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?
Located in Birmingham’s popular Brindleyplace, Edmunds is a fine dining restaurant that seems to be an ideal venue for special occasions. But does the restaurant’s food live up to its exclusive image?
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.
Our giveaway tickets to Whisky Birmingham 2014 are worth a total of £80, and include:
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.”
Tickets for Whisky Birmingham are now on sale.
For further information and to book, visit The Birmingham Whisky Club online.
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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.