Restaurants in Birmingham
Eating out in Birmingham is a delight because of the rich variety of cultures and cuisines which make up the restaurant scene, which ensure that you can take a culinary trip around the world as well as sample high-quality British staples. According to Visit Birmingham, the official tourist site for the city, about 27 different nationalities are represented in the restaurants of the metropolis.
The Balti Triangle is a whole district of the city dedicated to various Asian specialities and a visit is a must for curry lovers! In fact, balti is Birmingham's most famous culinary export despite the fact that it has its origins in the Pakistani Kashmiri culture.
Birmingham boasts four Michelin Star restaurants and many more impressive foodie eateries. The business district centres on Oxford Street and many of the best upmarket restaurants can be found in this area, including the Michelin-starred Opus.
There are also lots of options for wallet-watchers, with all the expected fast food joints and lots of simple, hearty English food on offer: sample delicious homemade pies from Urban Pie in the Bullring, or fish and chips from the Great British Eatery in Broadway Plaza.
Renowned for its organic seasonal cuisine, Opus Restaurant is ideal for a sophisticated lunch or refined dinner. Boasting a mouth-watering British menu, patrons at Opus Restaurant can expect to see a changing daily menu dictated by the whims of the fresh produce market. Serving contemporary dishes oozing with gourmet excellence, the restaurant is renowned for its free-range meat, homemade bread, freshly caught wild fish and impressive wine menu. The décor at Opus exudes a contemporary elegance, the soft grey and white fabrics adorning the tables, complimented by blush walls and modern lighting. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner and dinner only on Saturday.
Address: 54 Cornwall Street
Telephone: (0)121 200 2323
Al Frash Balti Restaurant
Birmingham Balti specialist, Al Frash has earned its reputation largely by word of mouth. A modern, slick and simply decorated restaurant, the aromatic Kashmiri dishes take centre stage here. Serving up the best Balti in town, Chef Azam has been carefully preparing his renowned Balti dishes and curries for over six years. Be prepared for huge Nan breads and delicately infused flavours, not to mention attentive service. The restaurant is unlicensed so guests are advised to bring their own alcoholic refreshments. Open for dinner daily.
Address: 186 Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook
Telephone: (0)121 753 3120
Itihaas Indian Restaurant
Awarded the Best Indian Restaurant in the UK at the 2007/8 Cobra Good Curry Guide, Itihaas is where contemporary dining meets traditional cuisine. Impeccable service, sophisticated décor and gourmet Indian food combine to create a memorable dining experience. Young entrepreneur Raj Rana says the restaurant is the materialisation of his mantra, an old Indian custom, which translates into 'the guest is God'. Recommended meals include the lamb meatballs starter, delicately spiced with cardamom and cloves and for mains the khari maha jhinga, king prawns, pan fried and marinated in a thick masala gravy. Itihaas is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and dinner only on Saturday and Sunday. Open for dinner on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and bank holidays.
Address: 18 Fleet Street
Telephone: (0)121 212 3383
This Michelin Star restaurant is renowned for both its fresh ingredients and inventive menu. Set in a picturesque garden setting, the restaurant overlooks rolling lawns and resonates a warm café atmosphere, ideal for a summer lunch or heart-warming evening meal in the depth of winter. Offering both set menus and a la carte, guests will be impressed by the seasonal variety. The summer menu boasts a tarte fine of Cornish mackerel, fennel salad, parmesan cheese, marinated tomato, black olives and basil. Any fish is a good idea for mains, the Carpaccio of organic salmon, with chilli ginger dressing, spring onions and mustard cress taking the cake. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston
Telephone: (0)121 454 3434
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