When Tom Cruise was filming Mission Impossible in Birmingham he popped down to top Indian restaurant Asha’s and found he enjoyed his chicken tikka so much he ordered a second one.
Singer Robbie Williams visited a city restaurant so many times for a balti, they named a dish after him.
Other big names from Gary Barlow to Jamie Oliver are among the celebrities who, while in town, make sure they don’t leave the city without enjoying a curry first.
Read more: Tom Cruise downs TWO chicken tikkas with extra spices at Birmingham curry house Asha’s
And they are not the only ones who want to tikka bite of the action.
Most celebs have shunned our Michelin starred foodie scene to enjoy a comforting curry here.
So we have compiled a list of the best-rated curry houses, according to the stars.
The Keg and Grill – loved by cricketer Michael Vaughan
The Ex-England skipper was in town for the second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston in June 2021 – and after a hard day of commenting, sought sanctuary in one of Brum’s most popular Desi pubs, The Keg and Grill.
Well-known for its mixed grills and curries served up in a homely atmosphere, it was recently named in BirminghamLive’s best desi pubs to visit after lockdown.
He described his meal at the desi pub as “magnificent”. Read more here.
52 Upper Gough Street, B1 1JG
Asha’s – loved by movie star Tom Cruise
Ah yes, who can forget two Tikkas, Tom?
This top gun knows the place for a top curry when he sees one. Asha’s is long established as topping best curry awards lists in Birmingham and beyond.
It’s a very classy and buzzy place to enjoy a meal in the heart of the city centre.
So it’s no wonder Tom and his film crew popped in while taking a break from working on the latest Mission Impossible movie.
A staff member told us that Tom ordered a Chicken Tikka masala with extra spice with plain naan. Asha’s general manager Nouman Farooqui added: “It was surreal and a proud moment and achievement for us.
“We gave him one dish. He finished it and then asked for another one. There were five of them, so they were actually sharing. There was salmon, there was chicken, there was kebab.”
On our Asha’s visit, we loved the lamb biryani and keema. The cocktails are fabulous too.
You can read all about Tom’s visit here.
12-22 Newhall St, Birmingham B3 3L
Kababish in Sutton Coldfield – loved by Robbie Williams
We had to delve into the celeb curry archives for this one, as you can tell from the pic – but it was well worth it.
Several years ago, Robbie enjoyed a lovely meal at Kababish in Sutton Coldfield.
Recalling his memorable meal, the Angels hitmaker said: “It’s really good, I had a really good curry “! However, the particular dish he enjoyed was very different to the usual curry, rice and naan.
Speaking to BirminghamLive ahead of Take That’s Villa Park show in 2012, he said: “When I was last on tour and played the NEC, I used to go to a great curry house.
“I had a Balti with lots of salad because I was watching my weight and didn’t want any carbohydrates.
“They asked if they could call it the Robbie Williams curry. I was so proud.” According to owner Sydd Sadi, Robbie returned to Kababish with his mum and his then girlfriend, Geri Halliwell.
We bet she could handle her Spice! Sorry.
Read more here
266 Jockey Rd, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield B73 5XP
Kababish – loved by Noel Gallagher
There is room for more than one popular restaurant called Kababish in Brum.
And while Robbie William loves the one in Sutton, Oasis musician Noel Gallagher prefers the charms of down to earth Moseley favourite Kababish.
In 2012 Oasis and High Flying Birds star Noel Gallagher popped in on a Sunday night – and ordered a Balti Mix Jalfrezi.
Farooq Mohammed, one of the partners who owns the restaurant said: “Noel called ahead to let us know he was coming with other people – so we could make some arrangements for him.
“He was a really nice guy and had a chat with some of the staff when he went out for a cigarette.
“Apparently Kerrang Radio recommended that he tried us and we were obviously delighted to host him.”
29 Woodbridge Road B13 8EH
Lasan – loved by Gary Barlow
Robbie is not the only Take That band member to go crazy for curry in Brum.
In 2014 Gary paid a visit to acclaimed Lasan in the JQ.
This eatery is a lot posher than your typical curry house- with the prices to match – but we’ve included it as it’s a remains a long-standing Brum favourite.
At the time of Gary’s visit – chef Aktar Islam helmed the Lasan Kitchen. Gary called his cooking “the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten”.
As we know – Aktar went on to win a Michelin star at his own restaurant Opheem. Read our Opheem review here.
Others stars have also dined at Lasan. A-listers Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter were spotted there in March 2011.
3 – 4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, St Paul’s Square, B3 1SD
Jyoti’s Vegetarian -loved by Jamie Oliver
TV chef Jamie Oliver extolled the virtues of this very unassuming Stratford Road Indian restaurant in 2012.
South Indian eatery Jyoti’s Vegetarian is a charming, family-run place specialising in Gujerati dishes, including masala dosa and wonderful thalis.
According to Jyoti’s website, Jamie ordered a feast of vegan and veggie dishes on his visit. There is a whole list of his entire order online – so you can eat exactly what he enjoyed.
Choose from samosas, stuffed whole pepper, Pani Puri, Chana Masala-chickpea curry, Bengun Methi-aubergine and fenugreek leaf curry and aloo matar-potato and pea curry.
1045 Stratford Rd, Hall Green, B28 8AS
Shabab – loved by The Hairy Bikers
King of the balti houses – and one of the very few left in the Triangle.
Shabab has been open for over 30 years, and it shows – they still have their extensive menus stuck under the glass table tops.
The restaurant appeared in a 2015 episode of BBC series Hairy Bikers, with both presenters very enamoured with the quality of the curries.
When we visited, Shabab owner Zafar Hussain cooked up spicy, fragrant chicken balti in under 10 minutes.
Read more here
163-165 Ladypool Road, B12 8LQ
The Tipu Sultan – loved by Adil Ray
This palatial Indian restaurant was recently named among the best Asian restaurants in the Midlands.
Brummie star Adil Ray raved to us about Tipu Sultan back in 2015.
Adil told us: “My all-time favourite Asian dish is chicken curry on the bone, Pakistani style – none of this chicken tikka nonsense! The Tipu Sultan serves incredible Peshwari chicken – chicken cooked on the bone with green chillies.”
Formerly the Jug of Ale, it’s worth a visit just to soak up the Brum music nostalgia!
43 Alcester Road, B13 8AA
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