Author Archive | Andy Munro

Is it now the Balti Rectangle?

With the closure of the iconic Al Frash, I ventured a bit further out from the Balti Triangle to Akram’s in search of another authentic balti experience. The restaurant located on the Pershore Road was packed with regular diners and Xmas Parties galore … a good sign. Poppadoms were paid for but accompanied by a superb […]

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It’s all (Fenu) Greek to me!

It’s been recently reported in the newspapers that a study by the Institute of Women’s Health suggests fenugreek is just the thing to restore a woman’s ailing sex drive. Now before their partner starts ordering balti methi gosht I should point out that the same herb was apparently used back in the day as an […]

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Pushing out the Balti Boundaries

Balti Bazaar in Stirchley With the sad closure of Al Frash in the Balti Triangle, I decided to seek out a  ‘proper’ balti further afield. Last time I’d been to the Balti Bazaar in Stirchley was over 20 years ago so here’s my thoughts after the visit. Staff were friendly and attentive  and although the […]

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RIP The Balti Butterfly

It was with real sadness that I learned that legendary balti restaurant Al Frash; with its iconic butterfly logo, has closed its doors for the final time.  A restaurant with an enviable reputation, it was lauded by the quality press food critics and visited by celebrities like Sir Terry Wogan.  From its legendary Balti Aphrodisiac […]

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Best of the Birmingham Balti

Here’s a few top baltis in which to indulge in a bit of naan dipping … Balti Chicken and Spinach at Shababs, Ladypool Road, the Hairy Bikers‘ favourite balti and also the top choice of regular customersBalti Lamb and Aubergine in organic coconut oil at Al Frash, Ladypool Road, a restaurant featured in the Guardian […]

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What a curry on!

Jabba Khan from Lasan and Aktar Islam from Opheems According to the Mail, two of the Jewellery Quarter’s curry giants are facing off … in the one corner Jabba Khan from Lasan and in the other Aktar Islam from Opheems. The latter accusing the former of plagiarism. Now, there’s no denying that Lasan won the Gordon […]

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The BBC ‘Balti’

I get a regular email from the BBC Good Food Magazine and this week, it was all about ‘cracking curries to make tonight’ with a sub plot of ’32 healthy curries everyone will love!’ This includes a ‘Healthier Chicken Balti‘ accompanied by a picture of the ‘balti’ in a shining silver bowl and a suggested 30 minute cooking […]

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Opheem; Posh Nosh

Just because my last request as a condemned man would be a genuine Birmingham balti, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like both a spot of fine dining and other types of dishes and styles of cooking from the Indian sub continent. Aktar Islam Opheem is Aktar Islam’s latest project and given the high standards […]

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Royal Watan

Definitely worth a visit is the Royal Watan in Selly Park which was once the haunt of the BBC Pebble Mill glitterati.  It’s very smart inside without being over fussy and had a healthy number of diners even though it was only early Sunday evening. Without further ado I ordered the Lassawalla Gosht. It is apparently ‘Grandma’s old […]

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Balti by ther bucket load!

Balti bucket? In holiday in Funchal, Madeira, I had to have a curry fix after days of alternating steak with the local speciality of scabbard fish. Luckily, I chanced on a family run place where the young guy had recently taken over the restaurant. Its name ‘Himalaya’ betrayed its Nepalese roots although apart from the […]

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