Bilash restaurant celebrates 35 years in Wolverhampton
One of Wolverhampton city centre’s most popular restaurants is rolling out a new menu this week to help celebrate its 35th birthday.
Bilash, which was opened by chef Sitab Khan in 1982, is looking to tempt diners with a whole host of new starters and main meals, all infused by a combination of traditional and modern Bangladeshi cuisine.
The milestone marks a rapid period of growth for the Asian restaurant, with demand for its fine dining and lively atmosphere making it a hit with local business leaders, footballers and musicians visiting the city.
Booking are up 20 per cent on the previous 12 months as a result of the firm’s £100,000 investment in creating a new look venue and state-of-the-art kitchen that, for the first time, allows you to watch the chefs in action.
“We are very passionate about our local roots and the fact that we have grown into Wolverhampton’s premier Asian restaurant. Many diners travel tens of miles to taste our cooking,” explained Mohammed Khan, who now runs the business with his father.
“It has been a very exciting journey, from having a small place with no reputation to, today, boasting a Michelin rating and being featured in the AA, Waitrose add Haden’s Good Food Guides.”
He continued: “To celebrate our 35th birthday and our re-opening after the Summer break, we are bringing in a number of new dishes that have never been seen before. Interest appears to be huge, with only a few tables left for the first few weeks back.”
Bilash, which employs 16 people at its Cheapside restaurant, seats 50 diners downstairs and a further 30 upstairs, which can be used for private dining or corporate functions.
The latter is a growing market for the family-owned restaurant with local businesses keen to impress customers and suppliers with a visit, whilst the Grand Theatre regularly take group bookings for show performers.
Mohammed concluded: “If you want to come along and help us celebrate our 35th birthday, we are offering our new menu for just £12.95. This includes an appetiser, choice of starters with fresh salad and a main course served with sundries.
“Diners can try the ‘Bilash Super’, Palak Ghosh, Keema Matar and Macher Johal…among some of our more established dishes. We’ve also teamed up with Majestic Wines to source a unique range of wines that complement the food on offer.”