Food heaven in Birmingham

  • 31st March 2017
Fine Dining in Birmingham

Birmingham takes food seriously. And, with the most Michelin starred restaurants in the UK outside London, its culinary reputation is growing year on year. Delicious food can be found across the city and who says you need a place in the world’s most prestigious food guide to be considered high-quality? For some, the idea of “food heaven” is a juicy burger or a well-spiced curry – so we’ve covered restaurants to please all appetites.

Birmingham is famous for quality Indian cuisine. Lasan shot to fame after it won “best local restaurant” in Gordon Ramsay’s TV series. Expect to have your idea of Indian cuisine broadened and your taste buds delighted. And while there are plenty of vegetarian options at Lasan, those looking for a veg-based treat should check out Bistro 1847. Located in an elegant Victorian shopping arcade, Bistro 1847 serves modern vegan and vegetarian food from a small but inventive menu.

Burger-lovers must go to Original Patty Men. Having enjoyed huge success at the Digbeth Dining Club – an award-winning street food event in Birmingham, open Friday and Saturday evenings – the owners decided to open their own restaurant and haven’t looked back since. Elsewhere, Bodega is ideal for a quick bite-to-eat or an unfussy meal with friends. Serving tasty South American food and drink, this vibrant bar and restaurant is a great place to start a night out.

It’s difficult to talk about Birmingham’s restaurant scene without mentioning Glynn Purnell. His Michelin starred restaurant, Purnell’s, is one of Birmingham’s most highly praised restaurants. As you’d expect, you will need to book a table well in advance. However, you may have more luck at short notice with Purnell’s Bistro. Here, the food is not aiming to be awarded a Michelin star. The menu is less daring and cheaper. However, it maintains Purnell’s commitment to flavoursome dishes using quality ingredients.

If you want to taste the food of future star chefs, The Atrium & Brasserie offers first-class food created and served by students of University College Birmingham. It means you can enjoy a fine-dining experience, wonderfully prepared European cuisine at very reasonable prices. No doubt some of the students will take inspiration from another of Birmingham’s eateries, Edmunds Bistro de Luxe. Offering a modern take on classic French country cuisine and an extensive wine menu, Edmunds Bistro de Luxe is located in the attractive Brindley Place.

Those who like to start with a pre-dinner cocktail will be delighted by Fumo. Specialising in “ciccheti”, Venetian-style tapas, Fumo serves delicious Italian food in a style few have tried before. At Fumo’s sister restaurant, San Carlo, more traditional but no less impressive Italian cuisine is available. Whether booking a table for a business lunch or celebratory dinner, the smart setting and great food at these Italian restaurants is sure to please.

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This article is written by Rob Griffith-Jones. Proud Brummie and Co-Founder of ­– the unofficial guide to Gothenburg – he loves nothing more than spreading the love for his two homes.