You don't have to go to Bangladesh for the best curry in the world – you can find it in Birmingham. The city claims to be the UK's curry capital, and with Indian food this good, who are we to argue?
From mild kormas to scorching vindaloos, and earthy dahls to chargrilled kebabs, there's something for every palate. Check out these four brilliant joints, where you'll find some of the best curries in Birmingham.
Asha's know their way around seafood. Starters, mains, biryanis and rice all have something special to keep seafood lovers coming back for more. Kick off your Indian feast with battered calamari cooked with curry leaves, onion and ginger, and deep-fried to get that even golden finish. If you're feeling adventurous, then plump for the Lobster Panchphoran. A whole lobster – sourced from the local seafood market – is gently simmered with mustard paste, five spices and prawns.
Where: Asha's, City Centre
2. Tipu Sultan
Whether you're looking for a banging balti or fancy pushing the boat out at the weekend, Tipu Sultan have got you covered. You wouldn't want to miss their Sultani Chops, Tipu Sultan's signature dish. These lamb chops, marinated in a secret fusion of herbs and spices, are cooked over a blazing chargrill and served sizzling hot for a dish that packs a punch.
Where: Tipu Sultan, Balsall Heath
EastZEast love street food so much, they've dedicated part of their menu to it. The Kebab Heaven is one of our favourites, with fresh lamb, shami kebab and chicken kebab served up on a fluffy naan straight from the grill. But other quick eats are just as delightful – grab Punjabi Zaika, samosas with chicken pilau, for a taste of Peshawar on a plate. Or go veggie with the Punjabi Sabzi Roll – crispy vegetable rolls finished with spice and brought to you on a chilli naan. Street eats have never been classier.
Where: EastZEast, City Centre
As a previous winner of the English Curry Award, it's easy to see why critics love Pushkar – their Murgh Korma is majestic. Tender chunks of chicken are slowly simmered in a creamy yoghurt and cashew sauce, with aromatic spices adding just a whisper of heat. It's finished off with cream, so it's perfect for everyone who'd rather take a walk on the mild side.
Where: Pushkar, City Centre