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A SIZZLING EXPERIENCE

27-05-2009

PUNJAB PARADISE

(377 Ladypool Road,Tel.0121-449-4110)

Andy Munro continues his tour of the Balti Triangle and it goes with a sizzle at the Punjab Paradise.

The Punjab Paradise has been, like many baltihouses, family run for many years – a family renowned for its balti banter and customer care – originally the legendary Mohammed Shabaz and now his brother Tanveer at the helm, a Liberal councillor who not surprisingly also has the gift of the gab.

With its exotic outside palms, a gold clock that any rapper would be proud to own and a balcony for diners who are upwardly mobile ,it’s definitely one for the balti bourgeoisie.

Some tasty dips and a round of poppadums were soon followed by the house speciality,the ‘Sizzler Mix.’Literally a conversation stopper,the sizzle can drown out a conversation and is a spicy mix of tikkas, kebabs, pakora, onion rings and chicken wings. Mind you there was never any danger of me being too full to order the Balti Chicken Desi – a spicy home style dish with a drier presentation.

My partner’s Balti Chicken and Mushroom was tuned slightly more to the western palate with the Punjab’s distinctive coriander laden sauce . This was all mopped up with a coriander naan.(Allegedly the Pakistani Viagra). If you’ve time it’s worth trying your hand at a haandi – another home style dish slow cooked in a clay pot.

There was no room for a sweet but a very enjoyable meal nonetheless…. and a word of advice by the way.The old fashioned kettle in the gentlemans’ toilet is not for brewing tea!

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