Exploring Birmingham's Best Foodie Spots

28 November 2018

Birmingham is the perfect place for anyone who loves food, there's so much on offer across the city, nearly every big chain you can think of has a restaurant here, but more than that the city is teeming with cosy pubs and small independent eateries which leave Brummies spoilt for choice. In this post I'm going to run through a few of my favourite foodie spots in the city, the list is by no means exhaustive and I'm discovering new places all the time, but this just gives a little taste of the huge range on offer.

TAPAS REVOLUTION - GRAND CENTRAL


First and foremost, Tapas Revolution. I honestly feel like I end up in here every time I pop into town, but I can't help it, everything on the menu is so good! The first time I ate here was in first year and ever since I've been recommending it to anyone who will listen, and constantly trying to convince everyone to come with me.

Although Tapas Revolution is part of a small chain it has a really authentic and friendly atmosphere, and with 50% student discount off food and drink on Monday and Tuesday it won't break the bank either.

Top Dishes: Patatas Bravas (roast potatoes dressed with sauce), Torreznos con Mojo Dulce (crispy sweet and spicy pork), Croquetas de Jamon (deep fried ham and b├ęchamel croquettes).

THE WHITE SWAN - EDGBASTON



The White Swan in Edgbaston is a really lovely pub, its one of those slightly nicer places which I always tend to take family when they visit. I've been here three times and each meal has completely hit the spot. One of my favourite things on the menu is their roast dinners, they come with all the trimmings and a choice of meats, it's the best substitute for when you're missing a home cooked Sunday lunch. 
Also, its worth noting that the rest of the menu is equally delicious, think classic gastropub food and warm hearty desserts. 


GRAND CENTRAL KITCHEN - CITY CENTRE 


Now this one is a bit different, but Grand Central Kitchen is well renowned for having one of the best cooked breakfasts in Brum. From the outside the restaurant doesn't look like much, but the quality of food is second to none. In theory a full english should be easy to get right, but it often ends up being greasy and unappealing, this couldn't be further from the case at Grand Central Kitchen. Everything is made fresh to order and portion sizes are really generous, especially considering the low price point. 

Grand Central Kitchen also does a great range of paninis and sandwiches which has made it a firm favourite for those working in the city.


THE PLOUGH - HARBORNE 




I've only visited The Plough once but I'm happy to say it lived up to the hype. I had dinner here a couple of weeks ago with work and tried one of the toasted Cubano sandwiches which was absolutely delicious. I had the paprika spiced chicken sandwich which came with chips and a side salad. Again the portion size was really generous - I couldn't even finish it -and the varied flavours of the dish were well combined.

All I can say is I can't believe that I left it until final year to try this place, I'll be back again soon perhaps for 2-For-1 pizza Mondays or burger Tuesdays, although it'll be hard to resist ordering that Cubano again. 

CIELO - BRINDLEY PLACE



I've visited Cielo three times now, most recently for my boyfriend's graduation meal in July. Cielo is the most  upscale of all the restaurants I've included, but it makes the perfect place for a special meal. Each time we've been here the staff have really made us feel really special, nothing is too much trouble and the food is consistently exquisite. 

All of this is not to say it is out of a students price range; two of the times when I've visited I was eating from the fixed menu, with this offer you can get three courses for under £20 which is absolutely worth it considering the service, exclusive atmosphere and outstanding food.

DIGBETH DINING CLUB - DIGBETH

Sai Bhudda Belly at Digbeth Dining Club, Thai style food made in Birmingham

Now for a special mention, Digbeth Dining Club is arguably the best place to get a taste of Birmingham's independent food scene. It runs on Thursday's, Fridays and Saturdays each week and there's usually a rotation of different traders, with a couple who are there for the whole month. The food here is definitely worth making a special journey for, you're almost guaranteed something amazing and there's tonnes of choice so its great for groups. DDC has become incredibly successful and provided a platform for some small traders to launch their own restaurant, such as Holy Moly Macaroni. 
Digbeth Dining Club also made their debut at UoB this year by bringing five stalls to Xplosion, hopefully next year they will be back and bigger than ever.


I hope this post has given you a good idea of all the amazing food you can find in Brum, as I said this really is only a small selection of the places I've managed to visit so far, and I'm hoping to tick a lot more off my list before I graduate this summer. If you do end up trying any of these restaurants I'd love to hear how you found it, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message on instagram.

Thanks for reading,

Molly




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