Birmingham boasts one of the finest culinary scenes in the UK today. Jam-packed with Michelin starred restaurants, experimental cuisine and pop-up dining experiences, there’s quite simply something for everyone.
That being said, the city’s foodie scene keeps on growing, so we’ve pulled together a list of five Birmingham recent restaurant openings that are sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Grilled salmon with yuzu orange sauce. Book now to secure your table at Chi Kitchen for Valentine's Day! pic.twitter.com/iZqPxIqtfW
— Chi Kitchen (@chikitchenfood) January 23, 2016
Not the usual department store offering, Chi Kitchen brings a refreshing cornucopia of pan-Asian dishes – available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ambiance aside, the menu offers a unique and wide range of dishes ranging from Kaya Toast (with Singaporean coconut jam), to Pajeon and Eggs Benedict-San. Designed by Group Executive Chef Ian Pengelley, you are certain to find something to surprise and delight your senses on this exciting menu.
Level 3, Debenhams, Upper Mall West, Bullring, B5 4BL – chikitchen.co.uk
Original Patty Men
Self-styled Patty Pimps and Purveyors of Filth, the Original Patty Men sure do know a thing or two about patty slinging. Using locally sourced meats and ingredients, the Original Patty Men offer a limited and strictly delicious menu of burgers and sides. Beer drinkers are in for a treat as they also offer an eclectic range to accompany your meal. If you’re up for trying something a little different, we’d recommend their Krispy Kreme burger – this sweet delight works perfectly with the pink and delicious patty.
9 Shaw’s Passage, B5 5JG – facebook.com/OriginalPattyMen
Buffalo and Rye
Does Birmingham have room for yet another taste of Americana? Yes, yes it does. This small but perfectly formed venue is situated next to its sister venue, Bodega, and offers a warm atmosphere and a select menu of classics with a twist. Satisfy your inner caveman and take your pick from burgers, hot dogs, pit smoked meats and more. Buffalo and Rye seems to have got Americana just right – offering a seemingly authentic menu that fares better than most of its local competitors. Try the wings – you won’t regret it.
11 Bennett’s Hill, B2 5RS – buffaloandrye.co.uk
— watersrestaurant (@Chef_Waters) February 3, 2016
If you fancy fine dining with a menu that doesn’t terrify upon first glance and in a warm, friendly environment, this could be the place for you. The menu created by owner and chef, Andy Waters, reflects his classic style of British comfort food and classic French dishes, with a bit of a twist. Think sautéed scallops and king prawns served with deep-fried red mullet and saffron cream sauce and honey roasted fillet of pork, braised cheek with broad beans, celeriac, chorizo and a honey spiced jus. Our compliments to the chef!
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or you fancy pushing the boat out, make Waters your choice.
Floor One, Resorts World Birmingham, Pendigo Way, B40 1PU – watersrestaurant.co.uk
— Tig (@Such_aGinger) November 9, 2015
It started life as a stall in Spitalfields Market, but now, Square Pie has a number of restaurants across England, and for many, a trip to Glastonbury Festival just isn’t the same without a trip to the Square Pie stall. Their Birmingham base, which can be found in Grand Central, is ideal if you happen to me passing through New Street Station, but is also well worth a detour if you just so happen to be in the city. Try the steak and cheese classic – it’s delicious!
Unit MK13B, Grand Central, Stephenson Place, B2 4BQ – squarepie.com
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