A testament to its superior cuisine and 35 years of service, Shababs usually has a queue out the door. There’s no better place to sample Birmingham’s proudest culinary invention: the balti, served piping hot in the same steel bowl it was cooked in. You can’t go wrong with the chicken classic, but Shababs also does a mean prawn version. Try it here, then treat yourself to an authentic balti bowl and cook it at home. —Richard Franks
Pretty much every UK town has its own legendary curry house – and every local curry house has its own legendary curry. Whether you like to keep things simple with a creamy chicken korma or spice things up with a fiery vindaloo, it’s hard to argue that curry is probably one of the most crowd-pleasing dishes you can get. But what curries are actually worth the trek?
We reached out to Time Out contributors from all corners of the country to come up with this selection of the absolute best curry houses in the UK. From prawn baltis in Birmingham to vegan punjabi aubergine in Brighton, we’ve handpicked the tastiest must-try dishes. Oh, and the best part? None of them are in London. Not even one.
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