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Birmingham Balti Tour

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Birmingham Balti Tour Dish

Birmingham Balti tours offer Midlands foodies a great day out.

I was lucky enough to be hosted by true ‘Brummie foodie’ Andy Munro, of the richly historic Jewellery Quarter and as Simon Majumdar of UK top foodie blog Dos Hermanos.

Balti (meaning bucket) guru Andy Munro, who advises the Asian Balti Restaurant Association, recently commented: “A true Balti is a genuine Birmingham creation. When Baltis became big, everyone jumped on the bandwagon.” Andy not only works to raise funds for the redevelopment of his city, but also heads up the Balti Association, which recently also announced its intentions to work with the Birmingham City Council to trademark the term balti – which was created in the city.

Baltis originate from the so-called “Balti Triangle” of Sparkbrook and Sparkhill, an area that houses some 50 restaurants. The balti has emerged as a favourite dish of the Midlands’ middle classes, but attracts relatively few adherents from further afield. Restaurants in the Balti Triangle reportedly get 11,000 visitors every weekend, who spend a total of more than £80,000. But only 5 per cent of the mainly affluent mix of professionals, salesmen and students come from outside the region to eat.

So, time to sample this wonder ‘bucket’ creation. Andy has, by his own admission eaten thousands of the things and he kindly gave Simon and myself {ETM}  and Stuart Phillips of The 2 AA Rosette Hundred House Hotel, near Telford in Shropshire, wo was  also keen to experience the real thing – a tour of the spiritual home of Balti, Ladypool Road.

Andy certainly knows his stuff and seems to know everyone in the city. As we walked the length of the street, car horns honked as their owners called out to him and every shop owner had a word for him. He took us to the hardware stores where the dishes were originally sold. The man who designed them died some while ago and there are only a few hundred of the real deal left. Andy is trying to by the original molds to see if he can have them made elsewhere.

All of this is interesting enough, of course, but means nothing if the food is no good, so Andy took the three of us to one of his favourite places on the street, The Punjab Paradise, where owner and local councillor, Tahnaveer gave us a tour of the kitchen to see Balti being made properly before sitting us down to sample more food that was entirely sensible for anyone who had already eaten curry goat, rice & peas and Caribbean patties. ” Read more of Dos Hermanos Birmingham Balti tour HERE

To enquire about Birmingham Balti Tours contact Andy Munroe from Here

If you want to sample the source of this great balti photo – it did taste as good as it looks. Punjab Paradise Restaurant. 377 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, B12 8LE – Tel: 0121 449 4110.
Owner: Tahnavee. Tell him James @ eat the midlands sent you!

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