Author Archive | Andy Munro

Balti hit and run

Top balti restaurant Shabab, on the Ladypool Road, has had to close for a few weeks following an incident when a drink driver crashed into their premises in a late night incident. Luckily nobody was hurt in the incident and the Police apprehended the driver. STOP PRESS;THE RESTAURANT IS DUE TO REOPEN FOR BUSINESS ON […]

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EU Authentication Latest

DEFRA have confirmed that the application to safeguard the ‘Birmingham Balti’ has successfully come through the UK Objection Period. The next steps will be a pilot to test out the authentication process before submitting to the EU Commissioners.

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Jamie Oliver magazine and curry culture

It was pleasing to see the role of the Birmingham Balti recognised in the magazine’s main theme this month of ‘Curry Culture‘. It also lists under ‘Best Bites’, their take on the best 30 ‘curry’ restaurants. Eleven are predictably from London with the next in line being Leicester and Brum. Of our three, it’s good to see […]

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The Birmingham Balti goes international

Birmingham’s famous Balti is now the subject of an application for European ‘protected’ food name status with an application lodged for it to be registered as a TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed). In doing so, it is the first ‘ethnic’ food in the UK to be the subject of a proposed TSG and, if successful, it […]

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Balti Tours are Back!

THE BALTI BITES BACK! After yet another round of unnecessary balti bashing by the ‘haughty-cuisine’ clique of City Centre ‘Indian’ restaurants,it is worth noting that the prestigeous New York Times has just placed Birmingham in its top 20 of ‘must see’ places in the world based on its food offer. Why,  might ask? Well although restaurants like Purnells […]

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Progress on Euromark for Balti

The Euro may be on the verge of being discredited but Europe may, at least, be about to do its bit for Birmingham’s signature dish. An application is currently in advanced stages of discussion in preparation for submission for ‘TSG’ status.

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Paradise No Longer?

The Punjab Paradise has closed its doors, possibly for the last time. Always on the decline from the halycon days of Mohammed Shabaz, it is still a great shame. RIP Ali (one of the best restaurant ‘House’ Managers in the business) and the back of house team who undoubtedly produced the best sizzler this side […]

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The Balti Debate

The recent unprovoked attack on Balti by Lasan’s head chef, Aktar, gave me an attack of gross indigestion as well as indignation but I’ve now recovered in order to set the record straight. First of all, Lasan is a great restaurant doing mainly ‘authentic’ South Asian cuisine with an innovative twist … therein lies the […]

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