Monday, April 6, 2009

Postcard from the curry house

Is it a bad thing when the staff recognise you as soon you walk into a restaurant? Well, I've been eating at the Kababish in Moseley for about fourteen years now (no, not every day!) and, as it's been owned by the same family for that time, I guess we've got used to each other's faces. There can only be one reason to return so often: the food is excellent. There is nothing wrong with the current spice-coloured d├ęcor (although I have fond memories of the old Parisian street scene mural), and the location is pretty handy. But it's the quality of the food that makes this a favourite (although I also miss the days when pick-and-mix balti was on the menu, things are a little classier now).

That's the Lamb Borti Bhuna on my plate – extremely tasty it was too. Across the table are the Lamb Pinnee, a side order of Brinjle Milaana, rotis and rice. Cobra to drink, obviously. I never intended the postcards blog to become the place for restaurant reviews but such a lovely meal deserved some kind of thank you. Apologies for the poor quality of the photograph, I was keen to get on with my dinner!

Of course, in the time I've lived in Birmingham I've been to many other good curry houses so, to spread the recommendations out a bit, other places I'd promote are Sylhet Spice in Kings Heath and Al Faisal's on Stoney Lane. I'm not a fan of Indian sweets, but the selection box I bought from Milan's Sweet Centre on Stoney Lane recently were demolished rather rapidly by those who know good from bad. All are independently owned, long established businesses with no city centre pricing. And all get busy, so make a reservation first.


rodgriff said...

I came across this because you commented on Lexi's blog - and one thing leads to another. I'm glad to now this place is still going, I remember it from when I loved in Birmingham about 12 years ago. It was good then. I rather like the Maharajah in Hurst St as well, city centre prices not withstanding.

postcardsfromk said...

Hi Rod
was that a serendipitous typo: when you loved in Birmingham?
Glad to hear that the Kababish has fans from (only slightly) further afield too.

From reading your blog I'm sorry to hear you had flood trouble. I work in floods and know that 2007 was particularly bad for your part of the country. Hope you've managed to get most things straight again.