According to twitter, this week is #NationalCurryWeek
It’s good to see that curry doesn’t get a day. It get’s a whole freaking week!!
As a teenager, curry wasn’t really my thing. I liked my Fish & Chips. When my Mum re-married however, she married a curry fiend. Which as I grew older realised was quite a common thing in Birmingham.
The first proper curry I ever had, was at my Mum’s 50th Birthday party, and it was at the Shabar in Sheldon, Birmingham.
After all this time, it’s remained my favourite curry house. It keeps it simple, serves traditional dishes at great prices and unlike some places that try to give you some fancy showcase for their food, but results in small dishes, here you get plenty of food.
I’ve been to and gone through various phases with other curry houses around Birmingham, but I always return back here, because you just know you’re going to enjoy it, and that you’re getting incredible value for money.
In 2013, the head chef at Shabar was one of the 46 recipients nationwide to receive recognition for their contribution to the Indian cuisine industry, and in 2015 was a runner up in the Masterchef promotions awards.
That alone should convince you, you are in one of the best curry houses in the country, let alone Birmingham!
I always have the same thing now. I know what I like. A chicken tikka rogan josh (yes I know Rogan Josh is not a traditional sauce to have with chicken, but I like it!) Balti, with a garlic naan.
Obviously there’s poppadoms and all the various dips to wet your appetite, and nothing goes better with a curry than a good ol Cobra beer.
If you fancy a top notch curry, get a table booked!
*I was not approached to do this favourable piece, and no goods or free food was exchanged in return. I have paid for every meal I’ve ever had at the Shabar (Unless a friend or family member was kind enough to offer to pay)