Discount Halal Food Dining

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere!

With the credit crunch hitting our pockets it’s not easy to dine out on a regular basis especially if you’re taking the family out for a meal or are having to cut back on your spending to make your income stretch further as utility bills, petrol prices and general inflation goes through the roof! The good news is that halal restaurants are finally beginning to replicate the mainstream model and introduce a range of discount offers, money off vouchers as well as featuring on popular mobile applications such as Voucher cloud to make it easier for us to dine out whilst save money in the process.

So how do you go about saving money on your meal. While firstly get yourself on Facebook and Twitter and connect with any restaurant that might have a digital platform. If a restaurant is going to offer a special deal it will most certainly use Facebook or Twitter to promote the offer. Tinseltown is an excellent example of a restaurant offering halal food that utilises the social media power of Facebook and Twitter. Its lightening Monday deals are a fantastic way of encouraging its customers to come back and try a range of different special deals that offer a big discount to what you would normally pay. The concept of offering the deal on a Monday is not too different from Orange Wednesdays and encourages people to go out on a day they might not necessarily associate with socialising or eating out.

If you have a smartphone then make sure you download Vouchercloud which is a great application to help you save money on shopping, food, leisure activities and a whole range of other options. When we’re out and about in Birmingham we have no shortage of offers offering discounts at coffee shops, sandwich outlets, restaurants etc. The halal options are limited at the moment but that’s not the fault of Vouchercloud we need more of our halal restaurants to connect with social media. With every customer now likely to have a smartphone in their pocket its never been easier for someone to use an application to help identify where they can eat. If you can integrate a special offer to that interest then you’re more than likely to find yourself a new customer.

At the Halal Food Review we have set up our Facebook page to connect not only with our readers but also the halal food restaurants so when we see an offer we can also share it with our readers. That really is the power of social media the ability to see something and share it with people you think would be interested.

The other benefit of social media is the speed and simplicity in terms of letting people know there is an offer, we couldn’t possibly update the website every time we came across an offer but it’s incredibly easy for us to share an offer via Facebook or Twitter, it literally takes us one click.

So if you’re interested in finding good food at an even better price then join our Facebook or Twitter community using the buttons below or the top right hand corner of the site. Also a call out to our readers who are active on Facebook and Twitter as well as any restaurants. If you are aware of an offer or are running an offer let our community know by sharing the link or tweeting it. Whilst we try and keep up to date with things its impossible to catch everything and that’s where even the Halal Food Review can benefit from the social reach of our readers.

Just in the last couple of weeks we’ve been able to share with our readers how you can save money at Tinseltown, Guanabana, Archies and Peri Peri Grill and thats just the tip of the iceberg. I am sure there are loads of other offers out there so if you know of an offer a restaurant is running share it with us! If you like a page on Facebook or follow a Twitter account that we don’t just flag it up with us and we’ll add it to our network.

You can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/halalfoodreview or you can follow us on Twitter @halalfoodreview

Until the next time happy eating!

Rasoi Halal Food Review – Great Horton, Bradford

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere. We’ve been looking for contributers from outside of Birmingham for a while and we were really pleased to hear from Rachel a resident in Bradford who has agreed to step up to the plate pardon the pun.

Rachel is an active blogger who runs the Dinky Thinks blog which is her wonderful contribution to the blogosphere you can follow the blog by clicking the link above. We’ve got a special edited version of her review of Rasoi in Bradford but for the full fat feature including photos and additional thoughts please do visit her site and add it to your bookmarks. We’re hoping Rachel will be a regular contributor to the Halal Food Review so keep an eye on the site as we broaden our coverage to Bradford and Yorkshire!

You can also follow Dinky Thinks over on Twitter @DinkyThinks. Over to you Dinky!

A new kid has opened up on our block. Rasoi is located right on the traffic lights at Great Horton inBradford and occupies a former pub site. There is no parking but you can probably find a spot on the main road. Rasoi offers a Halal menu and a takeaway service. Eating on this Tuesday evening was me, my fiancée and my father…. All of whom are interested in curry…. Very interested in curry!

The décor is very red and very new and they did have a state of the art sound system, under floor heating and televisions installed. We opted for a drink from the non alcoholic menu (a strawberry lassi, Shirley Temple and glass of water) and have some free poppadoms to munch on whilst we check out the menu. The menu is quite small; which I don’t think is a bad thing to be honest; a lot of places in Bradford have so many items you just get lost trying to find anything you fancy.

The owners were fantastically friendly and courteous and the tables and restaurant were as clean as can be. The food did not come in any sort of hurry, despite how quiet it was, but we were not in a hurry so it was fine!

So to the food…. The menu has a range of English, Pakistani and Indian dishes with vegetarian options and meat too. To start with, we wanted the Dhal Bhaley (fried lentil dumplings) but they didn’t have any. We went instead for a Samosa Chat (meat samosa with chick pea salad) and a Papri Chat (fried crispy dumplings with chickpea salad). Both were delicious and fresh tasting… quite spicy and very tasty indeed.

For main course we choose the Tarka Daal (lentils infused with spices), Achari Ghost (lamb with spicy pickle) and a Lamb Special Balti – accompanied by roti. All was tasty and pretty blummin spicy too.

Rasoi have a special offer on at the moment for a free desert when ordering a main course. Deserts range from Kulfi and Rassmalai through to Jam Roly Poly and Chocolate Fudge Cake.

The meal cost £33 which we thought was great value for the portion sizes and we got leftovers to take home.  I would recommend Rasoi for the food, but it could do with a bit more of a buzz and a few more people…. Which will hopefully come with time – after all they had been open only 5 weeks! 

Read the full review at http://dinkythinks.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/restaurant-review-rasoi-great-horton/ along with more from Dinky.

Quality of Food – 7
Quality of Décor – 7
Quality of Service – 8
Value for Money – 7

Overall Score = 7