Author Archive | Andy Munro

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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Andy’s review of the Merrymaid on Moseley Road

Situated on the edge of the Balti Triangle this lively pub does a roaring trade. Whilst ‘balti’ is on the menu, it’s best known for it’s gargantuan mixed grills. So, whilst I love my authentic balti, occasionally I have a longing for a sizzling mixed grill. Service was friendly if a little slow but when […]

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Knights of the Raj exhibition (but not Balti Knights)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a free exhibition which tells the story of the Bangladeshi community’s major contribution  to the much loved British Curry. It has some realistic ‘mocked up’ kitchens and dining areas although a trifle disappointingly the wallpaper isn’t of the flock variety. Some fascinating facts includes the statistic that Birmingham has the […]

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Best of the Balti

I’m often asked about my favourite places to go for a Balti in the Balti Triangle so here’s my current favourites and my reasons. I’ve listed them in alphabetical order so as not to upset any sensibilities! AL FRASH, Ladypool Road Al Frash has won a number of awards and favourite customers included the late Sir […]

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