Skipping autumn and heading head first into winter was fun, wasn’t it?
No. No it wasn’t.
One minute I was wearing sun dresses and enjoying beer gardens, the next I was moaning about the German Market and wearing the coat I took to Poland last January. With the temperature dropping I’ve been reassessing my food go-to spots and trying some new places to get my winter warmer food fixes.
I’ve been posting a few of these on Instagram and it seems some of you are keen to hear more about good value bites ideal for warming your cockles. Here’s a few of the dishes I’ve enjoyed recently that will not only warm you up but also cost you less than £10.
Harborne Kitchen – Harborne
We all know I love HK. But did you know as well as top notch tasting menus this restaurant offers some super brunch dishes Thursday to Saturday? Their take on Eggs Benny (£8) will give you confit pork on top of a sourdough crumpet with kimchi and well as hollandaise sauce. It’s utterly divine and will warm your soul even if not your toes. Just go eat it.
Hive Cafe – Jewellery Quarter
I’ve only recently discovered this interesting cafe but it’s rapidly becoming one of my favourite places to work. It’s a calm and relaxing space, the food available is always organic and seasonal, and £5.50 gets you a large bowl of delicious soup (on my last visit it was pumpkin) with homemade focaccia. They also do great value breakfast options, maybe some of the best in the city centre. I’ll get a proper post up about it all soon.
Eat Vietnam – Stirchley
The bowls of pho at EV are massive and at £9 represent pretty sweet value. The chicken variety warmed my frozen cockles this time – that salty savoury broth is utter joy. Huge portions (easily enough noodles to feed two), bags of flavour from the fresh herbs and plenty of tender meat. Add some fresh chillies and that is food for the soul, right there.
Indian Streatery – Bull Ring
The second incarnation of this restaurant has opened up at Bull Ring. The awesome lunch offer is still available for around £6, giving you sunshine in a bowl if you choose the chicken curry hot pot. You can grab this to go if you’re short on time, and make sure you bang on the samosa side treat they offer you.
Yakinori – Selly Oak
Head to Selly Oak and for less than a tenner you can enjoy 6 gyoza and a bowl of piping hot miso soup. The dumplings are mixed, so you get meat and veggie pieces, and they come with a lightly spiced dipping sauce for an extra kick of heat. There’s a Grand Central location too, although it’s a lot smaller so better for takeaway.
Caneat – Stirchley
Brunch with a hint of spice to get your inside warmed up? The 7 minute eggs on sourdough with gochujang mayo are ruddy delicious and cost just £6 – I totally appreciate why so many people rave about them. Just look at the colour of those yolks.
Kilder – Digbeth
Comfort food ahoy with this absolute unit of a cheese toastie from Kilder. At £5.50 it’s a lot of food for your money and it’ll bring on the cheese sweats. If you fancy the double whammy, OPM is next door.
Habaneros – City Centre
The takeaway burritos are legendary for good reason – they’re super filling and really tasty. I like the shredded beef with hot pico, which is about £7. On Mondays you get free nachos and a drink with any burrito: bonus.
Vietnamese Street Kitchen – Brindleyplace
What says winter warmer more than a stew? The beef and lemongrass rice bowl from this newbie is sizeable and hearty – definitely more of a stew than a curry. At £7.95 it’s a bargain, and if you use the Wriggle app you’ll bag even more money off.
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