Create your perfect day by combining a sporting event with a fantastic dining experience during your day in Birmingham city center
As you hit the sporting benchmarks in Birmingham for the next two weeks during the Commonwealth Games, don’t forget the catering milestones. Whether you’re craving a fancy meal or something on the go, you don’t have to rely solely on fast food.
These fantastic restaurants and their talented chefs are just as important in elevating the cultural experience of living in or visiting Birmingham as the Games. So, leave some free space in your busy itinerary and in your belly!
Here are the best options ranging from fine dining to budget restaurants to try – all based in Birmingham city centre:
Adam’s, Waterloo St.
This offers a contemporary British dining experience and serves modern dishes with a world-class wine list. Midlands-born James Goodyear runs the award-winning kitchen.
The desert, jeweler’s district
This restaurant defines itself as a refined Rock and Roll cuisine. Chef Alex Claridge offers two interesting menus with dishes made with the freshest ingredients and influenced by the world.
This is a Michelin starred Indian restaurant from Chef Aktar Islam. He played with Indian flavors to push his limits and used a variety of techniques, traditional and modern, in his menu.
The name of the restaurant is the same as the musical genre Qawalli, which traveled from Turkey and Iran to the plains of Afghanistan and further south to India and Pakistan, and the food reflects that journey.
Purnell’s, Cornwall Street
This Michelin-starred restaurant in Birmingham from celebrity chef Glynn Purnell will serve up a chic and contemporary dining experience. His style of cooking is British with a touch of French and the Far East.
This contemporary Chinese restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. They are inspired by the Chinese philosophy of Yin Yang – two opposing forces creating harmony when together.
For more information: Tattoo
This Indian restaurant recently rose to fame after Johnny Depp dined here winning a 50,000 bill. If you want to know if their rich Indian flavors and textures are worth it, give them a try.
Albert’s Schloss, paradise
This Bavarian-style restaurant and bar offers crackling fires and the best beers. If you want a taste of food that reminds you of Alpine Europe and rustic flavors, choose this restaurant.
Delicious bites from expert teams
Land, Great Western Arcade
This intimate restaurant offers plant-based menus. Their four- and six-course tasting menus created by chefs Adrian and Tony can change from day to day depending on the freshest ingredients available.
For more information: Ground
For those who like the colorful atmosphere of Tex-Mex Perios goes well with spicy food and cool cocktails. They have several offers like 2-4-1 cocktails and bottomless brunch available.
Inspired by the Iranian cafes of Mumbai, this restaurant brings a touch of the city’s street food to your plate. Their cocktails are not to be missed either. And neither, their bottomless Chai.
Italian Gusto, Grand Hotel, Colmore Row
Located in the Grand Hotel, this Italian restaurant offers a wide variety of dining options. Whether you prefer set menus or a la carte, cocktails and desserts are a must.
Lebanese Counter, Grand Central
Feast on summer favorites such as Spicy Harissa Chicken Hommos with Tahina and Lemon Juice, and delicious Roast Sea Bass with Simmered Fennel, and more at this Lebanese eatery this season.
The Canal House restaurant and bar
Located by the canal, this country-style tavern offers fine British cuisine, creative cocktails, live music and great views. At their brunch, you can opt for bottomless drinks.
This restaurant offers contemporary Italian cuisine, a cocktail bar and a late-night lounge. Their food is perfect for sharing as they serve cicchetti style dishes – smaller than a main course but larger than a starter.
For more information: Smoke
Street food and more from around the world
Seoul Kitchen, Suffolk Street, Queensway
This is a fast casual Korean restaurant offering an authentic Korean BBQ experience. Pair your protein with rice, salad, and a bottle or two of Soju. They also have varieties of teas.
Villagio, Broad Street
This family business offers artisanal pizzas cooked in a stone oven and hearty pasta dishes. They also have live music on July 22 and 29, if you want to be serenaded while you dine.
The Coconut Tree, Gas Street
This intimate restaurant brings the spices and flavors of Sri Lanka to Birmingham. Their Sri Lankan street style cuisine and interiors as well as their excellent “cocotails” will warm your heart.
The tiger bites the pig, Stephenson Street
This quirky-named restaurant serves East Asian street food. It’s an intimate space and lets you watch while the food is prepared. Baos are made every morning and they even deliver bao kits.
This is an independent family restaurant and is popular for its classic ‘Full English Breakfast’, but if you want a quick bite to eat there are also paninis and ciabattas.
Chaophraya Thai Restaurant, Place Saint Martin
Located opposite St Martins Church, this restaurant brings together classic and distinct Thai dishes, including vegan and gluten-free dishes. They also have a great selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
The Indian Theatre, Bennetts Hill
As the name suggests, this restaurant gives you a taste of Indian street food, including cats and North Indian curries. Their entrees are large enough to share platters.
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