Anyone remember when I used to write frequent ‘week of’ posts? Yeah – I forgot about that too. Here’s the last one from 1629 years ago if you need a reminder.
Rudy’s, Bennett’s Hill
After Franco Manca opened in June, all eyes have been on what Rudy’s would have to offer just 10 or so metres away. I have to say, I think I prefer it. I went during the first week’s soft launch and I’m planning on heading back again to try more soon. You know, to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. Ahem. Here’s my Rudy’s review if you’re interested.
Flight Club, Temple Street
I went to the launch party for this place and I liked it so much I went back within a week. Aside from the fact that the darts boards are more intelligent than most humans on earth, the bar itself is quite unique and there’s a pretty extensive bar food menu. It’s not the cheapest way to spend your time in the city centre (it’s £30 an hour so best to go in a big group) but it’s bloody good fun.
The Meat Shack, Southside
The burger dons have launched a new Friday (eat in) lunchtime deal. For £6 you get a choice of burger or their new chicken bombs with a side of fries. Delicious and a bloody bargain – what’s not to love?
Marmalade, The REP
In the same month Centenary Square’s aquatic makeover was revealed, this restaurant bar located within The REP relaunched. Previously overseen by an outside group, the menu has been tarted up and the venue is open for business. There’s additional options like afternoon tea now and a sprawling terrace to enjoy over summer.
Pip’s Hot Sauce
Not a place but a worthy shout out going to lovely Pip who has teamed up with Provide Birmingham for her latest launch. Cure For Life is available online now and is Brum’s first CBD hot sauce. I tried this at Independent Birmingham Festival but you can browse the range of sauces via her online shop.
Buddha Belly, Independent Birmingham Festival
In my last post I showed you some of the highlights from this food and drink festival at Aston Hall. Lots of the traders I’ve scoffed from before but I always gravitate back to this Thai street food gem. You can find these lovely folk at Digbeth Dining Club Thursday to Sunday – go for a curry combo, or add some crispy chicken to live your best life.
Chilango, Colmore Row
Another newbie, this time a small chain offering Mexican-style food. Expect burritos, tacos and rice boxes with lots of homemade sauces. It’s not reinventing the wheel but it’s a solid enough option for lunch for the same price as a crap sandwich deal.
Kaffe Couture, Jewellery Quarter
I tried this cosy cafe one lunchtime between meetings. Cheap and cheerful and ideal for a hearty takeaway lunch if you work around that area. Pasta and rice dishes come in around £5.50, with sandwiches and jacket spuds starting from £3.50.
This restaurant has had a colourful makeover and a menu spruce. It’s not somewhere I’ve spent much time before, but the cosmetic revamp and clearer focus on sourcing quality food from smaller suppliers has warmed me to Bill’s. It’s one of the better chains, especially in that area of the city.
Disclosure: Post includes both meals I’ve paid for and media events. Words and photos are mine.