After six years of trying it seems likely that the Birmingham Balti is going to join the Lincolnshire Sausage in being turned down by the Eurocrats, for Food Protected Status. Andy, who has led a consortium of genuine balti restaurants said: “We spent the first three years developing the application and steering it successfully through […]
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A growing shortage of quality Balti Bowls may become a distant memory as negotiations with a local Birmingham manufacturer continues. Andy Munro says ‘Balti is an intrinsically Birmingham dish so it will be befitting if we can start to get them made again in their ancestral home!’
Apparently Channel 4 are looking for passionate foodies and are targeting Brum. Due to our ‘currylinary’ heritage, anybody who reckons they can cook a mean curry, could be in with an opportunity to impress … see below for details.
Beer seems to be the ‘new wine’ these days with talk of flavours, aromas etc etc but, in fairness, a proper ale has a lot going for it as an accompaniment to spicy food. Consequently, I was keen to see how the new ‘True Maharajah Cardamom Beer’ stood the test of ‘going for a balti’. […]
Thanks to an invite from Birmingham City Council Markets Dept, Al Frash represented the Birmingham Balti with cookery demos on the Bull Ring Market stand. Dishes cooked (and eagerly sampled!) included Balti Garlic Chilli Chicken, Balti Chicken Achari and the restaurant’s signature dish, Balti Aphrodisia. A range of pakoras also tempted the audience including mushroom, […]
Shabab recently hosted a visit from Kim Wiesener, a Danish journalist charged with writing the 21st edition of Denmark’s definitive tourism guide to England and Wales. Stopping off in the Balti Triangle, after a short tour, he polished off a Balti Chicken and Mushroom and declared it ‘delicious’. He reckoned his starter of Sheehk Kebab […]
Shabab hosted a visit of the Great British Food magazine who couldn’t resist a balti when they came to enjoy the increasing delights of Brummie cuisine.
Sir Terry Wogan recently paid a visit to top baltihouse Al Frash and used a shamrock shaped nan to mop up his Irish themed Balti!
Good to see a chef of Glynn Purnell’s talent keeping to his roots by highlighting Balti Godfather ‘Adil’ as his favourite restaurant ‘pick’. He was one of forty top chefs choosing their favourite restaurant for the Observer Food monthly.
The Story of Birmingham’s Signature Dish is a new book by Andy Munro The Birmingham Balti has received world wide recognition and acclaim from the New York Times to the travellers’ bible, The Rough Guide, but more than anything else, it holds a place in the hearts and minds (and stomachs) of avid baltigoers everywhere. […]