I was recently asked about whether I knew of any genuine Balti restaurants in London. As none sprung to mind I decided to do some research so after googling ‘Balti’ and ‘Brick Lane’ (the supposed epicentre of the London curry scene) I phoned a restaurant in Brick Lane called the ‘Eastern Eye Balti House‘. On questioning […]
Ex Blues cult hero and Senegalese manager Alou Cisse is in the news with their match against England imminent. Interestingly there is a balti connection which occurred when the now closed Royal Naim added an Alou Balti to raise money for the ferry disaster victims which tragically affected his family. Highlights of the Balti included […]
This was an enjoyable visit to the Spice Merchant, one of Kings Heath’s only two genuine balti houses. Early signs were good with prompt service in very comfortable surroundings. My aubergine pakora was fresh and tasty with just the right amount of batter. My main was a Balti Chicken with chunks of tender chicken languishing […]
The fight to get the genuine balti recognised and protected goes on. UNESCO run a scheme under their cultural banner which includes the universally popular,(?) Azerbaijan Flatbread being recognised. Bids have to be sponsored by central government and an approach to DCMS met with the response that they would be interesting in supporting. a bid […]
Shababs became the first balti house in the Balti Triangle to introduce ‘alfresco’ dining, albeit fleetingly, when the blogger ‘Rate My Takeaway’ visited the Balti Triangle. Obviously a man with a big appetite, he certainly seemed to enjoy his unique experience!
Another journey across the City to visit an old favourite … The Khyber Pass. A warm welcome, good service and excellent food. Starters were chicken tikka and onion bhaji. Whilst they were verging on fire engine red this shouldn’t detract from their freshness an excellent flavour. Mains were a balti chicken korma for her and a […]
I was kindly invited by the Centre of Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship to an event co sponsored by the Bangladeshi Restaurant Association to look at sustainability issues in a hard pressed section of the private sector. The Centre kindly sent out a questionnaire of mine inviting restaurants who cooked an authentic Balti to complete […]
Last week, I talked to some students at Queensbridge School about the history of Balti as part of their excellent project highlighting all things Birmingham. It was great to see Balti featuring in their poetry highlighting their love for their City …. definitely some budding poets and artists and a credit to their School!
Balti seems to have made a good impression in Canada, thanks to a press visit during the Commonwealth Games! …. Spirit of the West Midlands
Interesting to note that the recent English Curry Awards 2022 held in Birmingham didn’t feature one genuine Balti restaurant. It’s also a fair bet that all the award winners were of Bangladeshi rather than Pakistani derivation. It would be interesting to find out whether the organisers even knew what was an authentic Balti!