Sunday, December 4, 2011

Best Budget Restaurants in Birmingham

ByFrancis Bentos

We've all been there - out in the middle of the city, and hunger strikes. Problem is, you're running a little low on funds today. Maybe you stayed for one more round in the pub than you should have last night, or Christmas is coming and you need every penny to treat that special someone. Whatever the reason, you know that you just can bring yourself to walk down Fast Food Boulevard again. The thought of another burger or kebab is just too much. If you happen to be in Birmingham, however, you're in luck. The city boasts some outstanding dining deals for those on a budget, with the option of AA Rosette-awarded restaurants not out of reach. Below are a pick of some of the .


A restaurant that is the proud recipient of 2 prestigious AA Rosettes may seem like an odd choice to start a list of budget Birmingham restaurants. However, Opus manages to present premium British cooking without pretention, and without the astronomical price tag that one might expect from a high-end eatery. Showered with critical acclaim, Opus Birmingham prepares a selection of innovative recipes that are dependent on only the freshest ingredients. Unlike many other restaurants (an certainly the fast food you may have been considering in order to save money), Opus staff go to local markets to buy fresh seafood and other ingredients every day. Free-range poultry and meat is also delivered daily. Diners can sample gourmet dishes for reasonable prices, such as Carlingford rock oysters, and pan-fried quail salad with quail's eggs. The Opus setting is one of contemporary elegance, with large windows looking down onto the street below, flooding the interior with natural light.

Asha's Restaurant and Bar

After something a little more exotic? Owned by Bollywood singer Asha Bohsle, Asha's Restaurant and Bar is an essential Birmingham destination for vibrant Indian cuisine. Winning praise from the Michelin Guide, this seductively lit eatery is simmering with Bollywood glamour. Traditional North Western Indian cuisine is showcased in all its vibrant glory, with bold specialities including panchpharon whole lobster marinated in 5 spices. The warm décor of orange and dark stained wood makes Asha's an ideal setting for groups and celebrations.

The Warehouse Café

Cheap eats usually translates into 'horrendously unhealthy eats' for many, no matter how hard we try and avoid it. Housed inside the Birmingham Friends of the Earth HQ, at The Warehouse Café in Birmingham, diners can enjoy the healthier things in life without having to pay the earth for the privilege! This trendy vegetarian restaurant serves a selection of cheap, light meals, which include a popular falafel. There are plenty of light bites which are perfect for sharing, like the irresistible pita breads, and the cumin-dressed carrots.

Francis Bentos is a London based editor with a passion for critiquing and reviewing restaurants. He regularly dines at many of the finest restaurants in Birmingham and throughout the UK, and is particularly knowledgeable on the UK restaurant industry.

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