Venue: Akram's, 1526 Pershore Road, Stirchley B30 2NW; website
Choice: Saag paneer (£3.90) Chooser: Waiter
The abundance of Indian restaurants in Stirchley is both brilliant and potentially intimidating to the uninitiated. If you fall into the latter category, or, if you've never paused long enough to consider the Pershore Road for supper, Akram's is where you should really start. You'll know it from the steamed up windows, neon signage and the fact it is opposite Stirchley Wine, which, though we've never tried the vin, has an enviable and substantial selection of beers (probably a good time to mention Akram's is BYO). Be sure to go with enough folk to warrant a selection of veggie sides, which are universally excellent. For its glorious union of spice, cream and texture it's the saag paneer (diced, firm Indian cheese with spinach), which always appears on our order. Unless you can handle a lot of spice, order medium hot, rather than hot. And never, ever eat at Akash, which, though sharing the first two letters of its superior neighbour's name, shares none of the kitchen's skills. Menu
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