Looking for somewhere special for date night dining in Birmingham? We asked Roz from The Foodie Couple Blog for her top five recommendations for restaurants with great food and the perfect atmosphere for a dinner for two.
Turners – For a more special night, head to Turners restaurant in Harborne. Complete with a Michelin star, this restaurant has been turning out top quality fine dining for many years. The restaurant is small and intimate and offers top quality service alongside the dazzling food. As well as a la carte and tasting menus, they also offer set menus on certain nights like the Taste of Turners on a Tuesday, offering 5 courses for £35. Exceptional value for this standard of cooking. Expect dishes such as sea trout with quinoa, kohlrabi and wild garlic or Jersey Royals with duck egg, buttermilk and truffle.
Andersons Bar and Grill – This Steak House is in the pretty and picturesque St Paul’s Square in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. They put a lot of focus on sourcing great quality meat and produce from the local area which is so important. If you’re not a steak lover, fear not – the menu caters for every taste with plenty of fish and vegetarian options too. Try classics such as a Shorthorn Porterhouse steak for two to share, Andersons Surf & Turf or blue cheese linguine with roast artichokes, wild mushrooms and rocket pesto. They even do a twist on tapas, perfect for sharing and nibbling in the bar with a few drinks.
El Borracho Del Oro – This Spanish restaurant in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston (only a mile or two from the city centre) has only been open a couple of years but is making waves with their excellent traditional Spanish cuisine. Their tapas are a favourite of mine! The large open plan restaurant always has a great atmosphere, and you can pop in throughout the day for breakfast, a full meal or just some tapas at the bar. And in the evening if you’re lucky you can catch one of their wonderful live music events.
Hotel Du Vin & Bistro – Hotel du Vin is a great place for lovers of classic food, wine and ambience. This French influenced hotel and restaurant is found in the heart of Birmingham’s business district in a beautiful old Victorian building that used to be an eye hospital. The Bistro serves French home style cooking and the spring menu for 2016 is now in full force with such delicacies as Provençal soup and sole meunière. They also have a great priced set menu at £16.95 for 2 courses or £19.95 for 3.
Lasan – If you’re looking for fantastic Indian food in the Balti capital of England, but want your food with a bit more style and pizzazz, then Lasan is the place for you. It serves contemporary Indian food cooked with passion and there is so much detail and care in the flavour and presentation. Chef Aktar Islam has previously featured on Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word and more recently Great British Menu. Dishes such as the Elaichi Beef (beef blade braised overnight, marinated sirloin, bone marrow pakora and tandoori sweetbread served with black cardamom scented cashew nut gravy) is just one example of their mouth-watering modern Indian cooking.