I’ve been a bit quieter over the last two weeks, so this is more of a fortnight in food and drink.
In this roundup you’ll find cafes, Thai street food and wine tastings. Don’t say I never give you food *scoff* for thought (..anyone? No? Ah man..)
Migas Tapas & Wine Bar, Sutton Coldfield
I’ve talked a lot about El Borracho de Oro on here, but sister venue Migas is also worthy of your attention. There’s a new menu featuring some outstanding Spanish tapas dishes including this fillet steak in brandy cream: delicioso. If you’re over in the Sutton area it’s well worth popping in for a Mediterranean feast at a very reasonable price.
York Cafe at Ikon, Brindleyplace
Harvey Nichols, Mailbox
A friend told me a while ago that you can sip wine for free at Harvey Nichols as long as you book a place on a specific tasting session. It’s true. Held every Wednesday evening, you can try the ‘bottles of the week’ in the Wine Shop as part of a small tasting group. Check their website for info – they also run more in-depth monthly events for proper wine lovers.
Juju’s Cafe, Canal Square
I spend a lot of time here, but that’s because the food is great and the people running it are just delightful human beings. Ian and I went for Pie and a Pint Night (every Thursday) where you get a freshly baked individual pie, thick gravy and a choice of mash or chips for £9.99. This is all washed down with a free pint – what’s not to love? Julia makes a bloody good roast dinner come Sunday too.
Habaneros, Temple Row
If you need a decent lunch on the go you can’t go wrong with Habaneros. As well as the wraps you can have the fillings turned into a burrito bowl – the pulled beef is my favourite. It’s annoying you have to pay extra for guacamole but it’s still a cheap and cheerful lunch.
Buddha Belly, Digbeth Dining Club
The husband and I recently headed to DDC for some pre-gig munch, making a bee-line for Buddha Belly – the first permanent trader for the venue. We’re both big fans of the Thai inspired street food from these guys, and the beef massaman curry in particular is really quite special. If you combine two dishes (as below) you get the best of both noodles and rice; it’s £9 and will rock your world.
Pint Shop, Bennett’s Hill
Bar snacks with attitude – hello Pint Shop. During a fleeting Friday night visit we grabbed a beer and this sausagey little chap. This place is ideal for a pint and a nibble, and the restaurant upstairs is worth a punt if you fancy a proper meal.