Birmingham Restaurants - 5 Hidden Gems

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We’ve all done it –drawn like a moth to the flame of a brand name restaurant that could be anywhere in the UK. However, it would be a grave shame to visit Birmingham and miss out on the best places to eat by playing too safe. After all, we’ve been placed in the top three foodie destinations in the UK! We bring you 5 Hidden Gem Restaurants in Birmingham, so that you can go off the beaten path with confidence.

The Button Factory B1 3HH
You’ll find The Button Factory – with its heritage building and pared down interior – tucked away on the corner of Frederick Street and Regents Street in the Jewellery Quarter. The Button Factory also has a very popular roof garden. It’s a good choice for a celebratory meal plus cocktails with friends. and offers Bottomless Brunch from noon until 4pm on Saturdays.

An English oak and charcoal grill is the Button Factory’s food USP. A sample grill dish from the current dinner menu is spring chicken, rose harissa & preserved lemon served with fries & gem, shallot & radish salad for £14.00.

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Purecraft Bar and Kitchen B2 5TJ
Purecraft is a great place for beer that also serves delicious food. You’ll find it at 30 Waterloo Street in Birmingham’s business district. Purecraft sources local suppliers where possible and works with the likes of Aubrey Allan, Mr Moyden Cheese and Forrest Pig. The place has a great atmosphere and the food is more gastro pub than fine dining (not a criticism).

A sample large dish from the current menu is grilled mackerel, heritage toms, shallots and basil for £14.00. Each dish has a suggested beer with it on the menu. Small plates, bar snacks and desserts are also available.

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Opus B3 2DE
Opus - on Cornwall Street a short walk from St Philip’s Cathedral - offers fine dining and class without stuffiness. We’re long-term fans of this place and admire the food and the team's commitment to sourcing top-quality ingredients. Opus is worth a visit any time of the year, but their Source Dinners where they invite the farmers, fishermen and winemakers they work with to the restaurant are a treat for any foodie.

Opus currently offers two courses at lunch and dinner for £27.50. Sample dishes include a starter of leek and haddock fishcake with poached egg and butter sauce, followed by grilled Jimmy Butler’s pork cutlet with colcannon mash, baby leeks, apples and crispy pork.  

Don’t miss Opus’s seasonal offers on delights such as lobster and oysters!

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The Warehouse Café B5 5TH
The Warehouse Cafe justifiably won Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the 2017 Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards. You’ll find it on Digbeth’s Allison Street (54-57) in a characterful, faded old building. It’s based in a converted warehouse (as you may have guessed from the name), but on the first floor above Friends of the Earth. The Warehouse Café is not glitzy and doesn't pretend to be, but it has a huge commitment to producing great food combined with green values. It is now fully-licensed with vegan beers and wines on offer. The food gets consistently rave reviews, so give it a try whether you are veggie or not.

A sample main from the current Warehouse Café menu is green Thai curry served with lime jasmine rice and nam prik pao for £8.95

The Wilderness B5 4EG
We must declare a bias here in that we rate The Wilderness so highly that we cooked up a special Dine & Stay package with them. However, they are currently number two on TripAdvisor for restaurants in Birmingham (out of a field of 1,892!), so we’re certainly not the only ones feeling the love. The Wilderness is found at number 1 Dudley St, which is an uninspiring spot fronted by two phone boxes. However, we recommend that you book in well in advance, smile at the Bukowski quote on the door and enjoy delicious, edgy food plus the inspired interior.

The Wilderness currently offers six courses for £60 on Wednesday and Thurs and eight courses for £70 for other evenings. A five-course lunch is also available at £35.

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