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Al Faisal

136 Stoney Lane, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
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Phone: 0121 449 5695

3 Responses to Al Faisal

  1. Andy Munro 30th October 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Andy’s Review

    Al Faisals, for so long a stalwart of the balti scene and allegedly the inventors of the Karak (family) Naan, have had the sort of facelift that would make even Anne Robinson envious.

    With tinted glass windows, giant cinematic TV screen and sheesha pipes, it is obviously a favourite with the locals on a night out, partly, I suspect due to its glitzy feel. Even the menu is a bit Shirley Bassey and it includes bottles of Bateel which is a sparkling date juice drink uncorked for that ‘champagne’ moment for abstainers from the demon drink.

    As might be expected prices are a bit higher but, in fairness, only fractionally so. We started with Chicken and Lamb ‘Botis’ but I’m pleased to say that the chargrilled pieces were from the breast. The portions were generous, subtly spiced and all round it was an excellent start accompanied by a well stocked chutney tray.

    Next up were the main courses – she went for a Chicken Korma which again was of a very high standard – creamy without being cloying and mild without being bland. My Ginger Chicken Tak Tak Talwa (try saying that quickly even if you’ve only drunk date champagne) was a lot drier but its combination of minced chicken and ginger was tasty without reaching the heights of the Korma. The accompanying Garlic and Coriander naan was faultless.

    Now, if I don my balti anorak for a moment, Al Faisal is definitely not a balti restaurant and doesn’t serve up a proper balti. However that doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent restaurant…it certainly cares about its food and is a definite culinary asset to the Balti Triangle.


  2. Elizabeth Shield 12th December 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    We made our first foray into the balti triangle last night and visited this restaurant on spec, and we’re truly disappointed. The atmosphere was excellent but the service was poor. The waiter was not concentrated and did not take a full order for either the main course or the sweet, so the restaurant lost out on revenue. The Chicken Tikka Masala was supermarket standard and the Pershawri Naan was definitely not fresh. Even though we will be returning to the ‘triangle’ we will not be returning here:(

  3. Karwen 3rd December 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Absolutely atrocious.

    Poor hygiene from the staff. Poor customer service from the manager. All they were interested in was to seat the next customer.

    Food… I wouldn’t even serve the homeless with this tripe. no class. The gajar halwa seemed like it was made 2 weeks ago and just heated up in the microwave. the chicken had no flavour, and the lamb, well if you can call it lamb was as dry as their personality. I think they were selling mutton as lamb. I will be asking trading standards to attend

    treat Asians different to the western classes.

    will not be coming here again.

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