|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.
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
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
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.
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