Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Mugham e Azam

Manchester has a curry mile located on the famous Wilmslow Road known for it's large concentration of restaurants specialising in South Asian cuisine. Similarly, London has it's own famous curry quarters, Brick Lane, known for it's vast number of Bengali restaurants. Birmingham, the second city has it's own area known for it's curry houses, although as not as famous as Manchester's Curry Mile or London's Brick Lane, Birmingham's Balti Triangle has a large number of enticing curry houses. Consisting of mainly Pakistani restaurants,  Birmingham's Balti triangle is located in the areas of Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath and Moseley. Located 3 miles to the South East of the city, this area is easily accessible for visitors to the city and locals alike. As I work in Birmingham, I am very familiar with the curry houses in the Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath area. A drive through Stratford Road, I am reminded the brilliance of living in a diverse and multi-cultural city and am spoilt for choice with the number of restaurants in the Balti Triangle.

A restaurant which I drove past on many occasions is the Mughale e Azam restaurant, which is located in a former church, the imposing building looks intriguing. I've been to many Bangladeshi curry houses, but this is the first time I've visited a Pakistani restaurant. I arrived at Mughale e Azam at 6:30 on a Friday evening, there were a handful of diners, however throughout the evening, the restaurant became busy with families, friends and couples. One thing that I really liked about Mughale e Azam, is the stunning and opulent decor. 

My cousin and I started off with popadoms and a series of chutneys. The popadoms were crisp, I like the chutneys, however I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't any lime pickles.

 For starters we ordered Masala Fish, fresh fillet of cod marinated with spices and deep fried, alongside the Kastori Bout, tenderloin of chicken marinated with ginger, gram flour, fenugreek and topped with cheese. I really enjoyed the Kastori Bout, the chicken was fried and therefore crispy, yet the chicken was moist. The Kastori Bout was lightly spiced. My cousin ordered the Masala Fish which was lightly spiced and crispy.

For the main course, there was a range of new and exciting dishes. I expected Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Bhuna and Chicken Korma to be on the menu but they were not featured which was refreshing. 

I ordered the  Lamb Karahi £8.95, lamb on the bone with fresh tomatoes, onions and green chillies on top. My cousin ordered the Lamb Bhindi (okra) £8.95, lamb and okra cooked with spices, tomatoes and garlic.  My cousin shared that she thoroughly enjoyed the combination of lamb and okra and the flavour of the curry was rich. Although I enjoyed my lamb karahi and in particular ordering a curry which is on the bone,  I was slightly disappointed that the dishes were not very spicy, as I  do like spicy curries.

 For the side dishes my cousin and I decided to share the lemon rice £2.95, which is not only a fantastic colour, the lemon flavour really came through and complimented the rich curries well. As I love naan bread, we decided on ordering one naan bread each, the keema (mince) £2.60 and garlic naan £2.60, the flavours of both were absolutely amazing. 

If you live in Birmingham or plan on having a city break there, the balti triangle is definitely worth checking out. 
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Travelodge for asking me to review one of the curry houses in the Balti Triangle.

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