Eating out in…Birmingham


This month’s Eating Out In post is in Birmingham and comes from Emily who blogs at Recipes and Reviews. Emily is a Midlands based food blogger with a penchant for Japanese cuisine, Bakewell tarts and homemade pasta – but not all at once.

Over to Emily…

Having lived in the Midlands all my life, I’ve really noticed the growth in foodie destinations around the major central cities. From Leicester to Birmingham and Derby to Nottingham, you’ll be sure to find a favourite place (and a whole host of food bloggers to share their tips too). Birmingham especially has so many new independent openings, street food events and launch successes in the last few years. So from veggie delights and sumptuous steaks to tasty tipples and afternoon tea – grab your knife, fork and appetite for a foodie tour of Birmingham… 

The best place for… vegetarian inspiration

Bistro 1847 embraces natural ingredients and flavour combinations to create an inspiring menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes. Loved by veggies and meat eaters alike, the restaurant effortlessly achieves a gourmet feel with simple vegetables, handpicked herbs and edible flowers.


The best place for… dim sum

Featuring dim sum delicacies and classic dishes, Chung Ying Central serves up brilliant Chinese cuisine from their 3 Birmingham city restaurants. Be sure to try out their generous portions or crispy pork belly and steamed dumplings, as well as their beautiful flowering green teas.


The best place for… afternoon tea

Found soaring above Moor Street station, Hotel La Tour has a contemporary design and luxury feel. Make sure you book in for an afternoon tea soon – think high back chairs, a well stocked bar (and tea cupboard) and floor length cake stands brimming with delicate cakes and sandwiches.

The best place for… cocktails and a catch up
Found in the super cool Brindley Place and Mailbox district, enjoy an assortment of quirky cocktails and modern sharing platters at Gas St Social. Hints of Birmingham run through the industrial feel of the restaurant, which serves up something to suit all tastes.


The best place for… a steak

For a steak in the city, Anderson’s Bar & Grill is your place. Found in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, take your pick from perfectly prepared steaks and classic accompaniments. Speciality steaks include the likes of shorthorn fillet on the bone and rare breed Dexter sirloin chops.

The best place for… the Michelin star treatment
Owned by Birmingham’s own yummy Brummie chef Glynn Purnell, Purnell’s the Michelin starred restaurant is a popular Midlands choice. As well fine dining from the carefully curated bistro menus, you can also enjoy a brilliant assortment of cocktails from Ginger’s Bar.

The best place for… Indian fine dining
Featuring dishes from the BBC’S Great British Menu and having been on The Sunday Times 100 Best British Restaurants list, Lasan showcases the epitome of Indian inspired fine dining. The authentic Indian dishes with luxury twist were even loved by Gordon Ramsey – having also starred on the F Word.

The best place for… amazing Argentine cuisine
A little further out but totally worth the trip, Fiesta del Asado can be found along Birmingham’s Hagley Road. The Argentine restaurant presents a plethora of traditional dishes including spicy sausages and empanadas. Not forgetting a seriously mouthwatering steak menu…


The best place for… sushi

Sushi Passion is a charming independent sushi restaurant found in the gorgeous Great Western Arcade. The place is small with lots of character, but here you’ll find an inviting menu of Japanese delicacies and great service to match.

The best place for… contemporary British
With striking high ceilings and refurbished Victorian features, The Bureau is situated in a beautiful old building nearby the Jewellery Quarter. The modern influences see a vast cocktail menu as well as pick and mix sharing deli platters and appetising lunch offerings.


Ton find out more about Emily follow her blog Recipes and Reviews and find her on Twitter.

Sally is the publisher of Foodies100, the UK's largest directory of brilliant UK food and drink blogs and bloggers. Every day of the week, we promote the UK's best and most exciting blogs about food and drink.

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