Curries and COVID

Leading British Asian web magazine ‘DESIblitz’ recently interviewed a host of restaurants about coping with COVID and their future prospects. Pleasingly this included Balti and it’s worth looking at the video link below kindly provided by courtesy of Video Courtesy of

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Some recognition for Brum’s favourite dish

Arguably, the most influential food magazine ‘Vittles’ recently published a piece on the ‘Rise and Fall of the British Curry House‘ by Sri Lankan Brummie Thuli Weerasena. Whilst critical of  politicians in the past like Robin Cook trying to ‘curry favour’ with multi culturals by lauding dishes like chicken tikka masala and also being critical […]

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King Kong, the Nightingales and Balti

All things Brummie came together in the recently aired Sky Arts documentary about talented Brummie based band ‘The Nightingales‘. Parallels were drawn with the sustaining spectre (if unfortunately not the actual statue) of King Kong and the massively talented and surviving punk influenced band the Nightingales. This was all topped off by their talented singer […]

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Spreading the word!

There are a number of ecellent websites set up for curry lovers and one  is the website for the Royal Curry Club. So, I was pleased to clarify some facts on the Birmingham Balti in a virtual interview … Curry Chaat with… Andy Munro

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Balti Lockdown

There doesn’t appear to be any end in sight for restaurants of all shapes, sizes and cooking styles so where does that leave balti? Well, as small independents, they will need a firm steer and guidelines on COVID safe measures when they reopen and not the typical half soaked Bojo advisory approach, otherwise this won’t […]

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The Dirty Dozen

Sensational Kale Chaat at Tamatanga The Birmingham Mail recently published a list  of ‘top’ Brum curry restaurants based on ‘readers recommendations’. Not sure how this was publicised but I couldn’t see one genuine Balti House, nor any ‘desi’ pubs and not even arguably the City’s top Indian restaurant, the Jewellery Quarter’s Opheems. That’s not to […]

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Ale … but is it real?

Push Pineapple Ale I like to try different beers with my balti so with a Balti Chicken Dhansak lined up, I decided to experiment with a can of ale from Aldi’s brewer ,’the Hop Foundry’. Called the ‘Push Pineapple’ it seemed appropriate to drink with a dish that so often is topped with a pineapple […]

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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 […]

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Balti Buffoonery!

I’m not a fan of daytime TV which seems generally superficial in its approach to topics but I was tipped off by my daughter that a ‘Balti’ was going to be cooked on ‘This Morning‘.  It didn’t put me in the best of moods when Alison Hammond, the sometimes over cheery Brummie said that she […]

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