
16.04.2016 17:52

Amazing! First time in a Thai and Malaysian restaurant and they exceeded expectations. Stunning place and staff were unbelievably attentive. The food was delicious....and that doesn't do it justice. Thank you, we will be back.

lorraine h.
1 review so far 6
26.05.2015 22:04

Excellent attentive service and lovely, tasty food. Family meal very good value for money, it was £14.95 for a good variety of set starters and mains. We will definitely make a return visit.

Elizabeth K.
3 reviews so far 6
19.06.2016 17:17

Once again excellent atmosphere, service and food. Would definitely recommend. A good introduction is to have a set meal as it introduces you to a great range of dishes which are beautifully presented.

Beverley D.
4 reviews so far 5
24.04.2016 18:59

Food was fantastic and served quickly, exceptionally well presented. Only complaint was that it was cool in there and sitting by the window you could feel the draft. We will return but request to sit away from the Windows.

Douglas B.
1 review so far 6
10.01.2016 19:37

An Excellent and varied menu, very nice and helpful staff giving great service. A most enjoyable evening in a beautifully refurbished restaurant with a comfortable bar area for a pre dinner drink.

Alex S.
1 review so far 6
06.09.2015 19:49

Great service and freshly cooked pipping hot food. Very well presented on the plates and would definitely I rely recommend to anyone. Also good choice of dishes not just chinese

Philip H.
1 review so far 6
29.04.2016 19:59

First visit since China House. Party of six and very impressed. Food lovely ,staff friendly and attentive amongst very pleasant surroundings. Made better by very capable pianist. A real treat

Anita M.
1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 17:20

we love the food at the Eastern and have been there several times. Service is excellent and the prices are really good too. Would definitely recommend the Eastern to everyone.

Trevor H.
1 review so far 4
14.10.2016 03:18

As usual the food is great and the service is really good. We did find it quite expensive and, unfortunately, we didn't think much of the singer. This was our fourth visit; we've never had a bad meal and will definitely go there again.

Scott O.
2 reviews so far 5
04.07.2016 01:00

Good quality food and a wide range on the menu. Decent wine list at reasonable prices. Staff very helpful and attentive. I would recommend this restaurant for both couples and parties of 4 or more.