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 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 […]
Aktar Islam, who fronts Lasan in the JQ, is under fire for attacking city’s balti dish Birmingham Post article. Andy says: “There are some very good restaurants in places like the Balti Triangle around Sparkhill. Just because they are cheaper than Lasan doesn’t make the quality any less. “The balti is a unique style of cooking […]
A Guide with a difference has been launched highlighting the tremendous range of independently owned shops and restaurants in Alum Rock, the Balti Triangle, Soho/Lozells and Small Heath/Bordesley Green. This free Guide highlights the unique ness of these multicultural areas and on the eating front it includes information on Moroccan, Turkish, Lebanese and Iraqi restaurants […]
Students from University College Birmingham are undertaking research on people’s opinions and awareness of the Balti Triangle. Their findings will be published on this site. Watch this space!
Well done to Al Frash for their participation in Comic Relief and their ‘chilli challenge’ competition.
Taste of Birmingham is apparently not going to be the previous rather elitist affair in Cannon Hill Park in 2011 so hopefully this will be a great opportunity for restaurants in the Balti Triangle to work with Marketing Bham for the Autumn Event. All ideas welcome!
One of the original and best baltihouses, Shabab, opened its doors again following refurbishment … read the review!
The newly formed B’ham Balti Association propose to make an application to register the B’ham Balti. Initial discussions are underway with agencies to secure the European TSG (Traditional Specialities Guaranteed) mark. This aimed at ensuring that anybody who opts to enjoy a B’ham Balti experiences the real thing rather than a typical curry where the restaurant […]
A ‘Best’ B’ham Balti Competition is being organised with a line up of top ‘chef’ judges who should know better if they purport to be foodie gurus. Last year, the winning restaurant Grameen Kadar, despite being an excellent ‘curry’ restaurant by the way, wouldn’t know a balti if they fell into one.