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Where to eat in Birmingham

Dining in Birmingham?

When you’re so spoilt for choice, it can be hard to know where to start.

It’s even tougher when so many new names keep popping up in our ever-changing city.

We’ve picked out some of the best new Birmingham restaurants and cafes for you – tried and tested for our local seal of approval.

The big name on the block

TV chef Gino D’Acampo’s My Restaurant arrived in Birmingham at the very end of 2019.

Joining his London and northern city spots, the 200-seater restaurant offers relaxed classic Italian dining with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients. If the food’s not tempting enough, you’ll find an open kitchen to watch the chefs at work, plus a chef’s table for special occasions.

The location is ideal: on Temple Row, opposite the cathedral and next to the Ivy.

Gino D'Acampo's restaurant in Birmingham

The street Indian

Unsurprisingly, Birmingham has plenty of great Indian food on offer.

You can rely on the Curry Mile for a wealth of great food from across the subcontinent. But modern, street-style Indian food is ticking the box for many. Grand Central’s Mowgli offers hipster home-style cooking, while Tamatanga‘s big menu keeps the options open for a quick lunch or satisfying dinner.

Pick of the crop, however, has to be Indico – in the Mailbox, or the original restaurant in Shirley. Easy on the budget and big on flavour, the menu offers traditional options and North Indian favourites with a twist. Share a selection of chaats, treat yourself with a thali, or choose the Crunchy Pandey Tawa Burger – a pea and potato samosa crushed into a bun with a side of masala fries.

Indico thali in Birmingham

The vegan dining experience

Birmingham is blessed with a small but great handful of veggie and vegan-friendly restaurants. from the cheerful co-operative Warehouse Cafe behind Moor Street to The Stable‘s famous vegan pizza.

If you’re wondering where the Great Western Arcade’s 1847 is on that list, it’s closed. In its place, Land is now bringing quality plant-based dining to Colmore Row.

Choose between a set two or three-course menu or a ‘chef’s menu’ six-course tasting experience, all with a cosy intimate atmosphere. The menu offers a fusion style, featuring curries, Pan-Asian influences and hearty European flavours – ever changing as new produce comes into season.

Land restaurant Birmingham

The nearly new

If you’re a Jewellery Quarter brunch aficionado, you’ll already know and love Saint Kitchen.

Now under new ownership with the team behind Leamington’s Warwick Street Kitchen, this stylish coffee shop has kept its loyal fans, but refreshed the menu.

Expect great coffee, Middle Eastern-inspired lunches, and classic brunch with a twist – like avocado on sourdough with harissa poached eggs and bacon. It’s all freshly made in house, including their famous custard doughnuts. You’ll find Saint Kitchen open daytimes and weekends on St Paul’s Square.

Saint KItchen on St Paul's Square

The roll of the dice

Why not dine and play?

If you spent your Christmas holidays playing board games with family and friends, you weren’t alone – and you needn’t be shy about it.

Gone are the days of yawning over the Monopoly board. The rising popularity of German-style strategy games (try Settlers of Catan and Dominion) and party-style games (think Unstable Unicorns, One Night Ultimate Werewolf or Codenames) means board games are a big deal for all ages.

Chance and Counters in the Custard Factory will help you choose the right game for you from their library, and get you set up with the rules. You pay a cover charge of £5 for four hours. While you’re not just there for the food, the menu offers everything from coffee and snacks to burgers, tacos and craft beers. Be sure to book in advance on evenings and weekends!

Chance and Counters, Digbeth, Birmingham

 

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