• Burger and Lobster – and Gaucho – bank on Birmingham

    Two premier London-based restaurant brands are being linked to a prestigious vacant bank building in central Birmingham. Lobster and Burger and Argentinian steak specialist Gaucho are understood to have expressed interest in the  imposing £1.5 million former banking hall at 33 Bennetts Hill. Intriguingly, an unnamed third party – thought to be …

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  • Best value lunch in Birmingham: MinMin

    What can you buy for £7.80? Obviously, you can pick up a classic album, possibly two. For example.. and I find this hard to believe … you can pick up “Guilty” by Barbra Streisand (with help from Barry Gibb) and Barry White’s “The Collection” for a combined price of £7.20. Isn’t that …

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  • Britain’s hardest won Michelin star: Adam Bennett at The Cross, Kenilworth

    In a sense, winning a Michelin star means everything – and nothing. The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2015, released today (September 25), is an obsession among professionals in the hospitality business, chefs and restaurant critics included, while it is reviled by legions of others, although critics by far outnumber …

    Adam Bennett and his kitchen brigade at The Cross celebrate their Michelin star
  • Why the best Birmingham restaurants need to get StreetSmart

    There was a kerfuffle when the Good Good Guide 2015 released its Top 50 restaurants list. Birmingham failed to register a single entry, provoking fume-venting and teeth-gnashing. You know things are bad when poor old Manchester registers above Birmingham, gaining a placing for The French. In truth, it was shoulder shrugging, rather than …

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  • Express restaurant service at Sushi Passion, Birmingham

    It’s got a train. It’s got a ruddy train! How can you not like a restaurant that’s got a train? An engine chugs around the sushi counter, trailing carriages decked with Japanese food. All aboard the Sushi Express. I might be able to tempt my father-in-law Bob, a railway enthusiast, to eat …

    Salmon and tuna nigiri
  • Simpsons restaurant: the best Sunday lunch in Birmingham

    As rites of passage go, getting your A-level results and finding out which, if any, university will take you must fall into the same category as “first kiss,” “first heartbreak” and “first hangover.” Being indecisive, it was just as well my choice of university was taken out of my hands. The two institutions …

    Salmon, sesame seeds, lentils, lemon and chicory salad, sauce épices
  • Breakfast review: Fischer’s in Marylebone, London

    London restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are purveyors of fine detail with a luxury spin. Swanky London outposts such as The Wolseley and The Delaunay leave diners panting with excitement about the décor, the ambiance, the service, and generally, the main bit, otherwise known as the food. How strange …

    The back bit at Fischer's
  • A topping time at Topokki in Birmingham

    The Bullring is many things to many shoppers and it presumably makes a significant contribution to consumer spending, and therefore, economic turnover, in Birmingham. It is, or was, the biggest shopping centre north of Kettering when it threw open its doors in 2003. In doing so, smart-arsed marketing bods were allowed …

    Marinaded beef in bulgogi dolsot bibimbap
  • The classic and the modern collide at Turners in Birmingham

    It is not that long ago that everyone, including me, got very excited about the resurgence – or should that be birth? – of good cooking in Birmingham restaurants. When I started reviewing the city’s eating out scene seven years ago, I was, frankly, a lucky bastard. My appointment as …

    Langoustine, pork jowl, pear, vanilla and radishes
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Burger and Lobster – and Gaucho – bank on Birmingham

Two premier London-based restaurant brands are being linked to a prestigious vacant bank building in central Birmingham. Lobster and Burger and Argentinian steak specialist Gaucho are understood to have expressed interest in the  imposing £1.5 million former banking hall at 33 Bennetts Hill. Intriguingly, an unnamed third party – thought to be …

pork 3

Best value lunch in Birmingham: MinMin

What can you buy for £7.80? Obviously, you can pick up a classic album, possibly two. For example.. and I find this hard to believe … you can pick up “Guilty” by Barbra Streisand (with help from Barry Gibb) and Barry White’s “The Collection” for a combined price of £7.20. Isn’t that …