Author Archive | Andy Munro

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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Balti to the bone!

I recently popped into 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 […]

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Keep Calm and Curry On?

Recently aired was a programme called ‘the Curry Kid’ which featured a Bangladeshi dancer whose Dad owned a curry house in Brick Lane and who failed in his bid to hand it over to his son who had other plans. Poignant at times, it raised several issues that have and will affect the curry trade.  The […]

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Pie Eyed

It’s just been announced that Fray Bentos have added a new pie to their expanding range. In this case it’s a vegetarian ‘balti’ pie to follow in the footsteps of their current version of a chicken ‘balti’ pie.  Now, when I was a lad the name Fray Bentos stood for tinned corned beef but more […]

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Balti or Pie?

The much heralded book about British Food  ‘Pie Fidelity‘ is out this week and after picking my way through pie and peas, fish and chips and cream teas, I found a chapter on British style curry. However, even better, the author Pete Brown acknowleged the Balti specifically and, even better he mentioned Al Frash one […]

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These are a few of our favourite (culinary) things!

Most things in the Sun newspaper should normally be taken with a pinch of salt particularly when the source is unattributed. However, it was interesting to see that the Birmingham Balti was rated fifth amongst a top ten of regional dishes … below Bakewell Tarts but above Lancashire Hotpot!  It should also be noted that our […]

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