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From the hills of Lebanon, the streets of Syria to the hustle and smells of Marrakesh, all are familiar to the home of the Al-Bader family. Running home from school to the aromas of freshly baked bread, chicken tagine and the smell of freshly picked hanging herbs. So many things taken for granted like being able to pop into the fields to pick your own vegetables, olives, chickpeas straight from the ground and seeing mother turn them into amazing dishes to enjoy with family and friends. We have taken our life experiences and for the last 10 years been serving the people of Birmingham and beyond with our amazing authentic Middle-Eastern inspired dishes. Our kitchen team has over 100 years experience…
We really really liked the atmosphere and the mood of the place. Food was good. I confirm that the service was not the best, but waiters were really running around.. Maybe not enough of them? Other all a very enjoyable meal.
I ordered a delivery of the special at the time which was lamb shoulder on a bed of rice. The food was delivered on time and steaming hot. The shoulder meat was cooked to perfection. The meat just full off the bone. It was so...soft and juicy. The rice was cooked perfectly. Well seasoned and light. The salad was fresh.
All in all an excellent meal and I wouldn’t hesitate to order it again.More
Paid restaurants prices for a restaurant experience. But what my family and I got would barely pass for a takeaway meal...
£14 for a mixed grill and rice - half plate of overcooked and/burnt kebabs with the other half 'basa' (old) bland tasteless yellow coloured...rice. At this price point you expect some level of presentation a garnish or two or salad or sauce to go with it. Nothing. Then £12 for a shawarma and chips - it was even worse (mrs was not happy) - frozen chips and some very sad grey looking poorly presented shawarma. That was all that came on a plate that was meant to be worth £12! It was so unappetising that my wife left the whole plate. We've had more flavoursome dishes at £3.50 in and around Ladypool Road.
Very disappointing. Sad when perfectly good restaurants start to lose sight of what matters. Al Bader management please get your act together for heaven sake!
I would have given you 2 star or 'terrible' rating if it wasn't for the lovely Moroccan tea. But that didn't make up for our terrible restaurant experience following end of lockdown.More
We has a group of friends, have been going to this our local restaurants for years and always had great food. However, during our last two visits, the standard of food is not what it use to be. The salads in the past use to...be laden with lovely fresh chillies, japones, onions, carrot sticks, pickles. Recently, the salads are just full of lots of green leaves and few onions and carrots.
Their mutton soup was always delicious, but they no longer seem to offer this. Their other soups are still good.
Disappointed that they are not offering tap water (covid 19 prevents them) but only offer bottle water at a charge. All other restaurants we have visited since March, are still offering free tap water!
The restaurant is still popular, so must be doing something right.More
I went to visit this restaurant yesterday, my food came with a salad but what I received on my plate was a disgrace and amount that you could not serve a child to. When I questioned where my salad was the staff (presuming the manager...in a dark blue shirt) claimed it did not come with my food as I ordered rice with my Kofta KhachKhach. I explained I didn’t want the bread & requested the rice; I did not cancel the salad. The staff said to me “it comes with a salad or bread or rice” I said it does not state that on the menu and asked to see it again. He gave me the menu and it stated “SERVED WITH SALAD & BREAD” so I yet again explained it says with salad & that I’ve only changed the bread. He then told me that we never give both (meaning rice & salad). Which I know wasn’t the truth as I’ve been here many times before & they have indeed given both. So when I challenged him again he kept repeating we don’t give salad with rice and then I said so “why did you put a tiny amount of salad on my plate?”; to which he said “ok it’s a misunderstanding” It was not a misunderstanding, he just refused to accept he was in the wrong.
Overall, the food took over 40 mins to arrive; service was rubbish (my husband had to go to staff) & to top it off they have ignorant staff. I would not be returning here and ask others reading this not to bother either unless you want unnecessary inconvenience. It ruined my experience there.More
We usually have meals at Al Badr. However we wanted to try breakfast.. Was impressed with the variety of breakfast choice including omelette, meat, veg cold breakfast.
Loved the Beirut combo which included warm holumi cheeses, jam with walnuts, olives, fava beans, humus, bread and...tea. Absolutely loved the breakfast, felt like we were in middle East... Service was quick.
Nice and clean restaurant with middle eastern decor .
Food is fantastic, finger licking .
We ordered as per staff recommendation.
Mix Mezze, Mix Grill and star of the show "Lamb Tagine"
All dishes are served with freshly baked Lebanese bread (Pita).
Only down side...was drinks. Ordered 7up and diet Pepsi, served in a glass with no fizz at all.
On complaint, have been told that machine is faulty and drinks were replaced with overly price lemonade. (£ 3.80 each)...More
Came here for a late lunch with a friend. We had the hot mezze starter to share and I went for the salmon main. The food here is delicious and flavoursome. I usually like my food doused in chilli, but no need here as the...spices used were sufficient to satisfy my tastebuds without the need for heat. The service was attentive and friendly throughout and I’m looking forward to returning soon. Only thing I would ask them to look into is their no card policy, it was my treat and I had no cash, or a card to get cash, (just Apple Pay on my phone) so it was a bit awkward when my friend had to pay instead.More
I rang ahead to book a table for 7.50pm. Struggled to park so admittedly we arrived at the door at 8.00pm. We stood in the foyer being ignored for a while. At 8.10pm finally managed to give my name and they crossed off my booking....Loads of empty tables but did not get seated then. At 8.15pm we were seated. We knew what we wanted to order quite quickly (hot meze starter, two steaks, a kebab) but despite politely trying to catch waiters's attention they continued to ignore us. We repeatedly asked to give our order but were told to wait. At 8.30pm two men came in and sat down and the same waiter who repeatedly refused to take our order rushed over to take theirs soon after. We gave up and walked out and had to get a takeaway elswhere. I actually do feel a lot of the issue was that I am my daughter are women (had my younger son too with me) and they frankly only wanted to serve the men. Absolute shambles. I even walked past three waiters on the way out who could see that we had enough of waiting 35 minutes but frankly did not care or apologise. I have been a customer with Bader for years - since they first started. I definitely will never be going again.More
Al-Bader - Birmingham!
We visited this restaurant during the ‘Eat out out to help out scheme’, there was a big queue and had to wait 30 mins as there were 8 of us. We were taken upstairs which felt like a overflow area for large...groups / families.
The A/C was not working and the whole floor was really hot, you could see the frustration in many customers with the heat and no windows opened either. We were seated in the far back and waited a further 10-15 mins for a waitress to take our order. The food did take a while to come but again I appreciate this with the Scheme. On arrival of the food, we still did not have any plates - it appeared there was a gentleman who was running the upstairs area of the restaurant and was extremely rude. I had to ask a number of times for cutlery and plates and when standing up to mention this was told to ‘go back to my seat’ as if I’m a child!!
The quality of food was good but still a little bland when asking to make it spicier than usual.
If this is how they respect their paying customers I will no longer be dining here. This was another restaurant that seen cash in my wallet and asked if I can pay cash instead of Card - again not sure why?!
- Hummous Shawarma
- Cheese & Tomato Pizza (Kids)
- Kafta Kachkach
- Special Grill
- Coca Cola
I would give this a overall score of 6/10.More