Author Archive | Andy Munro

Endangered Species?

I recently accompanied acclaimed photographer and journo Dan Homer on a tour around the Balti Triangle and his article on the site ‘atlasobscura’ suggests the ‘real’ Balti is in a crisis. This is partly because of the Government’s continuing fantasy that there are lots of young people in the UK willing to graft in a hot kitchen […]

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Having a right wine!

There have been a few articles recently from the ‘experts’ about what wines to have with a ‘curry’ and the general message is that white is better than red and the favoured tipple is the much recommended ‘Gewurtztraminer’. Rose is also mentioned although seen by many as lightweight and frivolous. Eitherway, gone are the days […]

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Taking back the Street (food)?

If a proper Balti is a culinary invention that many enjoy, I suppose it doesn’t really matter if the burgeoning ‘street’ food scene is the genuine article or really nouveau Indian tapas in disguise and, to be honest, I enjoy my turmeric and masala chips as much as the next curry lover. However, taking this […]

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Pakistan … you’re just a small town in the Punjab!

House of Lords launch for Asian Curry Awards Public nominations open Asian & Oriental Chef Awards winners The ‘prestigous’ Asian Catering Federation have just launched their Asian Curry Awards 2018  and have urged people to vote for their favourite curry restaurant or takeaway citing a plethora of countries who produce variations of the UKs favourite […]

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Stepping back in time!

Abduls Café and Diner in Hall Green, on the edge of the Balti Triangle is in fact a rein(curry)carnation of the much loved Saleems until recently operating on the Ladypool Road. It’s certainly a throwback with its basic décor, cold display cabinet and even the old skool metal water jugs for those who haven’t taken […]

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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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