Championship Chow: The Desi Junction

Posted by on Oct 19, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Desi Junction
43 High Street, West Bromwich
Distance from the ground: 10 minutes on foot
Average price of a meal and pint: £9

If you are willing to risk life and limb crossing an M5 slip road on foot, a good way to enjoy a pre-match meal on a trip to the Hawthorns is to make your way to one of the cluster of Asian-run pubs running the length of West Bromwich High Street. My recent trip was my second visit to the cream of the crop, the Desi Junction, housed magnificently in an old Victorian hotel. As a pub, the place is good natured but bog standard, with big screen sports and décor that has been spruced up slightly since my last visit in 2003, but it’s the food that really hits home.

Despite unwisely ditching the glorious buffet of days of yore (I once tucked into a curry with an egg floating in it: ever a winning combination), the simple menu still delivers when it comes to straightforward North Indian/Pakistani food. We enjoyed chunks of sheekh kebab and chicken tikka sizzler alongside main dishes including a potent and fresh chilli chicken and a coriander-infused lamb stew. The light rotis were delectable and the whole formed something of a feast given the low cost. A quibble might centre upon the unavailability of a couple of vegetable dishes and a waitress with selective hearing (we had a unwanted chicken curry foisted upon us and were too British to complain), but in total, this is a characterful way to kick of an afternoon in the Black Country.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

2 Comments

  1. Frank Heaven
    October 19, 2009

    The demise of the all-you-can-eat buffet is indeed a little sad, but the food quality is still far better than your average curry house in Anywheresville, UK.

    Other pubs in the same area offering pre-match Indian food include the Vine (mainly grilled), Sportsman, and Island Inn.

    Away fans may be less welcome in the latter two though.

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  2. Lloyd
    October 19, 2009

    Sounds great, especially to someone who lives in a town where curry and a pint means a trip to a Hungry Horse for Thursday's Curry Club. As I've said in a previous blog, the Wellington is another good option if you want to stay in Birmingham centre, although you'll have to bring your own curry.

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