This is a guest post written by Birmingham-based food and drinks blogger, Full to the Brum.
The start of the British summer has been a bit of a wash out this year, hasn’t it? And whilst everyone remains hopeful that the sunshine is just a bit late to the party, if you want to pretend you’re in sunnier climates without having to board a plane then there are plenty of places in Birmingham to whisk yourself off to.
El Borracho de Oro – This Spanish tapas bar is nestled in Edgbaston, a foodie hot spot just on the edge of the city centre. Run by Alfonso and Emma, El Borracho has a distinctly Spanish feel with traditional tiles and a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere. The long bar, which overlooks the restaurant, allows you to enjoy some delicious honey-like Sangria and tapas whilst you pretend you’re in an Andalusian paradise.
Rofuto – High up in the clouds, Rofuto is a Japanese bar and restaurant based on traditional Japanese techniques served in a creative modern Japanese style. The izakaya-style service means it’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway or celebration, just make sure you get a table near the windows – the city looks magical as the sun sets.
Blue Ginger – A charming little suburban restaurant serving Singapore and Malaysian food, Blue Ginger belongs to Siew Kuan and her team, and the menu includes dishes inspired by her childhood. The mixed platter for two of chicken satay, two fish otaks and a five spice roll is full of delightful flavours or if you prefer your dinner more meat-free, they do an excellent vegan night on Mondays.
Chi Kitchen – Conveniently located in Debenhams in the Bullring, this is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping centre. Chi Kitchen serves pan-Asian inspired breakfasts and brunches, right through to cocktails and dinner – and the menu has been created by Group Consultant Chef Ping Coombes, winner of 2014’s MasterChef.
Raja Monkey – Inspired by the vibrant street side cafes in India, Raja Monkey is the sister venue to the upmarket Lasan. Its reassuringly brief menu is quality over quantity with a menu of traditional dosa and thali (a selection of various dishes) in an unfussy environment with passionate staff. It’s a great place for families as well as a relaxed date – or partake in their Tiffin Club, which allows regulars to have food delivered (or picked up at the café) in an authentic Indian delivery box.
Soul Food Project at The Church – Influenced by the New Orleans French quarter, Soul Food brings together its music, food and the vibrant culture all in a traditional British pub. With elements of Cajun and Creole cooking, their menu includes classics liked blackened fish, grits & greens and a house jambalaya, of which one mouthful will tell you why they’ve been lauded in the The Times newspaper.
The High Field – Let’s not forget the couple of weeks where we do actually get some blazing sunshine in this country. When the surprising happens then flock to the nearest beer garden post-haste and you would do well by heading to modern British gastro pub High Field’s outside space.
Still hungry? Visit OpenTable to find more great restaurants in Birmingham.