Ibrahim’s Steak House Groupon Offer – Birmingham

Salaams and welcome to the Halal Blogosphere where we have got the latest Halal Groupon deal offer for you. Ibrahim’s Steakhouse is offering a cracking deal where you can get a steak meal and drinks for two people for £13. So if you are in the mood for a great deal you better get your steak on!

To take advantage of the offer just hit the link

 

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Chicago Gourmet Burger Groupon Deal is back!

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere. If you’re in the mood for a Chicago Gourmet Burger then get yourself to the Groupon website and bag yourself a special deal where you can snap up 2 meals for £6 and 4 meals for £10.

The deal is on for a limited time only so get yours before they run out. Just follow the link and get saving!

Chicago Gourmet Burger Groupon Deal

Slice of New York Review – Birmingham

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere. We are slowly waking up from our halal food slumber and inshallah will bring you more news, reviews and views from the Halal Food Scene over the coming months.

We were recently alerted to the opening of Slice of New York on the High Street in Kings Heath at the Vicarage Road Junction. We have to confess when we first heard about it we didn’t really pay much attention. We’re quite used to seeing fast food joints open in Birmingham and then vanish almost as quickly as they open.  Slice of New York has only been open for a couple of weeks, the menu is still being tweaked, developed and added to and there seems to be some rather frequent changes to prices too! We’ve made two trips to a Slice of New York in the last couple of weeks and have seen the menu expand from a core staple of pizza options and Philly steak sandwiches to include homemade burgers with plans in place to introduce a pasta menu in the coming weeks.

Slice of New York occupies a small retail unit on the High Street, the first thing that hits you when you walk past is a rich and colourful display of pizzas in the shop front. As you enter you are greeted by a counter that runs the length of the eatery on your left hand side and a row of covers on the right hand side. The biggest challenge for anyone who wants to eat in is the limited width of the space which means that there are two rows of tables that seat a maximum of 2 people per table.  This is great if you’re a couple or eating with a friend. If there are more than 2 of you eating then it does mean sitting on different tables which is a rather quirky and interesting experience! We love the name and really like the concept, the menu and the branding is still a bit rough around the edges but definitely a work in progress.

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What makes Slice of New York even more interesting is that the owner has relocated / returned to Birmingham after living in Florida in the United States. Why is this important I hear you ask? The American influence is not just in the name but also the menu, there is no other place in Birmingham where we’ve seen Gyro served and the Philly and Greek Steak sandwiches have a definite American twist to them.

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So what about the Food I hear you cry.

We’ve sampled the Steak sandwiches, we’ve sampled the pizza and we’ve also sampled the legendary New York Special burger and we have to say the food is of a really good quality. The sandwiches are generously topped with meat, cheese and extras and for an extra £1 you can upgrade your sandwich to include fries and a drink. The sandwiches are not your typical baguette or panini which is easy to find in Birmingham and it really does give you an American experience in of all places Kings Heath!

The pizza is definitely the star of the show at Slice of New York, the clue is in the name and the branding 🙂 If there is one pizza we would recommend people trying it is the Al Fredo. The customer service team will also let you tailor your toppings. This cream themed pizza is the business and unlike anything we’ve experienced in Birmingham. Try it, love it and come back for seconds we definitely will!

The New Yorker burger is feast on its own, we didn’t need any sides to accompany the burger which comes topped with onion rings, salad and jalapenos. The meat patties are 100% home made and there isn’t a processed piece of meat in sight! As burgers go Slice of New York can compete with the best in Birmingham whether your preference is for Chicago’s, Fargo’s or Rock Diner’s burger of choice. It is great to see Birmingham develop a strong offer that is no longer based on picking a processed patty of choice.

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The big challenge Slice of New York does face is it’s location. It’s on the edges of the King’s Heath High Street shopping parade and the team at Slice of New York really do need to raise their profile and the marketing to entice potential customers in. During the two visits we made to Slice of New York there was a lot of passing interest in terms of people looking in but they kept walking on. I would definitely embark on a street marketing campaign that allows customers to sample some of the menu and maybe even run a special offer or two.

If there is one thing Kings Heath is not lacking it is places where you can buy burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. With competitors like Caspian, Big John’s, King Kebab, Al’s Diner and Papa John’s it is really important Slice of New York can carve its identity on to the High Street. Price will be a big factor in the battle for hearts and minds and we have a feeling that Slice of New York are still testing out price points as we have seen price fluctuations during our visits.

So what are the scores on the door!

In terms of the quality of the food we have no complaints. The food delivers with the Al Fredo pizza being the absolute highlight for us. For customers eating in the food could be served on traditional plates rather than paper plates but thats a minor grumble!

Space is a key issue and the seating configuration is not great, with a limit of two people per table it may put off larger groups of friends and families. There is no real fix to this due to the layout of the restaurant. This causes few problems when the restaurant is quiet but it could be disruptive during busier periods.

The Customer sales team are relaxed and friendly, they are more than happy to guide you through the menu options and recommend particular highlights. Pricing has seen a few fluctuations over the last couple of weeks but we think this is partly to test the waters as part of their soft launch. One thing we do like is the option to purchase pizza slices rather than a full pizza, the slices are very generous and it lets you fill your pizza craving without having to buy a whole pizza.

We’re looking forward to seeing the pasta menu come onstream but in the meantime we would definitely recommend checking Slice of New York out if you’re in the area. A word of warning Slice of New York does close around 8pm, we were told they will be reviewing opening hours in the future so if you’re planning on making a trip we suggest you err on the side of caution and go earlier rather than later.

Quality of Food 8.5 – Try the Al Fredo Pizza, it would be rude not too!
Quality of Service 8
Quality of Space 6.5 – the seating configuration is the key challenge here otherwise we like it.
Prices 7 – We’ve seen a few price changes, we’d like to see a more settled menu and pricing before we can give a higher score.

Overall rating 8 out of 10

Groupon – WrapChic Indian Burrito Special Offer

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where we bring you news of the latest Halal Dining offer at Groupon!

This week WrapChic which is located in the North Western Arcade next to Rackhams is offering a cracking deal offering diners 2 large Indian Burritos, Poppadoms and Drinks for a bargain £7

 

To find out more about the offer hit the link, it expires in a couple of days so be quick if you want to take advantage!

Groupon WrapChic Offer

 

2 eat for £12 at Deepali’s Vegetarian Restuarant Birmingham – Groupon Offer!

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where we can share another great dining out offer with our readers.

A few months ago I had a meeting with a vegetarian friend and we went to Deepalis which is located on Alfred Street, just off the Stratford Road in Sparkbrook. Some of our readers will be familiar with Dipyum’s the Egg Free Cake maker, well Deepali is located in the same building offering an extensive Indian vegetarian menu.

It was a refreshing change to go vegetarian and Deepalis offers some wonderfully interesting dishes that you won’t see on your typical balti menus. We would definitely recommend you try it out and with the GroupON voucher its cheaper than ever to try something different!

To get your Group On voucher click here

 

2 Chicago Gourmet Burgers + Drinks for £6 or £10 for 4 Burgers + Drinks

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where we’ve been fairly quiet over the last couple of months but we’re back to share an absolutely brilliant Groupon deal brought to you by the excellent Chicago Gourmet Burger Company.

You can pick up 2 burgers and 2 drinks for £6 or 4 burgers and 4 drinks for £10. The deals includes fries! (We thought it didn’t previously! That makes a great deal even better!)

To take advantage of the offer just click here vouchers are only available to purchase for the next 4 days but can be used until May.

Halal Food Review – Gaza Appeal

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere, today we don’t have a review for you, we simply make a request that you make a donation however small to support our brothers and sisters in Gaza. Urgent humanitarian aid is needed to alleviate their suffering. If you have already donated may Allah bless you and inshallah you can make dua for everyone around the world who is sufering. If you are not in a position to donate then make dua.

We’re not supporting any one particular charity so help through whichever agency you wish to. For ease of access we’ve included links to Islamic Help, Islamic Relief and Muslim Hands below. We’d encourage all our readers to foresake one meal out this week with friends and family and use that to make a small donation. Together inshallah we can make a big difference.

http://www.islamichelp.org.uk/gaza-emergency-appeal

http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/Gaza_appeal.aspx

http://muslimhands.org.uk/emergencies/2012/gaza-crisis/

Remember every little helps whether its financial or spiritual.

Stay blessed.