Chef shortage … but not in the Balti Triangle?

I paid a visit last week to the Shahi Nan Kebab House on the Stratford Road in the Balti Triangle. it’s one of my favourites even though it will never win any interior design awards. Custom is 90% Asian and it’s usually very busy yet I noticed one of the main guys who usually mans the front counter was missing.

I then went on to have one of the best baltis (a simple chicken and mushroom) that I’ve ever had in the thirty plus years of Balti going. At the end of the meal, the ‘missing’ guy appeared and I shook his hand and asked him to congratulate the chef on a superb meal. He laughed and said that the chef was off on holiday to Pakistan so he had assumed responsibilities. Chef shortage? Not at the Shahi, it would seem!’

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