I have lived half an hour drive away from the ‘Balti Triangle’ in Birmingham my entire life and have never visited there until a couple of weeks ago. This very shameful as I have been a foodie for ages and before my children came along; I loved having a Balti and a few beers on a Friday night!
There are many restaurants to choose from in the Balti Triangle and it took my husband and me a while to decide which one to go too. In the end, we settled on Al Frash Balti ‘The Butterfly’ on the Ladypool Road in Sparkhill. Al Frash seemed to be good choice especially due to all the national and international press it has received over recent years, including the Daily Mail, The Observer, The Telegraph and even The New York Times!
We arrived at 8pm on a quiet Wednesday evening and were immediately sat in the middle of the restaurant and we could hear the happy murmurings of our fellow diners as they tucked into their meals around us. Without asking, our waiter instantly brought over two glasses for our wine (it is bring your own bottle) and two minutes later, two poppadums’ and a selection of dips appeared too. The dips were yogurt & mint and a hot chilli one, which was my favourite. We were disappointed by the onion salad which came with the dips as it was only raw onion and tomato chopped up with no dressing on it at all. This was the only slight down point of our entire meal. The rest was amazing!
As a shared starter, my husband and I decided to order the Mix Grill ‘The Sizzler’ that included Sheekh Kebabs, Lamb Tikka, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Wings & Niblets. The Sheekh Kebabs were really moist and full of flavour while the wings were delicious and something we had never tasted in an Indian restaurant before.
My husband chose the ‘Butterfly Special’, which was King Prawn, Chicken Tikka, mushrooms and special Kashmiri spices. My husband does not like mushrooms, so asked for no mushrooms in his Balti. I ordered the ‘Archar Gosht’ which was lamb cooked in masala, laced with green chillies. We shared a medium plain naan and a fried rice to accompany our mains. We both loved our dishes and agreed it was the best Balti we had ever tasted. My lamb was tender and falling apart in the spicy sauce and my husband remarked as to how good the king prawns were. The naan was a duvet of perfection and the fried rice was light and fluffy.
Despite feeling very full, I decided to try some Indian sweets ‘Barfi’ for dessert. The restaurant has three flavours to choose from pistachio, chocolate and cherry. I went for chocolate and cherry with cherry being my favourite as it tasted of white chocolate as well.
Overall, we had a lovely meal at Al Frash and I would quite happily visit there again. The service and the food were excellent and I really do recommend them. Thank you to Travelodge for pushing me to visit the ‘Balti Triangle’ for the first time. It certainly will not be my last visit!
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Travelodge invited us to review a restaurant in the Balti Triangle and paid for our meal. They are also giving me complimentary accommodation in London when I attend BritMums Live.