Soul Food Project
Serving up hearty, comfort food from the American deep south. Expect Gumbo, Jambalaya, Burgers and great value for money.Soon to open their very own venue; the Church Inn located in the Jewellery Quarter.

Urban Pie
The name says it all really. Hearty pies to eat in or take with you. Right in the heart of town, next to the Bullring.

Family run, southern Indian vegetarian restaurant. Amazing selection of home cooked dishes and sweets. Go there if you've not tried a Dosa before.

Kitchen Garden Cafe
Tucked away in King's Heath, serves an innovative take on tapas and mezze with a strong British and continental influence.

Minmin Noodle Bar
A superb range of homecooked asian cuisine drawing on a variety of influences creating an interesting menu full of quality. However, their ramen is the star of the show. Embracing the versatile roots of the dish, you can choose your own components, or pick a complete dish from the menu. The best I've had so far is the Yakibuta ramen. The broth was deeply savoury and comforting, noodles perfectly cooked, topped with tender slices of Japanese style roast pork. Addictive. 

Michelin starred fine dining from the 'Yummy Brummie' himself. The menus also represent great value for money as well as some of the best high end dining you'll find in the city. 

Fine dining institution, located in Edgbaston. They also have a cookery school.

Nestled next to a Cancer Research shop and a few doors down from Iceland, this may seem an unlikely place for one of Birmingham's best restaurants. Chef Richard Turner has been raking in the plaudits (including a Michelin star) since opening a few years ago in Harbourne.

Carter's of Moseley
A relative newcomer on the Birmingham restaurant scene, but since opening they've looked confortable competing with Birmingham's heavyweights. Serving refined modern british food and afternoon tea every first Saturday of the month.

Love's Restaurant 
After a string of successful ventures in the midlands, Steve and Claire Love moved to Birmingham with a desire to contribute to the already strong culinary scene. Serving accomplished, seasonal, modern british food, the restaurant has helped strengthen Birmingham's reputation for excellent food.

San Carlo Fumo
If like me you're new to the concept of 'Cicchetti' or Venetian tapas then the best strategy would be to dive in at the deep end because the food here is wonderful. I've always liked the concept of tapas not only because it allows for a more leisurely dining experience but, more importantly, you can sample a wider variety of what's on offer. Many people frequently quote the fact that Birmingham has more canals than Venice, but I'm sure the Venetians would hit back and say it's quality not quantity. 

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