A love of Indian cuisine unites most of the UK, but there is some dispute about where the nation's curry capital is. Leicester and Bradford would stake their claims, but Birmingham would be a strong candidate as well. Indian restaurants in the West Midlands gave us the balti phenomenon, taking its name from the steel pot in which the sizzling curries are prepared. These type of Indian restaurants started out in the Birmingham districts of Moseley and Sparkhill, offering freshly-prepared curries with large naan breads for diners to share.
The style spread around the region and many West Midlands Indian restaurants are balti houses. The West Midlands has a substantial Indian, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani population, ensuring there is a plentiful supply of imported spices and specialist ingredients. Indian cuisine in the region could claim to be among the most authentic in the UK and certainly Indian restaurants are a vital part of a weekend night out in the West Midlands. If you’re visiting the area, use Quandoo to reserve a table online at West Midlands Indian restaurants.