A food magazine that doesn’t know it’s onions?

The Great British Food magazine featured a selection of top UK ‘curry’ restaurants and just managed to squeeze in one from Birmingham under a ‘home of balti’ tag. Strangely it was Lasan … now Lasan is a great restaurant deserving of many awards but balti isn’t one of them. If the magazine is to mention the balti […]

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Strictly Balti

The Strictly Stars waltzed into town and apparently Eastender’s star was desperate to get all the stars together to ‘try a curry in the home of balti’. It’s good to hear we’ve got a reputation with an ‘East End boy’ but let’s hope they went for a ‘proper’ one rather than some ‘posh nosh’. Anyway, […]

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Balti … it’s one of our own

The Beeb Website recently featured ‘Birmingham ..What’s to Love’ in honour of the City’s successful Commonwealth Games bid. In 60 seconds they whistled through everything from Canals to Heavy Metal. They also covered Brum’s foodie connections including Cadbury’s, HP Sauce and Birds Custard. Unfortunately all three are now owned by multi nationals but Balti (as the […]

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UK Recognition for the Balti

It was good to see Balti acknowledged in the well respected Harden’s UK Restaurant Guide for 2018. (See Birmingham Mail article). Al Frash makes a prestigous appearance flying the flag for the Balti Triangle. Harden’s Guide has been around for almost 30 years and its ratings are based on diner surveys rather than the pomposity of a […]

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Amber Rudd … are you listening?

To parody a footballing chant, it seems that the government are continuing to procrastinate over the obvious chef shortage in curry establishments across the length and breadth of the country. Apparently a group of 100 curry houses have lobbied the Home Secretary to allow 12 month visas for South Asian chefs  to come over to […]

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Brum scoops another curry award

Castle Bromwich is not exactly the Balti Triangle but like a lot of the City’s suburbs boasts some great (and usually unsung) suburban curry houses. Step forward, the Lime Pickle apparently voted the best take away in the UK. Not sure about their rules on home delivery  though! Incidentally, mine’s a Tetul Mix starter followed […]

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Landlord in Curry Stink Farce

According to the news today (via the Independent), a landlord, based in Kent, has been taken to court for trying to ban tenants from Pakistan and similar regions because of the ‘curry smell’. He claims that the local community all agree with him but let’s hope that’s not a reflection on Kent. Either way, it’s […]

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From the Bull Ring to the Balti Triangle

When visitors head for a shopping spree in Birmingham usually, the Bull Ring is firmly in their sights. Perhaps they don’t realise that just a couple of miles down the road is the UK’s most independent shopping centre where over 95% of the shops are independent. This is according to data just released by the […]

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Shortage of Curry Chef Debate Hots Up

With the Bangladesh Caterers Association UK claiming that every week, a couple of Curry Restaurants are closing down, the debate on addressing the shortage of curry chefs boiled up again (See Birmingham Mail 30 Oct 2017). The new West Midlands  Mayor, Andy Street, has called for more home grown youngsters to be trained to join […]

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The Great Curry Out

According to a survey by OnePoll.com it now seems that curry is back at the top of the most popular takeaway choice and within that category the ubiquitous Chicken Tikka Masala. Apparently the fearless Glaswegians like it the hottest (no surprise there!) but the Brummies order the most. Let’s hope that it’s not a case […]

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