It’s sometimes surprising to tourists that one of Birmingham’s most popular modern exports is the Balti. The Balti was created by Pakistani Kashmiri chefs in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham in the mid-1970s.
Traditionally curries were produced in large batches with lots of ghee and pastes. Balti chefs started to cook and serve their curries individually in pressed steel pans. There are over fifty Balti restaurants in Birmingham’s Balti triangle, and Al Frash is one of the most popular.
Al Frash was established in 1991, taking its name from the Persian word for “butterfly.” The owners claim that this name represents the fragrant, aromatic and delicious cuisine. The interior of the restaurant is sleek and modern, with dining space over two floors. The starters are what you would expect in a British Indian restaurant – pakoras, kebabs and bahjis.
For main course there is a wide range of baltis, as well as a number of house specialities including “White Rose,” which is chicken cooked with green cardamoms, cashew nuts & creamy sauce and which comes highly recommended by the chef, and the spicy Afrodesia - finely minced chicken & king Prawn cooked with ground ginger, garlic, mushroom & the restaurant’s Special Al-Frash sauce. There is a set meal available for four or more people.
Al Frash frequently crops up in the press and in foodie magazines. In 2009 it was rated by The Guardian newspaper as one of Britain’s top ten curry houses and in 2008 the restaurant critic Charles Campion named it the number 1 budget restaurant in the UK. In 2009 Al Frash launched its online ordering service so that customers could order and pay online before visiting the restaurant
Tel: 0121 753 3120
Address: 186 Ladypool Rd , Sparkhill , Birmingham B12 8JS