New Birmingham restaurant pop-up for January 2014

Image 2Another year, another pop-up, another chance to judge how/if Birmingham’s top-level cooking is filtering through the gastro-firmament and raising standards.

Epi Restaurants, a chef partnership between Nathan Eades and Grant Hill, is planning a series of pop-ups at the Kitchen Garden Café in Kings Heath in January.

Three consecutive Monday night dinners will showcase the duo’s take on modern British food. Nathan, from Northfield, Birmingham, and Grant, from Kidderminster, Worcs, say they incorporate French cooking techniques and influences and use local artisan suppliers. An interest in foraging? Tick. Wild foods? Tick.

ImageThe chefs met in 2010 while working at the three AA rosette Lainston House in Winchester, Hampshire. Between them, they have spun the pots and pans at Brockencote Hall in Chaddersley Corbett, Worcs; Colwall Park in Malvern, Worcs; Fishmore Hall in Ludlow, Shrops; and Vancouver, which is even further away than Ludlow.

Epi Restaurants has been testing the waters with a first round of pop ups at the Courtyard Cafe in Bromsgrove, Worcs, and the team hopes to lay down a marker with the Kings Heath dates.

The first three dinners are set for January 13, 20 and 27. Tickets for the four-course meals are £32 and can be purchased at www.epi-KGC.eventbrite.co.uk.

Image 1I was unable to make it over to the earlier Bromsgrove dinners, so I can’t vouch for the cooking. I can, however, vouch for the enthusiasm and ambition of the chefs. And the dishes pictured here look pretty fine.

The menu for the January 13 dinner reads as follows: goat, spiced quinoa, fennel; mackerel, cucumber, yoghurt; ox cheek, parsnip, horseradish; blood orange, vanilla, rhubarb. Not bad for Monday tea.

For more information, visit Nathan and Grant’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/epirestaurant , or the website: www.epirestaurant.co.uk – twitter: @restaurantepi

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