‘Birmingham Balti’ a hit in Rough Guide

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HAVING a Balti in Birmingham’s infamous ‘Balti Triangle’ is a must before you die, says a new travel guide.

The Balti stretch in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham boasts a number of Asian restaurants which attract a number of curry-lovers across the year.

And visiting the area is one of life’s “must do” experiences across Britain according to the Rough Guide who published a list of 25 experiences to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Visiting the Balti Triangle came in 15th in the list which also includes watching Premiership Champions Manchester United play at Old Trafford, visiting the Edinburgh Festival and surfing in Newquay.

The guide described the Balti Triangle as one of Birmingham’s “leading culinary assets”, adding it served “the best, simplest, non-nonsense, and above all, the cheapest Indian food”.

Mark Ellingham, series editor and founder of The Rough Guide said: “We all want to experience something real about a destination, and to seek out travel’s ultimate experience.”

The Balti Triangle’s inclusion in the list was welcomed by Birmingham’s Asian Balti Restaurant Association.

Tabriz Hussain from the association said “We are really chuffed that once again Balti restaurants in Birmingham have been highlighted for their excellence”.

The future of the Balti Triangle had been put in doubt after a freak tornado devastated parts of Sparkbrook in 2005.

A number of restaurants were forced to close for a long period but support from the local community as well as the city council has restored Birmingham’s curry mile back to its former glory.

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