A Balti Gem

Azims is located on the Lozells Road and it is where I had my first balti well over 30 years ago. BYO alcohol is frowned upon but if ever there was a case for forsaking a beer for the night then this is it. The food is absolutely top notch and the quality is on a par with the copious quantities served up. My wife’s chicken tikka had a hint of lemon  and  although slightly salty was absolutely superb without the need for a bucketload of red food colouring … she reckons it was one of the best ever. My freshly prepared mushroom pakora was also excellent with the spicy dips ordered with the crispy poppadoms an excellent accompaniment.

Mains were a balti chicken pasanda for her … flavoursome and coconutty and, even better, not diluted out of all proportion by  the usual bucketload of sickly cream beloved of too many ‘Indian’ restaurants in serving pasandas and kormas. My balti chicken and mushroom was also equally superb with my sizzling baltibowl full to the brim with tender chicken languishing in a tasty sauce. In both our cases mopped up with a garlic and cheese naan perfect in its taste and consistency and a worthy contender if there was such a thing as a Nicest Nan competition 

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