Finalists for Birminghams Best Indian Restaurant 2011

Al Frash narrowly misses out on this years Best Indian restaurant award hosted by Birmingham City Council.

With flavours hotting up in the Balti Triangle, Al Frash's house favourite the Balti Chicken Pathia dish had been selected to go through to the final 'Cook-off' event on 7th January 2011 at the prestigious University College Birmingham (formerly College of Food).

The competition drew scores of creative entries from chefs across Birmingham, with submissions that reflected the best of the city, its people, culture and history.

Al Frash proudly represented the Balti Triangle as we were the only short-listed restaurant from the famous Balti Triangle in the final 5 restaurants.

The final short-list was drawn from a number of criteria including...

This year's highly-regarded judges included Luke Tipping, Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Simpsons; Aktar Islam, Chef Director of Lasan, Paul Fulford critic for the Birmingham Mail and a representative from Civic Catering, the Council's official caterers.

Short-listed to the final five, Chef Azam and the Al Frash team created a wonderful array of Balti's including various Jalfrazi and Pathia dishes served straight from the Balti and accompanied with fluffy, light mushroom fried rice.

We were keen to provide the judges with an authentic balti, and served the food in trademark pressed steel balti dishes.

Pipped at the post by the deserving winner, we aim to come back stronger, and in fighting mood for 2012!