Friends introduced me to this restaurant in the heart of Birmingham’s “Balti Triangle” more than 15 years ago and I have been frequenting it ever since.
Al Frash serves one of the tastiest curries in town, and chef Azam and his team cook food that is authentic and fresh, with lovely clean flavours.
On my latest visit I started with a simple lamb sheekh kebab packed full of chillies, mint and coriander, cooked in a charcoal tandoor oven, which set my tastebuds singing. Next came a chicken balti served in the simple metal dish that gives the dish its name: this was cooked in a lovely sauce of herbs and spices that was packed full of the most wonderful flavours. The icing on the cake was a giant two-foot long naan to share with friends.
If you want alcohol with your meal, remember to stop off at the offie beforehand, as like many restaurants in the area Al Frash is BYO, although the obliging staff happily provide cork screws and bottle openers.
After the meal you may wish to stop at the Royal Sweet Centre across the road to pick up something for the journey home.
Al Frash is probably a round trip of two-and-a-half hours for me but I am happy to regularly make this journey!
By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor