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Adil Tandoori Restaurant and Balti House

Adil Tandoori Restaurant and Balti House

148-150 Stoney Lane
Tel: 0121-449 0335

Adil's had been recommended to me a few years ago, and it must be over two years since I was last there. On this visit, we were returning home after the Easter break, and just couldn't face the thought of a motorway service station meal - likewise, we couldn't manage to wait the extra hour and a half to two hours to get all the way back home, so I turned off the M6 and headed for Sparkbrook, intending to go to a different Balti House - we just happened on Adils first.

Three poppadoms, a dish of sliced onion, a dish of raita (nice) and a dish of relish (v. nice) set the scene.

My wife and son both went for the Seikh Kebabs to start - I had the Green Chillies Bhaji.

Both my wife and son reported that the kebabs were below par - and rubbery. Meanwhile, I started on the chillies, to find the batter stodgy and tasteless, and the chilli mild. I gave one to each of my co-diners, and they immediately reeled, saying the chillies were very hot. I mocked them, but soon relented when I tried my second one - it too was extremely hot.

On to the main course:

Son - "Chicken Tikka Balti"
Wife - "Chicken Balti"
Me - "Meat Balti with Jalfrizies"
and a "Table Naan"

Table Naan: Lacked a little salt - but I'm not complaining - I suppose they must cater for a large number of people who either prefer, or need, less salt.

Son - Chicken Tika Balti was fairly tasty - he finished it and wiped the bowl - but then he's a student!!!

Wife - Never a hearty eater, nevertheless she does enjoy a good Indian. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them. The base was insipid, and she had expected the chicken to have acquired at least some flavour from the cooking.

Me - The lamb was tender, and quite pleasant. However, again the base was insipid, lacking in any verve or interest. It is as well that I love the taste of Coriander, because that was all that made the dish tolerable.

Facilities: Why do so many places have dirty toilets? My wife needed to use the facilities before eating, and said that the experience did nothing for her appetite. After I had used the gent's, I had to agree. There really is no excuse for toilets not to be spotless - especially in a food establishment.

Not recommended


** Update **

Adil's also have a restaurant in Brierley Hill, called the Waterfront Balti House. As luck would have it our intrepid reviewers have also checked this one out.


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Total Score: 32%
Quality: Below Average
Service: Below Average
Facilities: Below Average
Ambience: Below Average
Value: Below Average

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