庆祝. Chinese New Year is upon us today (16th February) and across Birmingham you’ll likely find restaurants celebrating as they enter the year of the dog.
With colourful and vibrant Chinese New Year parties being thrown and oodles of noodles to slurp, there’s never been a better day to visit some of the best places for Chinese food in Brum. I’ve put together some of my favourites – let me know in the comments if you have a hot tip not on the list.
Chung Ying Central, Colmore Row
Part of the Chung Ying Group, this place is now a much loved Colmore Row staple. Serving up excellent cocktails as well as modern Chinese dishes in a chic environment, CYC is a class act when it comes to grabbing bao in Brum. You’re best to pre-book this on a weekend.
Ming Moon, China Town
Fancy some off the cuff late night karaoke with your Kung Pao? You can sing and eat until your heart’s content at Ming’s (I had a great night here once singing Backstreet Boys on repeat at 4am) else you can choose to dine in the restaurant upstairs.
Cafe Soya, Arcadian
Popular with the vegan and veggie crowd thanks to a great selection of plant-based options, this popular noodle bar is located at the Arcadian Centre. The food is reliably good and the service is great. Helpfully, it also offers gluten free options.
Han Dynasty, Station Street
Next door to The Electric Cinema and less than a minute’s walk from New Street station you’ll find this lesser known but quite brilliant restaurant. Most notably it has hot pots, so you can create and cook your own dishes at the table. Great soups too.
Wing Wah, Thimble Lane
Based at the Wing Yip centre, this is a popular buffet restaurant for those seeking a big variety of Chinese dishes to choose from. There’s also an a la cart menu if that’s more your scene, and the dim sum selection is delicious.
China Town Noodle Bar, Bath Passage
The ‘Mr Egg’ of cafes for Chinese food, pretty CTNB ain’t. Despite feeling like you’re eating in a bookies circa 1976, the grub is authentic and spicy soups are cracking. This place is super casual and geared towards Chinese customers; don’t go expecting anything remarkable by way of service.