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Baltic reboot at Two Cats Kitchen, Birmingham

Two Cats Kitchen, one of the most original restaurants in Birmingham, is shedding its “New Baltic” roots for a wider culinary exploration. Chef patron Niki Astley is planning a liberating menu overhaul in the Jewellery Quarter to give full vent to his creativity and food influences. Two Cats was born in April 2014 as a “pop-up” known …

Spanish tapas at Amantia in Birmingham

The bread pretty much tells you everything you need to know when you dine out. If restaurateurs don’t get the bread right, they are playing catch up before the first dish hits the table. It matters if the loaves or rolls or swirly creations are made in-house. It is a restaurant’s way of saying: …

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 …

Richard McComb featured on Rip Off Food on BBC One

Sandwiched between Homes Under The Hammer and Watchdog Test House, a small piece of broadcasting history will be made on BBC One on Monday (17.03.14). The second series of Rip Off Food, a spin-off from Rip Off Britain, gets underway at 11am. And I’m on it. Daytime TV may never be …

New Birmingham restaurant pop-up for January 2014

Another 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 …

Birmingham trio in Sunday Times Top 100 restaurants

Another day, another list, another “Top 100” something or other… This weekend, The Sunday Times, in association with Harden’s, publishes its annual list of the Top 100 restaurants in Britain. The full list and rankings are under wraps until Sunday – otherwise no one would bother buying the newspaper – …

EXCLUSIVE: Chef Andy Waters to open new restaurant in Birmingham

Andy Waters, one of the region’s most respected chefs, is returning to his Birmingham roots. Waters, who runs The Queens pub in Belbroughton, Worcestershire, is setting up a new restaurant in Chad Square, Edgbaston. The 48-year-old chef is taking over the site of the former Pinocchio’s to launch Waters on …