When moving to a new place where there are hundreds of food choices, one of the most important things to know is where to eat – what’s good, what’s not quite so good and what’s really not worth the hype – and moving to the second biggest city in the UK is no exception!
We decided to put a short list together of our top five places that we wish we’d been told about sooner when we moved to Brum.
Digbeth Dining Club
DDC is a weekly Friday night event where the best of the UK’s street food vendors come together serving mindblowingly good food! The food is exquisite and the atmosphere is incredibly friendly – and if Buddha Belly, Delizie Italiane, Street Souvlaki/Victoria Creperie or Low n Slow are there, our advice is to order as much as you can, the food is to die for. The line-up rotates weekly, but if you’re interested in seeing a taste of whats previously been offered click here.
Ps. The food makes the walk through Digbeth worth it, promise!
When: 5.30-late every Friday (plus the last Saturday of the month)
Where: Spot*light, Unit 2 Lower Trinity St, Birmingham B9 4AG
How much: from ~£3-£9 per dish (normally we spend about £8 a head)
This tiny Mediterranean café (and we mean tiny, it seats 8 people) is less than a minute from New Street Station and serves a range of Greek food along to eat in or take away with weekly specials. They offer huge selection of delicious meat and vegeterian options, served in a wrap or as a platter with chips, and the portion sizes are quite generous considering that it’s so cheap! They also offer some sweet and savoury treats; we recommend trying the kolouri and bougatsa. (Also for a whole meal it’s cheaper, tastier and more filling than McDonalds!) Click here for more.
Where: 34 Stephenson Street, Birmingham, B2 4BH
How much: wraps ~£3, platters ~£4
Yakinori and Woktastic (the sister chain which will reopen in its new location later this year) are must-try restaurants for those searching for some good quality Japanese food in Birmingham. Yakinori has one restaurant in Selly Oak, perfect for UoB students, however in September a new store is set to open in Grand Central, which is great news for students based in the city centre. Serving a large selection of Japanese food, from sushi to noodles and rice dishes, there’s something to keep everyone happy. If you’re in a hurry, they also do takeaway boxes of both hot and cold dishes. To see a sample of whats on to offer have a click here to read more.
Where: 520 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6BD AND Grand Central
How much: ~£8 for main dishes, ~£4-5 for take away boxes
Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party has two locations in Birmingham currently, one in Harborne (which is perfect for UoB students) while the other is on Corporation Street, really close to both Aston and BCU. (They also have several other locations around the country if the name sounds familiar) Their menu is available all day, so for once, an all day breakfast really is all day! Their hot chocolates are some of the best we’ve tried – especially with some of their Rocky Road. We’ve talked about some of our previous visits here.
BTP Harborne –, , B17 9NJ
BTP Birmingham City Centre –, , B4 6QD
How much: meal ~£8, cakes ~£2
These Digbeth Dining Club regulars are based in Temple Row Monday to Friday, serving delicious Mexican Street food from their little black trailer. With a selection of meat and vegetarian options, as well as weekly specials, their burritos are undoubtedly some of the most filling and delicious ones in Brum. They also have daily discounts, like the Loco Lunes offer; free nachos and a drink with any burrito or burrito bowl on Mondays, as well as their own app which has a loyalty scheme, where you can get a free burrito if you scan it enough times!
When: 11:30 – 3:00 Monday to Friday
Where: The Habanero Van, Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5LS
How much: ~£5
If you’re planning on eating regularly in Birmingham City Centre we’d recommend you look into an Independent Birmingham Card, which offers discounts at independent restaurants and bars for a whole year (e.g. 10% off in Habaneros, 50p off per stall at DDC, 2-4-1 cinema tickets at The Electric).
Also since we couldn’t fit it in to a top 5 (and have always forgotten to take photos) we’d recommend Khanum Balti in Selly Oak for those looking for a delicious curry to eat in or take away (who also do student discounts of course!), and if you’re at New Street Station and have a long wait for a train we’d recommend Grand Central Kitchen for anything and everything. (Fresh pizza in only 5 minutes!)