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The Top 5 Balti Restaurants in Birmingham

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The history of the Birmingham Balti

Some say that the Balti first appeared in the heart of Birmingham in 1977, and was introduced by Pakistani chefs, and has since become a staple in the Birmingham food scene. As per tradition, this dish is typically presented in its own wok, accompanied by rice and other sides like naan bread. For a balti to be called as such, it must be served in the dish it was cooked in. The sauce can include a variety of ingredients, including vegetarian options or any type of meat. Birmingham is now also home to the famous Balti Triangle, a cluster of fantastic Balti Houses, that are beloved by both visitors and locals. So, the Balti It is not just a dish but a tradition and an important part of Birmingham’s history.

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Birmingham, the home of the Balti, has one of the strongest foodie scenes in the whole of the UK. In 2022 Birmingham was named as Britain’s “most exciting food destination” by the Good Food Guide. From street food to Michelin star restaurants (of which there are 6 in Birmingham) this city really has everything a food lover could possibly want. However, Birmingham is known for its Balti currys, so we’ve decided to share with you, our favourite balti restaurants in the city.

1. Shababs

Shababs has garnered a fantastic reputation for itself, by being one of the best Balti Houses in all of Birmingham. This restaurant has been a staple in the Balti Triangle since the 80s and has continued to impress ever since. The modern interior of Shababs is a juxtaposition against the traditional and classic menu. The flavours of the baltis served here are unmatched, and the staff are friendly and genuinely care about your dining experience. Not only is Shababs loved by locals but its also revered by celebrity chefs, in a 2015 episode, the Hairy Bikers visited the restaurant and fell in love with the food!

Where – 163-165 Ladypool Rd, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8LQ

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2. Diwan Balti

Diwan Balti is one of three original Balti Houses in Birmingham, that is loved by the locals. Their menu has a strong focus on traditional dishes but also offers some signature dishes that really will blow you away. The service is second to none and Diwan Balti is very well-reviewed, which is a testament to the experience you are guaranteed to have when you dine there. This isn’t the only Balti House to have been paid a visit by a famous face, David Cameron dined there once!

Where – 3A Alcester Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B13 8AR

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3. Popular Balti Tandoori

Located in the Balti Triangle, this hugely popular restaurant never fails to disappoint. With a well-deserved 4.3 stars on Google reviews, a trip to Birmingham wouldn’t be the same without a visit to Popular Balti Tandoori. Their menu is extensive with a strong focus on balti dishes. The flavours are exquisite and the service is even better. This is a must-visit when you’re in the mood for a traditional Birmingham balti!

Where – 139 Ladypool Rd., Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8LH

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4. Royal Watan’s

If you’re looking for a taste of authentic and delicious Kashmiri cuisine, make your way to Royal Watan, a cherished restaurant in Birmingham since 1984. Founded by a father with a passion for good homemade food, this family-run Balti Restaurant on Pershore Road has solidified its place as one of Birmingham’s most well-established spots. With over 30 years in the industry, they remain dedicated to using the freshest and finest ingredients, ensuring each dish is a true representation of Kashmiri flavors. The commitment and desire for culinary excellence are palpable in every bite, making a visit to Royal Watan an inviting journey into the heart of tradition and taste.

Where – 602-604 Pershore Rd, Birmingham B29 7HQ

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Baltis are a birmingham delicacy

A balti is a Birmingham delicacy!

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Pay a visit to Royal Watan's fantastic restaurant!

Birmingham is home to the balti triangle

Birmingham is home to the Balti Triangle.


If you’re craving some top-notch Kashmiri food, Akram’s is the place to get it! They whip up the finest dishes, all handmade with the best-quality ingredients, creating food that’s like a work of art on your plate. They take pride in serving you not just a meal, but an experience. Akram’s provides their customers with mouthwatering Kashmiri cuisine and stunning baltis, crafted with love and passion. However, It’s not just about the food, it’s also about enjoying the welcoming atmosphere.

Where – 1526 Pershore Rd, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NW

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Final thoughts

Whether you’re savoring the flavors at Shababs, dining where former Prime Minister David Cameron once did at Diwan Balti, experiencing the culinary delight of Popular Balti Tandoori, embracing tradition at Royal Watan’s, or indulging in the handmade dishes at Akram’s, Birmingham’s Balti scene offers a delightful mix of tradition, innovation, and hospitality. As you explore these culinary delights in Birmingham, these top Balti restaurants promises not just a meal but an experience celebrating the city’s rich culinary heritage.

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