Pocket Number 17: Baltistan, Hitchin Road

Baltistan restaurant is situated between the High Town and Tin Town areas of North Luton. It specializes in traditional British-style Indian fare and has been around in Luton for over 25 years.

The white and wood beam interior is separated out into booths for post-COVID social distancing and there is a bar serving beers and cocktails. Bollywood movies are shown on TV screens and a mixtape of Indian songs are played to complete the ambience.

On Sundays Baltistan serves up an all-you-can-eat buffet rotating between several of the dozen classic British-Indian options of e.g. Korma, Jalfrezi, Bhuna, Dupiaza, Vindaloo, Madras, Dansak, Tikka and Balti curries on offer.

I helped myself to a little bit of most everything that was on offer and went back for seconds.

Kassim was busy front of house, welcoming guests and taking orders. I showed him a picture of Greg who had referred me to Baltistan. His eyes lit up in recognition and he said “yeah, I know that fellow.”

I gave my spiel about what I was doing and Kassim gave the assemblage a feedback slip and a mint and sent me to visit Spice of Caddington – in Caddington.

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