Nuvo is in a tricky spot – between the ‘higher-end’ restaurants of Brindleyplace – and the faded glitter of Broad Street. The nightlife venue has just launched a new tapas menu, and that was what we went to try…
Situated on the outskirts of Birmingham city centre just off St Paul’s Square, Pasta di Piazza is an Italian restaurant offering plenty of traditional options. It is within walking distance of the city centre but located in the elegant Jewellery Quarter. We hoped the food would match the great location.
In a corner of upmarket Sutton Coldfield is Bhujon Cocktail Bar and Bengal Dining. It opened in 2012 with a promise to provide sophisticated dining and cocktails to the well-heeled. Our reviewer is back two years on to see how the restaurant has developed and evolved.
Right in the heart of the City’s ‘canal land’, just off Browning Street, a few minutes’ stroll away from the shenanigans of Broad Street and the mania of Brindleyplace, Canal Square offers an oasis of calm enjoyment. Would Juju’s, the café at the heart of this calm, be a treat as well?
Caribbean food is something I have fond recollections of from my childhood. My mother’s best friend was Jamaican and I have many happy memories of her mind-blowing food. So when I found out that Turtle Bay was opening in Birmingham, promising to bring authentic Caribbean food and cocktails to boot, I had to give it a go. I rounded up the girls and off we went on a Saturday afternoon to answer the question: Is Birmingham’s newest Caribbean restaurant as good as it looks?
Delve deep into Birmingham’s busy Colmore Business District and you will find a watering hole of good repute, boasting modern charm and rich in history. I visited the OCs (as it is known locally) on Edmund Street after work to find out if the dining at this venue matches its reputation as a pub.
Regards Indian Restaurant is nestled in Chad Square, a secluded corner of Harborne, a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the high street. It claims to serve up ‘the finest traditional dishes from all corners of India and Bengal.’ I went to get a taste and put this to the test.
Situated in the centre of Birmingham, Isaacs is named fondly after the proprietor Ifran’s youngest son, which sets the scene for an establishment based on pride and care. After hearing a lot about Isaacs, I wanted to find out what makes it any different to the many up-and-coming eateries in Birmingham.
This beer-themed gastropub in Birmingham city centre is a joint venture with input from Purity Brewing Co. and Simpson’s Restaurant. With two such highly-regarded names on it, Pure Bar and Kitchen arrived on the scene to very high expectations. We went to find out if it delivers.
Located in Birmingham restaurant cluster Brindleyplace, Cafe Opus promises to accommodate everyone with their modern British cuisine. But can it live up to the high quality food and experience delivered by sister restaurant Opus?
Rajdoot in Birmingham has been part of the curry scene for over forty years, and is one of the most established Indian restaurants in the city. Let’s see what this Jewellery Quarter-based restaurant, serving up North Indian cuisine cooked by chefs trained in India, has to offer.
Don Diego Bar de Tapas | Spanish | Sutton Coldfield
Don Diego in Sutton Coldfield was opened in 2012 by Alfonso Yufera-Ruiz, who hails from Gran Canaria. The business is family-run, and prides itself on serving authentic Spanish fare in a relaxed atmosphere.
A well-known Italian restaurant in Birmingham, Cielo has been in Brindleyplace for eleven years, and changes up its fixed menu every fortnight to provide diners with flexibility. But does this constant change fit with the challenge of delivering truly authentic Italian dishes?
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse | British | The Cube
Completed just a few years ago, The Cube is quickly becoming one of Birmingham’s iconic landmarks. It stands at twenty-five storeys, and includes luxury flats, a hotel, a health spa, bars and restaurants. Occupying most of the upper level, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse commands spectacular views of the city from the twenty-fifth floor. But is the standard of food equally high?
Situated on the water’s edge within Birmingham’s luxurious Mailbox complex, The Oriental seemed a vibrant and stylish eatery. As the name suggests, it serves different Far Eastern cuisines: Malaysian, Chinese, Thai and Japanese. Fusion can be tricky. I wanted to know if they would be successful at uniting various cuisines, or whether this Jack of All Trades would be a Master of None.
Sitting on the site of the former Lasan Eatery, you’ll now find Raja Monkey, the latest venture from the group behind Lasan and Fiesta Del Asado. Rebranded, renovated and rejuvenated, Raja Monkey attempts to offer something somewhat new to Birmingham: an Indian street food café. Does it work?
Chefs Nathan Eades and Grant Hill hosted a pop-up restaurant evening in Kings Heath, to introduce Birmingham to their very contemporary take on nouvelle cuisine, combining local and even foraged ingredients with artistic presentation and a bit of drama. But did the food match the flair?
Birmingham’s popular Chinese restaurant group Chung Ying has opened the doors to its newest addition, Chung Ying Central, located on Colmore Row in the business district. Drawing on years of serving authentic dishes in Chinatown, the new venture promises fifteen-minute meals for local workers from its lunchtime express menu, including dim sum and a special twist on a range of cocktails.
Turners is one of Birmingham’s Michelin-starred restaurants, and is located in the picturesque Victorian suburb of Harborne. Now’s your chance to win a gourmet dining experience at Chef Richard Turner’s exclusive venue.
Following the success of last year’s sell-out inaugural event, Whisky Birmingham, the city’s only large-scale whisky festival returns on March 1st 2014, bringing exciting new whisky brands and collaborations to canal-side venue, The Bond.
The Birmingham Whisky Club has given us two tickets to give away.
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Our giveaway tickets to Whisky Birmingham 2014 are worth a total of £80, and include:
Over 200 whiskies and expert tasting advice
A range of Whisky-Matching Masterclasses
Speciality cheese and whisky pairing with cheesemonger Capeling & Co
Chocolate and whisky tasting session with Kneals Chocolates
Soul Food Project serving with their signature Deep-South-inspired fare
Street food vendors Pop-Up Dosa dishing up Keralan cuisine
After-party at The Bond, hosted by The Victoria pub: ‘Afterhours Speakeasy’ with live music and whisky cocktails
Amy Seton, festival organiser and founder of The Birmingham Whisky Club, had this to say:
“As always, we welcome anyone at our events who has an interest in whisky – whether you’re an expert or a novice – there will be something for you. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about this historic drink in a fun, informal and sociable environment.”
Styling itself ‘Cocktail Bar and Kitchen’, Bohemian recently took over the large corner building at the main Moseley crossroads, that was previously home to a more rough-and-ready pub, The Junction. The venue is now decked out with exposed brick and a fancy fireplace, but how does the new menu check out?
Following its success in Manchester and Chorlton, vegetarian restaurant chain Bistro 1847 has now opened its first Midlands outlet in the centre of Birmingham, in the historic Great Western Arcade. Conveniently situated by Snow Hill station, it’s easily accessible from the city’s business district and ideal for visitors and shoppers.
In Turners Restaurant, chef Richard Turner has created a small pocket of Michelin-star dining in Birmingham, sitting unconspicuously on Harborne High Street. Its discreet size and location mean that you may even walk past it the first time you visit. But as we know, size isn’t everything.
Nestled away on Cornwall Street in the city’s business district lies Opus, a restaurant known for its dedication to sustainability, social responsibility and community engagement. Joining a handful of diners on a Tuesday evening, we selected three courses from the Market Menu, so called as the menu is put together according to what’s good and plentiful that morning at market.
Olly Smith, TV Wine Expert, to Host Dinner at Hotel du Vin Birmingham [Win tickets]
Olly Smith, famous for TV shows like Saturday Kitchen, The Secret Supper Club and Iron Chef UK, is launching a series of wine dinners, kicking off in Birmingham with a romp through The Classics: Wine’s Greatest Hits.
Recently, a special lunch was held to herald the upcoming influx of new bars and venues planned for the Calthorpe Estate in Edgbaston. The organisers chose one of the pillars of the city’s fine dining scene, Simpsons restaurant, to host. Although the menus are refreshed regularly, this review will give you a good idea of what to expect at one of the first Michelin star restaurants in Birmingham.
The building, a listed Georgian mansion, will appeal to anyone who appreciates historical grandeur. High ceilings, sweeping staircases and elegant rooms manage be both impressive and cosy at the same time. You almost get the impression of being at the home of a very rich friend, albeit one with their own private bar, cookery school and wrap-around conservatory.
Since opening just over one year ago, Purnell’s Bistro in Birmingham has been offering a menu of sophisticated cocktails and what it calls ‘rustic home cooking with an eclectic twist’.
It was founded by Glynn Purnell just around the corner from his other venture, Purnell’s Restaurant. Managed by Pete Casson, the bistro offers relaxed yet elegant drinking and dining on Newhall Street in Birmingham city centre…
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Adam’s Restaurant, by chef Adam Stokes, gained the celebrated Michelin Star accolade on Thursday 26 September. The venue joins the ranks of three other Michelin star restaurants in Birmingham: Purnell’s, Turners of Harborne and Simpsons in Edgbaston.
Adam, who previously earned a Michelin Star and 4AA Rosettes in 2011 while running Glenapps in Scotland, had this to say:
Birmingham Restaurant Deals | At Lasan, Purnell’s Bistro, Sabai Sabai, Opus, Edmunds and more
Above: Lasan, Harvey Nichols, Aalto and The Horseshoe are all participating venues
What does a fiver get you these days? A half-decent lunch on the go if you know where to look for it. A DVD or two, if you spot a good deal. Maybe even a bottle of good wine, going for a promotional price. Bargain things, really.
Adam’s Restaurant, Birmingham’s newest fine dining restaurant, is located at the bottom of Bennetts Hill in the city centre. Adam Stokes and his wife Natasha have moved from Scotland after receiving a Michelin star and four AA rosettes at Glenapp Castle, to set up here in our city. Adam’s is a two year ‘pop up’ restaurant which will see the team through until their new home is finished – a top secret location somewhere near to their current one.
You’ll find The Pickled Piglet nestled away down a side street off Birmingham’s bustling Broad Street. It has only been open a matter of months but already has a good reputation amongst the ‘foodie’ community.
I like to spend special occasions at the table. I especially enjoy the British tradition of afternoon tea, with its combination of savouries and sweets. With a birthday to celebrate, we decided to give Aria restaurant at a go. It’s housed in one of the most conspicuous buildings on busy Broad Street, the Hyatt Regency Birmingham.
An unassuming building in Acocks Green houses Punjabi Rasoi, the latest addition to Birmingham’s growing crop of Indian restaurants. Having heard of its promise to deliver a celebration of British produce, authentic spices and traditional cooking techniques, we pulled up a chair at Punjabi Rasoi.
One of the city’s bedrock institutions, University College Birmingham is based in Birmingham City Centre, and has over 8,000 students on Higher Education, Postgraduate and Further Education programmes.
Formerly known as the College of Food, the college trains budding chefs and hospitality people. We have its dedicated culinary teaching staff and state-of-the-art kitchens to thank for the many of the region’s current and future food professionals.
Housed within Hotel La Tour, Aalto stands as a dining venue in its own right, with a menu inspired by Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing. They describe the offering as ‘classic English dishes presented with a modern twist’.
At #FutureFoodies, Aalto will be presenting a Dessert Bar complete with freshly-made pastries and dessert wines.
Did you know that Aston Manor Cider is the UK’s largest independent cider producer? Still family-owned, the company brews its ciders right here in Birmingham – Aston, to be exact. The range includes Kingstone Press, which has been used by local restaurants in several recipes, including the lamb and cider creation above, from Fleet Street Kitchen.
HEFF is the regional food group for the West Midlands, counting among its members hundreds of independent food businesses based in Birmingham, the Black Country, and surrounding counties. These traders’ wares range from meat and poultry to confectionery, beverages and fresh produce.
“Ubuntu Handmade Bread is a community bread baking service, and seeks to change communities’ reliance on shop-bought bread and to teach people to bake their own bread which is often healthier and cheaper to make.”
Albert Smith, Founder of Ubuntu
Ubuntu is committed to sourcing ingredients within the region. The flour comes from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire, while the free-range eggs are bought even closer, from Birmingham’s Outdoor Market.
Miss Apple is on a mission: To introduce Birmingham to brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian confectionery treat. These soft little bonbons can be made in a variety of tempting flavours including chocolate, pistachio and even chilli.
When we announced that Lewis’s of Moseley would be joining us for #FutureFoodies, there was quite a response on Twitter. And no wonder. The deli is a Moseley staple, stocking a range of locally-sourced meats, cheeses and produce, as well as authentic Continental products like olive oils, pastas and cordials.
Melanie Glass makes her shortbread to a recipe she learned growing up in Ireland. Now a Birmingham resident, Melanie bakes treats for corporate and private functions. Devenish Girl is the name of her business – a name that also has its roots in the Emerald Isle.
You could credit Amy Seton (in the video above) with bringing the whisky wave to Birmingham. At any rate, the first Birmingham Whisky Festival back in March didn’t just wet throats; it whetted appetites for more. The Birmingham Whisky Club offers a number of events and tasting sessions at venues around the city.
Jack Brabant launched Birmingham’s first street food event last year, drawing inspiration from the popularity of high-quality mobile food fairs down in London. And the Digbeth Dining Club is still going strong, attracting a range of the best local traders who serve up freshly-prepared treats like burgers, paella, posh toasties, Mexican street food every Friday at Spotlight in Digbeth, from 5.30pm.