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  • 5.0 star rating
    15/6/2012

    I was so glad to have been recommended this place by a close friend of mine. Me and 2 of my friends who are jetting off to India decided to catch up over their last British take on Indian food.
    It doesn't get much better than this place for a curry. Before even sitting down we had been given poppadoms and a selection of dips and they were quick to top us up when we were getting low. What great service!
    We shared 3 vegetarian starters and of them the tikka paneer really stood out as delicious! For main I ordered a lamb saag. It was spicier than others I've tried but it was perfectly tender and luxurious.  Naan bread is usually a side line you dip into your curry and don't pay much attention to. Well the naan bread here demands attention. I don't know what they do but they're doing something right!
    The mango kulfi I justified to myself as a palate cleanser (even though half of my main had to go in a doggy bag) was also beautiful and not too sweet. Price is reasonable especially considering you can bring your own (cheap) wine. Go- you will not be disappointed!

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/4/2013
    1 check-in here

    This place has surely had a few face lifts over the years and each time it gets bigger and better.
    I remember when it was just a small room with paper table cloths and steel chairs.

    What I loved on this visit was the open kitchen. You can watch the chefs cook everything and serve it up before your eyes. We had a table right at the front (see pictures).
    Very friendly staff, food was tasty but just a tad rich and it was presented beautifully

    Parking is anywhere on Stoney Lane however there is a small free carpark opposite.
    The toilets could of been better!!

    • Qype User lovely…
    • London
    • 129 friends
    • 92 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/9/2009

    The best curry in Brum. I hesitate before saying that it's the best curry in the UK, as I would like to feed my face some more before making such a blanket statement, but it's certainly knocked the London competition out of the water as far as I can see.

    Goodness though, where do I start with the curry. Firstly, here is not where you come if you like your eyebrows singed and little pain the next day. No, the curries here are made with roasted spices, cooked for absolutely ages until the chefs can be sure there'll be an absolute taste riot in your mouth. Each dish is totally different too. Some of the standouts are the lamb on the bone, the keema, the daal of the day, masala fish (sizzling and huge portion, equal to a whole fish!).

    The service here can be a bit hit and miss, although when it's spot on, it really is awesome to watch. There are usually about ten waiters on at any one time (it's a big place), running laps around the restaurant with huge trays filled with goodies. It can sometimes be hard to catch their eye for a corkscrew, or to order, and you can wait a while for food. However I might add here that this hasn't happened the last twice I've been. They must be sharpening their game.

    The atmosphere is raucous (huge groups of people make the pilgramage most nights) and loud (but not in a binge drinking hen night sense, moreso the enjoyable family way). It's BYO - you'll be given some queer glasses to drink from that'll make you think you're drunk before you start. The decor is modern curry house chic. Glass tables and pleather chairs all over the place. There's a curious waiting area with zebra print sofas and a huge telly always showing sky sports. Who knows why. Who cares, eat your dinner!

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/11/2011
    1 check-in here

    This is one of my favourite Kashmiri Restaurant on the famous balti triangle in Birmingham.

    I have been here very regularly with family and friends. The food is a mixture traditionally home-cooked kashmiri cuisine with a classic Indian twist.

    The staff have always been friendly, helpful and very attentive. ITs fairly pricey but for the quality of food that arrives at your table it is worth every penny. Also note that all main dishes are quite large portions so one curry between two people is more than ample.

    I can recommend the Samosa chat as a starter which is addictive combination of spicy meat/veg filled crispy pastry under a mountain of light yougurt. For main course i have always swayed between aloo saag and the unique tak tak(shredded chicken in light tomato sauce) chicken. Both can be enjoyed with rice or naan.

    Please do check this place out if you happen to be around Birmingham.

    • Qype User akeel…
    • London
    • 62 friends
    • 114 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    Nice modern and atmospheric indian restaurant. Delicious food and not too pricey. An excellent menu.

    This is a frequent eat out for myself and my friends and we've always left happy and full. The staff are friendly too which always helps.

    Also, the toilets are clean and attractively decorated.

    • Qype User Darcof…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 2 friends
    • 28 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    1/8/2007

    Food tastes very authentic, modern surroundings, relaxed atmosphere and you can see the chefs cooking the food in the back which is always a bonus for me. On the downside the tables are a little small so prepare to be intimate with your neighbours. A good student hang out, can get quite noisy and riotous at times. Value for money student priced grub great for going to and reminiscing about your mis-spent youth whilst being surrounded by them!

    I heartily recommend the Madras followed by copious pints of water.

    Food approx £12 per head without alcohol.

    • Qype User ErnieT…
    • Redditch, Worcestershire
    • 1 friend
    • 13 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/9/2011

    Excellent food, cooked in front of you, free poppadoms & loads of different dips. Would highly recommend the Chicken Boti (tikka) it's to die for.
    Cons It's so good that it gets really busy at weekends so recommend Monday to Wednesday nite I you don't wanna wait :)
    Tomo

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/6/2012

    In Balsall Heath lies Al Faisal which mixes authentic Asian cooking with a contemporary setting (including an open-plan kitchen).
    Starters are tasty, come in neat portions and are served with bottomless raita to quench the fiery mix of spice and chilli.
    I've written plenty about this type of food in Birmingham for Yelp, but have yet to mention the Second City's famous baltis - itself a misnomer as technically balti refers to the vessel in which food is served. During the last 30 years locally, it became the word applied to the food in a dish allowing a scoop-to-taste naan action.
    Generally, I find baltis a little unadventurous and prefer a fully-fledged, hardcore curry. But, when in Rome, or Balsall Heath (although not everyone would consider the area part of the Balti Belt), you have to try it.  I can confirm the balti here is a taste revelation. The Lamb Dupathia also stood out.
    The naan may too take you aback. Thin and crispy, it looked like the fluffy naan, with which I'm more familiar, on a diet. I am now sold on this variation.
    Personally, I think the 'Belt' of inner-city Brum is overrated and largely driven by a media, beyond the city borders, looking to trot out the easy angle. I was happy enough here, but I think Boldmere remain's Brum's best (and under appreciated) strip.

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/3/2009 Updated review

    Royal Alfaisal's offers an 'all you can eat buffet, for £5.95. They are not licensed but you can bring your own booze. Last time I went they had about ten curries on offer in heated, metal, containers, with domed, sliding hoods.The tarka daal was quite good and I also plumped for lamb, and spinach and lamb. There was plain or pilau rice on offer and the Naan bread was made to order. There were lots of couples, and groups of friends, for which the long benches were perfect. I think a vegetarian would also come away satisfied here. Don't expect anything of the sweets, then you wont be disappointed.

    4.0 star rating
    15/3/2009 Previous review
    The Royal Alfaisal does an 'all you can eat' buffet for £5.95. Like all the Balti restaurants in the… Read more
    • Qype User Zenit…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 25 friends
    • 75 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/10/2008

    This place makes some scrumptious Indian food! It is a little on the pricey side but nice for a treat or if you're going with a group of friends. The atmosphere is nice and the place is done up very well with a sophisticated air about it. There is a large upstairs seating area which can cater for large parties. Complimentary chocolates are given at the end of the meal, which are always a winner! Location wise, it is fairly easy to find in the infamous balti triangle! You can also see your food being made while you wait, which is always a bonus.

    • Qype User tahira…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    1.0 star rating
    4/1/2010

    An absolute terrible experience! Would never revisit!

    Baby chair provided was filthy!

    Service was slowhad to wait 25mintues before order was taken, even though the restaurant was not particularly busy.

    Food was over priced.

    Soft drinks only available in glass  no cans. When my drink finally arrived with the main course, after reminding the waiter. It only happened to be flat!

    Ordered mixed grill  meat was under cooked. It was like trying to chew on an old tyre

    Ordered 'Desi chicken curry on the bone'  received three leg pieces in curry sauce! May be the menu should read 'Desi chicken leg curry' instead??- Far from tasting desi!

    Overall a terrible and expensive experience  not worth it at all. My advice: don't be fooled by the fancy look of the restaurant from the outside as the food is no match to the image!

    PS: The raw fruit displayed on the front counter looks very unappealing (as it appeared to be going off!)

    Date: 04.01.10

    • Qype User greenl…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    4/2/2013

    Delicious food. Quick service.

    • Qype User lukekn…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
    • 0 friends
    • 30 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/8/2007

    What a great curry house, situated in the famous balti triangle of Birmingham, Al Faisal has recently been refurbed and looks great. Its bring your own alcohol as well which is always good for saving a few pounds. The food and service are fantastic and there's something for everyone on the menu, great range of dishes. Good if a few of you go, nice atmosphere. Big big thumbs up.

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