The Masalla Merchant is a Bengali, Indian & Tandoori Restaurant in Stirchley, Birmingham.
Contemporary surroundings. Tasty food, more expensive than traditional Balti Houses but good quality.
Attentive service. Our meals have usually been accompanied by a complimentary liqueur, and the ladies are given a real red rose as they leave! nice touch.
Masalla Merchant is very popular and booking is highly recommended. Takeaway Available.
Masalla Merchant is a place where we tend to go on work meals. I have been here couple of time and although it's not mind blowing, they do a decent curry with a massive choice on their menu.
It is more a Bengali restaurant so you will find dishes you may not be familiar with, but menu consists of many dishes from the whole Indian subcontinent.
It's a bring your own restaurant which has certainly brought down the price per person when I have been in large group and split the bill.
For my starter, I had the fried Fish which was soggy with oil, which I didn't enjoy so much. My main dish was a tamarind prawn dish which was very rich in sauce and taste, There is a vast section on the menu which has the curry houses speciality dishes, which come with pilau rice which made it very good value.
Masalla Merchant is a nice restaurant in Stirchley which is very popular with the locals, and has been busy on both of my visits and worth a visit for sure.
We had a fairly good meal in here recently. The food was fresh and tasty and fairly reasonable. It was a busy evening, and the restaurant was fairly cramped, but we didn't have to wait too long for our food, and the staff were friendly and had a good chat with us. I like my curry hot, my wife likes hers mild - and they catered for both of us.
In fairness, we are spoilt here in Birmingham with a choice of literally hundreds of places to get a curry. As such, a restaurant really has to pull out all the stops to get a fantastic review, and we all have our personal favourites. In another city this would be one of the best curry houses around. In Brum it's just another curry house.
The Masalla Merchant is conveniently situated about 2 mins walk from my house. Admittedly, this doesn't particularly help anyone else so here's some info that might:
- On the plus side: the food is generally very good. Better than your average balti house, so you will pay a little more. But not much. I opted for the old tikka masalla: figuring that if the restaurant had 'masalla' in the title then it ought to do a good masalla. Which it did. Other good points: you can bring your own booze and there's no corkage fee. They also throw in a couple of little extra touches like a rose for the ladies, and little sweets and things for kids.
- On the minus side: the staff aren't always hugely friendly. It's often busy in there (a good sign) but I'm not sure that this completely excuses the occasional abruptness of the staff. When its really busy you can feel a bit squashed: there are a lot of tables in there, so when they're full you're pretty wedged in.
By and large, the Masalla Merchant is not going to change your life, but they do offer some nice touches.
Good, reasonably priced food. Attentive but not over-intrusive staff. Clean. Gets crowded but with all that going for it you can see why.
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