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Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere.

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Sameer Eats – Douglas Pizza and Grill, New Jersey

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere, we thought we’d share some love at the Halal Food Review by introducing you to our favourite reviewer from the USA who takes the Halal Food Review experience to a whole new level with live video!

Sameer is an institution back in the USA and if you like your halal food then check out his website at http://www.sameerseats.com you can also find Sameer on Twitter and Facebook!

In the meantime check out his latest video which features the Douglas Pizza and Grill in New Jersey, USA.

Which Restaurant are you most looking forward to opening in Birmingham

The Results are in for our 2011 vote to find out which restaurant Halal Food Readers were most looking forward to seeing open. Voting commenced on the 20th December 2011 and closed on the 4th February 2012. We had just under 100 votes cast from our readers who were given a choice of 5 restaurants and you’ve given us your verdict!

Congratulations to Haveli Buffet for getting a whopping 49.51% of the vote.  A special mention to our runner up Yaqub’s Steakhouse and Grill which received 21.36% of the vote. Both restaurants are now open. We’re expecting the other 3 restaurants in this voting category to open in the coming months with Fargo’s the most likely to open next.

Inshallah all our nominations in this category will go from strength to strength and continue to offer halal diners a wonderful experience throughout 2012.

 

Mughal E Azam – The return of the Halal Reviewer!

Mughal E Azam has got our Halal Food Review readers all shook up and its not just the hot Lahori spices the waiting staff pre warn you about before you order your dish!

I’ve now returned from my third trip to Mughal E Azam and I can say with complete certainty it is my favourite dining experience in Birmingham, the service is vastly improved from my first visit but in all fairness that was in the opening week and the food is equal to anything in Birmingham. The portion sizes are great, premium prices don’t always mean micro portions and Mughal E Azam has the balance just right.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the food as so many of our readers are providing feedback I would have to comment that on the three occassions I have been there the tandoori roti has been a let down. The roti is being cooked far to thin and as a result instead of a soft roti you get a dried roti that is doing its best imitation of a poppadom. My request to the chefs would be to add some extra flour and water and give us a roti with some texture to it. Some of the roti was so hard and sharp it could cut through some of the really delicately cooked lamb which was delicious. Other than that no grumbles from Mr HFR!

The menu offers a great choice in the most unique halal dining experience available in Birmingham. If you’ve not had a chance to go down, give Mughal E Azam a go! If you need to go to the toilet don’t wait till you get home, Mughal E Azam has toilets that would be the envy of every Mosque and restuarant in Brumistan!

Quality of Food – 8
Quality of Service – 8 – service is improving with each visit, though the waiting staff can be over eager to interrupt you every 5 minutes!
Quality of Space – 10 – the magic 10 has just been slam dunked!
Prices – 8 – Premium Prices but Premium experience
Overall – 9 – The new standard bearer in Birmingham halal dining.

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A B11 Food Renaissance!

Salaams and greetings from the halal blogosphere, once again I write with no intention of reviewing food which is a contradiction in terms but the more I think about the Halal Food Review the more I think it has a wider role to play rather than just inform people of how good or bad the food was!

Having recently visited the stunning Mughal E Azam on the Stratford Road its been great to sit back and just read the comments of our readers who have been sending in their opinions on the decor, food and service. The purpose of the HFR was always to create a community where no one voice is more important than the other so I really appreciate the time people take to submit comments and I hope our readers can continue to submit their views on a regular basis.

The stunning renovation of the old church for Mughal E Azam has got me thinking about some of my past HFR entries and one theme in particular which was the decline of the traditional balti triangle in Sparkbrook.

With the opening of the Mughal E Azam, the continued success of Hajee’s Spices and the current work taking place to relocate Ismail’s Grill to Sparkbrook, the redevelopment (again) of the old President and the imminent opening of Yaqubs is the balti triangle ready for a new renaissance in halal food that is beginning to offer a new dimension to compliment the strength of the historic balti offer.

Steak houses, Halal Chinese, Traditional Desi, Somali and Middle Eastern cafes, Kurdish Bakeries and dessert parlours are now part of the new dining experience. Even old favourites like the Codfather are opening up bigger premises along the Stratford Road corridor which for so long has played second fiddle to the rapid emergence of Small Heath as a hub for new halal activity across the Coventry Road and the traditional strength and familiarity of the Ladypool Road Offer.

Over the years the Stratford Road has lost Sher Khan, the Royal Naim and the Grand Tandoori to name just three long term victims. Slowly but surely with the arrival of Ismails, Yaqubs, Mughal E Azam to compliment the existing offer is creating a slow but gradual renaissance and I for one couldn’t be happier! Despite the progress there is still much to be done to bring Sparkbrook back to its balti glory days but for that to be achieved the balti can no longer be the driver for that growth. The food offer in Sparkbrook needs to reflect a new diversity and the changing face of a vibrant community that for so long has been a starting destination for new migrant communities making the long journeys to the UK and Birmingham to create a new and better future for their families. There is still much room for growth and development and it would be wonderful to see some of Birmingham’s halal food entrepreneurs explore even more diverse food offers to add to the ecclectic mix that is Sparkbrook life.

What would readers like to see in Sparkbrook or for that matter any part of Birmingham! Until the next time happy eating and may I take this opportunity to wish all our readers a blessed Eid and hope you have an opportunity to experience some of the culinary delights of home and restuarant cooking over the coming days as you celebrate with loved ones.

Stay blessed!

Mughal E Azam Restaurant Birmingham

This is a first for the Halal Food Review where we don’t actually complete a review. Yes I sampled the menu but in all honesty I wasn’t really wearing my Halal Food Review hat, mind you I’ve not been wearing it for a while!

So why do I flag up this restaurant? Well to put it simply its probably the most stunning renovation I have seen for any restaurant in Birmingham. Mughal E Azam is located on the border of Hall Green and Sparkhill just past the junction between College Road and Stratford Road. The full address is Church Hall, Stratford Rd, Birmingham, B11 4DA, just pop it in the old satelite navigation and it should get you to the restaurant, there is ample parking on site.

The owners have beautifully transformed the former church into the most attractive balti restaurant you can possibly imagine. They have retained the charm and beauty of the old Church and added some stunning touches in relation to the décor with influences from Mughal India and the Middle East.

If you are looking to take a loved one for a fine dining experience that is pleasing on the eye then look no further. Food wise my experience was generally pleasant with a fantastic starter and a main that could do better but as I said earlier I wasn’t in full review mode.

I definitely plan on returning and will update my review accordingly but for now I would encourage you to experience the restaurant for yourself. The scale of the restaurant also suggests it will be ideal for meetings, functions and intimate weddings. If you happen to be a restaurant owner I would encourage you to go down simply to see how you should design an eating space!

Until the next time, I’ll sign off for now until I hear the familiar call of Food I hear you cry!

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Where do you want to send the HFR Team next!

We’re keen to hear from our readers where they would like us to review over the next few weeks, we’ve added some suggestions from our team and regular readers and welcome any other suggestions!