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Turners to axe “stifling” fine dining and tasting menus

Award-winning chef Richard Turner is to axe high-end Michelin star dining to escape the “straitjacket” of tasting menus and “stifling” formality. Turner is planning a radical revamp of his three AA Rosette Birmingham restaurant because he thinks elaborate £80-£90 dégustation menus are alienating customers. His small 26-cover restaurant in Harborne, just …

Michelin star restaurants in Birmingham joined by Carters

I missed saying “hurrah” when Birmingham won a fifth Michelin star last week as I was eating my way around China. So a belated “hurrah.” Or rather a qualified “hurrah.” Much has been written about the latest Michelin milestone, much of it nonsense. Lots of newly-opened mediocre/poor restaurants have been lumped …

Birmingham restaurant reviews and the rise of social media

The vast majority of diners aged under-35 have never read a traditional restaurant review, according to a survey conducted for a Birmingham food festival. Social media and changing consumer habits are sounding the death knell for “old-style” newspaper reviews, it is claimed. Clearly, this is bad news for professional food pundits like Marina …

Birmingham’s best biriyani has left the building

So he’s gone. Guneet Singh Bindra, the self-effacing chef responsible for turning one of Birmingham’s very average Indian restaurant into one of the best has decamped for a new challenge. Guneet has left Asha’s in Birmingham for Manchester where he will head up the kitchen operation for an ambitious catering company. I am sorry to …