Birmingham Halal Food Restaurant Websites – Updated

Salaams and a warm welcome to all our Halal Food Review readers old and new in 2012. One of the most common requests we have from our readers is if a halal restaurant has a website or not so we thought we would start a series posts which would list restaurant websites by their city. We’re going to start with our favourite restaurants in Birmingham. If we miss any out just complete the form at the bottom of this post and we will add a link. This will be a continously updated resource so that you have a A to Z guide to good Halal food anytime you need it.

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Abu Zayd Arabian Grill and Steakhouse
Website coming soon
0121 773 5646

Al Faisals
http://www.alfaisals.co.uk
0121 449 5695

Al Frash
http://www.alfrash.com/
0121 753 3120

Bader Restaurant
http://www.baderrestaurant.co.uk/
0121 766 5799

Chennai Dosa
http://www.chennaidosa.com
0121 454 1111

Chicago Burger Company
http://www.thechicagoburger.com/ Under development

Chop N Wok
http://www.chopandwok.co.uk/
0121 643 6430 Queensway Branch
0121 634 3977 Cannon Street Branch
0121 423 4060 Sutton Coldfield Branch

Desi by Imlees
http://www.desiimleesrestaurant.co.uk
01214494495

Desi Khana Restaurant
http://desirestaurantsinbirmingham.co.uk/
0121 778 4450

Fargo’s Food Factory
http://fargosfoodfactory.com/

Grameen Khana
http://www.grameenkhana.com/default.asp
0121 449 9994

Haveli Restuarant
http://www.havelibuffet.com/
0121 773 4555

Imlees Restaurant
http://www.imleesrestaurant.co.uk/
0121 449 4335

Ismail’s Grill
http://www.ismails.co.uk/
0121 706 3355

La Favorita Italian Restaurant
http://www.lafavorita.co.uk/pages/birmingham.html
0121 771 4112

Mogo Grill
http://www.mogogrill.com/
0121 705 9864

Mughal E Azam
http://mughaleazam.co.uk/
0121 777 9348

Peri Peri Grill
http://www.periperigrill.com/
0121 328 0348

Royal Watan
http://www.royalwatan.co.uk/
0121 471 1713

Shahi Masala Buffet Restaurant
http://www.shahimasala.com/
0121 783 4121

Shiraz
http://www.shiraztasteofpersia.co.uk/
0121 454 9911

Yaqub’s Steakhouse
http://yaqubs.com/

If we’ve forgotten to add one of your favourites to the list send us their details via the form below and we will add it to the directory.

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Chop Chop Noodle & Salad Bar – Mini Review

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where we headed to China Town in Birmingham last night for the opening night of BRB’s enchanting performance of Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome. We’re not just purveyors of good food here at the Halal Food Review we do like a bit of art!

If you’re heading into China Town it does make sense to try something Oriental for your pre show dinner. Sadly its not that easy to get a good halal Chinese in Birmingham in terms of the full sit down experience. Fortunately we do have a number of noodle bars around the country to keep us going to get a mini Chinese halal experience! So if there are any budding restauranteurs reading this please open a decent full sit down halal Chinese eatery in Birmingham!

Chop Chop Noodle & Salad Bar is located directly across Birmingham’s famous albeit now looking slightly run down Arcadian Centre on Hurst Street, it is located next door to the nearly equally famous Mr Egg an institution with clubbers who need a post party fix. They serve halal food too for some of our partying / clubbing Muslims …. moving swiftly on!

What about the food I hear you cry.

Chop Chop follows the standard noodle bar model where diners select a noodle or rice base, then add their choice of meat, seafood or vegetarian extra followed by selecting a sauce or flavour. What I do like about Chop Chop is that they have some interesting and new flavours that are unique to the chain rather than one of the other branded outlets. It gives you more reason to mix and match your dining experiences. A full menu is attached further down the review for your reading pleasure.

Chop Chop Noodle & Salad Bar has limited space for eating in, they have 3 or 4 bench style tables. I’d imagine most of their diners will opt for a take out option. Sitting in is fine but it can get a bit steamy with the live cooking taking place.  Apologies for lack of photos in this review, we’ll see if we can get some added at a later date, We didn’t have the best conditions for photography.

We opted for one selection from the mixed meal which includes a drink and prawn crackers. I opted for the Stir Fried Chicken Chow Mien with Egg Noodle whilst the wife opted for the Pad Thai with Rice Noodles. The Pad Thai was a definite hit, it really had some unique flavours and tastes, I definitely went for the safer option which was of a good quality too but it lacked the spark and adventure of the Pad Thai. Credit to the chef he did tell me I had gone for the safe option! The one big difference I did note between Chop Chop and Chop N Wok is the level of sauce with the dishes. Chop N Wok noodles come with a lot more sauce, sometimes too much sauce which sits at the bottom of your noodle box. Chop Chop has a lot less sauce. Can I be really demanding and state that my preference would be for a sauce quantity and consistency in between the two! I do like Chop Chop’s longer flatter boxes, it spreads the meal out a bit more and their noodles seem to be easier to eat without making a mess! So if sauce is a factor it might come into play on where you decide to eat!

Service was a highlight, the front of house staff were really friendly, they knew their menu and were not afraid to recommend suggestions to us. They were friendly and courteous without being overbearing. I like it when staff are passionate about their food and are happy to share what they would order from the menu, it gives me a bit more confidence in a place I am eating in.

Overall our dining experience at Chop Chop was enjoyable, its good simple food at a reasonable price and perfectly located in the heart of ChinaTown. Its definitely more of a take out place, but if you need to stay in and eat you’ve got the benefit of having seating available albeit limited. This is very useful in the current bleak Winter conditions in the UK.

http://mychopchop.co.uk/menu.html

22 Hurst Street,Birmingham, B5 4BN

 

Submit your dish to Fargo’s Food Factory

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere.  Just a quick reminder to our readers Fargo’s Food Factory is still looking for submissions to their X Factory competition. If you have a concept for a brand new dish then Fargo’s want to hear from you. The winning dish will be added to the menu and we’ll even come in and do a special Halal Food Review for the winning dish!

To find out more check out the flyer below

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for some Halal Socialising

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere.

A quick update to encourage our readers to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.  We tend to flag up discount vouchers, special offers and new restaurant openings via our social networks as they are more suited to short, quick updates that are often time limited.

To join us on Facebook visit http://www.facebook.com/HalalFoodReview and click like, it really is that simple and will only take a few seconds.

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Al Rabie Review – Birmingham

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where today we have a special guest review from a Halal Food Reader and a dear friend of ours Modasar Rasul.

Over to you Modasar!

Al Rabie review – November 2012 

Following on from attending Kristiane Backer’s book launch ‘From MTV to Mecca’ at the amazing Hubb Arts Centre, the wife and I with 2 kids and a baby in toe set out on a cold November evening in search of an evening meal. After some discussion, we decided to check out the newly refurbished Al Rabie restaurant on Coventry Road. 

The restaurant is well placed in the heart of the Arabic restaurant quarter in Small Heath and has a warm and inviting exterior. The restaurant opened a few months ago and is run by the same team that manages Bader a couple of doors down.  Upon entry we were warmly greeted by a friendly waiter who asked us where we would like to sit. We opted for a family room to try out a different experience and more relaxed experience especially when you have the kids with you. The ambience of the space was inviting and warm the decore is of a high standard and has a distinct middle eastern feel to it. We were guided to the one of the four family areas situated towards the rear of the restaurant. 

Al Rabie is a spacious, arabesque styled Lebenese restaurant which has a laid back no fuss approach to eating. One could even be mistaken for thinking they are in an up market café at times. The layout is contemporary but informal with a warm welcoming feel. For the more seasoned ethnic foodie there is even a floor seated family area towards the rear of the restaurant which makes for a really nice traditional touch. The bathrooms and wash facilities are top notch and clean which is a big improvement on a lot of other restaurants.  

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Although the menu lacked more adventurous options, it did offer a standard range of Arabic dishes and was very well priced. For our starter, we wanted something light and went for the Feta Cheese Salad which promptly arrived and was a visual delight. The fresh salad was beautifully layered with generous pieces of feta and drizzled in balsamic vinegar. It tasted as good as it looked! 

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For the main meal we opted for the chicken grill platter, the waiter hastened to inform us that it was sufficient for 2 or possibly 3 adults. We were two adults, two children and a hungry baby, so as a precaution, we ordered an additional portion of fries and we prepared ourselves to order more dishes if needed. For drinks, we decided to test the freshly squeezed juice option and went for a mango juice and orange juice. These were juiced immediately and delivered in large glasses with fun straws which the kids found amusing. They went down a treat! 

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Within a short period of time, chicken steaks, skewers of chicken kebabs, chicken shawarma and a generous portion of wings arrived on a large platter of aromatic rice, layered with peppers and roasted tomatoes. This was accompanied with a complimentary plate of fresh side salad. It was a sight to behold and a meal fit for a king. Although intended for 2 adults, the platter was more than enough for the whole family. The roast chicken was mildly seasoned, well cooked and tender and the rice was light and fluffy. The chicken kebabs and wings were beautifully cooked and the kids made sure they didn’t last long. Overall it was a great meal. The only area that fell short was the noticeable lack of sauces and chutneys which would have complimented the meal and completed the experience. The portion was so large that we were not able to finish it and had to arrange for a take away pack which the waiter promptly arranged. The experience cost under £30, this was a bargain. 

We didn’t order dessert but noticed a range of sweet dishes and beautifully decorated cakes on the way out as well as other diners mingled and enjoyed their coffees and hot chocolates. 

We enjoyed our first experience at Al Rabie and hope to return again someday. It is a versatile venue and can be visited for a quick coffee (with something sweet) or a full course meal. 

The restaurant also offers a lunchtime buffet which runs Monday through to Friday for those who want to try out a buffet option over lunch.

Quality of Food 7 
Quality of Service 7 
Quality of Space 8 
Value for Money 8

Overall score 7.5

For diners looking to eat at Al Rabie the full address is 392 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0UF

Krahi King – the return of the reviewer

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where today we made a return to one of our old favourites Krahi King on the Coventry Road in Small Heath. We’ve not been back to Krahi King in a very long time and since we re have returned the team have refurbished the restaurant.

There is still the traditional dining area downstairs which is largely a male domain, the space upstairs is now much more family friendly. Blue is the colour of choice in the new Krahi King with menus and seating getting the full blue treatment.

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On our return we decided to keep things light and didn’t order any of the krahi dishes which sounds odd when you go to the place called the Krahi King but we don’t mind being a bit odd and left field in the pursuit of halal food excellence.

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We ordered the sheekh kebabs which come in a generous helping with a side salad of lettuce, red onion and jalapenos. We would have welcomed some tomatoes but they seem to be in danger of extinction in most South Asian restaurants, we might have to start packing our own parcels for when we eat out! The sheekh kebabs were delicious, there was a slight difference of opinion as to whether they were perfectly cooked or slightly undercooked this would probably be down to individual taste. As far as my taste palette goes they were fine.

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The naan was just what we were expecting it arrived warm and soft without any of the crinkly bits you dread which turn naan orders into oversized poppadoms.

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If I had to pick a weak link in our menu selection then it would have to be the masala fish, it was ok but I expected better, I’d much rather restuarants serve a smaller but thicker portion that you can really sink your teeth into then a longer piece which is so thin around the edges that it feels like you’re just eating crispy masala batter which isn’t great!

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Where the masala fish was a let down the half chicken exceeded expectations, the chicken was perfectly cooked and remained moist, its to easy for chicken to dry out. The portion was a generous size and was definitely the highlight of the meal.

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Overall our return to Krahi King was a success, we didn’t try the full menu but from experience and reader feedback their curry and krahi dishes remain hard to beat. The refurbishment might not win any design and living awards but it has definitely made Krahi King a more welcoming place for families in particular.

Service was excellent, our waiter was attentive without being overbearing and was more than happy to meet our extra little demands that come as standard when you take the kids to a restaurant. Price wise Krahi King is hard to beat. So if you’re looking for traditional desi food outside of the Balti Triangle, Krahi King is hard to beat especially in Small Heath. We would definitely encourage you to take a trip to Krahi King.

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Pastry House – Birmingham

Salaams and welcome back to the Halal Blogosphere where we’ve been transformed into one of those buses you wait ages for then you get three coming around the corner at the same time!

With it being Eid and the end of half term, we’ve been out and about with the family which normally involves stopping off somewhere for some halal fuelling so to speak! This afternoon after a trip to the Science Museum we ended up at Pastry House which for Birmingham residents is pretty much an institution when it comes to going out and having Arabic tea and a slice of cake.

Pastry House is located on the corner of Coventry Road and Whitmore Road in the heart of the Arabic quarter. It’s not the largest of places but there is always room to fit someone in! They have recently expanded their seating outside the shop which was great in summer but not sure how popular it will in the coming months unless we get some nice outdoor heaters in place!

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If you are going to Pastry House you have to try the Arabic chai, its jsut what the doctor would prescribe for a cold Autumn day, throw in more sugar than you would possibly want to think about, add some mint leaves for flavour and you have the most popular choice of hot drink in Small Heath!

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You’re most likely to go to Pastry House for a hot beverage and one of the many cake or pattisserie selections. Pastry House do offer a limited but excellent range of paninis and our choice this afternoon was the Chicken and Coriandar panini which comes with a range of sauces. It’s very rare to find a decent halal panini place and Pastry House do serve some of the better ones. If you’re looking for a light lunch its likely to tick all the boxes. This is not 5 star dining, but for what it is you can’t go wrong.

No trip to Pastry House would be complete without the standard choice of cakes or sweets. We had the chocolate crunch and a slice of chocolate sponge cake.  We’ve eaten at Pastry House for longer than we can remember and both of these have been staple parts of our menu selection.

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So if you’re ever in Birmingham and need an interesting spot to satisfy your sweet fix or are in need of a hot beverage then Pastry House is difficult to beat. Its a wonderfully ecclectic insight into the wonderful diversity of humanity that makes up Small Heath. It’s simple, its cheap and its the perfect way to round off a meal you’re digesting from elsewhere or when you’re in need of a light snack and a much needed Arabic tea. It’s a small slice of comfort in the hustle and bustle of Birmingham of Small Heath. The characters behind the counter can be as entertaining as the characters who come in to eat and drink, so sit back and enjoy!

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