Local favourite, Masalla Merchant impresses judges in Parliamentary Tiffin Cup Competition

Stirchley’s very own Masalla Merchant was presented with an award from Selly Oak MP, Steve McCabe and Councillor Phil Walkling for being highly commended by the judges of Parliament’s annual Tiffin Cup competition.

The Tiffin Cup is a competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in Britain; started in 2006, now in its 9th year it is renowned for attracting high quality judges. The 2014 judges included Nina Wadia from Eastenders, Richard Tapner-Evans, Director of Catering at the House of Commons and the chair judge was Ainsley Harriot. The competition is sponsored by Lycamobile and this year is in aid of ‘World Vision’ Development charity that works with communities to overcome poverty.

For the 9 past years, the competition has sponsored a child in Kenya called Otieno to attend school. Masalla Merchant was put forward by locals after Steve asked people to nominate their favourite South Asian restaurant in the constituency and the restaurant was highly commended by the expert judges.

Masalla Merchant was opened 11 years ago by brothers Abul Kashem Junior and Abul Kalam Senior and is renowned in Stirchley for producing top quality curries from all over South Asia and is extremely popular with locals. Masalla Merchant’s best seller is their lamb shank speciality, slow-cooked for 45 minutes, but definitely worth the wait. The restaurant seats 132 people and is always full at the weekends and customers are free to bring their own drinks, so book ahead!

Steve McCabe MP said:

 “I was very pleased to present Masalla Merchant with an award that recognises their delicious cuisine. Selly Oak has many brilliant South Asian restaurants but this year I asked locals to nominate their favourite curry house in the constituency, Masalla Merchant came out on top.  I’m glad the judges highly commended Masalla Merchant and recognised the quality of South Asian food they produce, I’ll be taking a trip down there very soon.”

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