Beat the January blues – treat yourself to dinner in the city
With the Christmas festivities done and dusted, we’re all in need of a little pick me up. Beat the January blues by indulging in a delicious dinner at some of our restaurants in Birmingham.
Carluccio’s – Grand Central
If you’re in the mood for Italian, Carluccio’s is the place to go. Located in Grand Central, the restaurant brings authentic Italian food and flavour to the city. The menu includes a range of meat and fish courses and a range of pasta dishes. Can’t decide what to have? Try the ‘Trio di Pasta’ where you can pick three pastas from the menu to share with someone else.
Chaophraya – Bullring
Positioned in the heart of Bullring, Chaophraya offers a real Thai dining experience with a spectacular interior over two floors and an open kitchen. Tickle your taste buds with Chicken Satay to start, a classic dish of chicken bamboo skewers served with homemade peanut sauce, toast and vegetable relish. We recommend the chef’s signature dish for your main – the Massaman Lamb Curry, packed full of flavour. If you’ve got room, try the mango sticky rice for dessert.
Sushi Passion – Great Western Arcade
Until now, Sushi Passion has been a well hidden treasure but it’s now a popular hot spot to enjoy sushi. The traditional Japanese restaurant offers diners a taste of Japanese culture with a relaxed atmosphere as well as great food which is made whilst you watch. Try something new with the sashimi starter – a platter made up of tuna, octopus, scallop, salmon and prawns.
Bar Epernay – Mailbox
In the stylish setting of the Mailbox, Bar Epernay encompasses elegance and sophistication. The menu includes traditional British food such as sirloin steak, served with chips, pepper sauce and cherry tomatoes, as well as roasted rump of lamb served with goats cheese and wild mushrooms. If you fancy something sweet, try the glazed lemon tart which is served with blueberry compote.
Nosh & Quaff – Bennetts Hill
Situated in the corner building on Victoria Square, Nosh & Quaff boasts fun and flavour with the mouth-watering lobster taking centre stage. If that doesn’t take your fancy, try the gourmet burgers, hot dogs or ribs. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend the sharing waffle, topped with banana, toffee, peanut butter ice cream and crunchy bits.
Fumo – Waterloo Street
Fumo, which is part of the San Carlo Group, has been voted one of the top 10 Italian restaurants by The Times. It serves modern Italian food in the form of cicchetti dishes/tapas and offers a relaxed yet stylish dining experience. You can choose from many dishes including pumpkin and truffle risotto, Venetian style cod with onions and cream, and monkfish and prawns marinated in garlic, parsley and lemon.
The Victoria – John Bright Street
With a range of gourmet pizzas, burgers and salads, there is something for everyone to enjoy at The Victoria. Try the black + blue burger, which is a blackened cajun beef double patty with crispy bacon, blue cheese sauce, lettuce and tomato!
The Old Joint Stock – Temple Row West
Situated opposite the beautiful St Phillip’s Cathedral, the Grade II listed building is also home to the Old Joint Stock pub and professional 100 seat studio theatre. The mouth-watering menu is made up of famous pub classics including the speciality home-baked pies. If you can’t decide which pie to go for, try the ‘Ale & Pie Tasting Board’ which is made up of three mini-pies served with three award-winning real ales.
Buffalo and Rye – Bennetts Hill
Buffalo and Rye offers a taste of America in the centre of Birmingham. We’re talking dirty burgers, gourmet dogs, house smoked meats and all-day brunch. Just a stone’s throw from Grand Central, it is the perfect place for the ultimate comfort dinner. We recommend the St. Louis Ribs which have been smoked for six hours and then served with a selection of pickled vegetables and fries.
Adam’s – Waterloo Street
Adam’s use of traditional British flavours and ingredients in different ways has led it to being one of Birmingham’s Michelin starred restaurants. Featuring on the menu is lamb served with mint and purple sprouting broccoli, as well as duck with turnips and baby leeks. Feeling daring? Try the eight course tasting menu which includes rabbit, razor clams, hare and partridge.
There are many more places to eat in Birmingham city centre. Take a look at our handy guide here: www.shoppinginbirmingham.com/directory/eating