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Sabai Sabai Wins Best Oriental Establishment at The Food Awards England 2016

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Last night Sabai Sabai was crowned the Best Oriental Establishment Award at this year’s glitzy Food Awards England 2016 hosted in the vibrant city of Manchester at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel.

The glamorous affair had Liverpool’s one and only Rachelle Perez host the evening, keeping everyone fabulously entertained. Rachael was proud to praise the achievements of England throughout the night celebrating a range of accolades in the food industry, from Best Restaurant to Best Wholesaler.

Thousands of nominations came in from across England and Sabai Sabai are thrilled that the country has voted them the best in the oriental food industry.

Sabai Sabai have received a hat trick of awards in the space of a year for its tantalizing food and luxurious surroundings:

From Restaurant of the Year – Birmingham Awards 2015 to Best Oriental of the Year – Birmingham Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards 2016; and now the Best Oriental Establishment – The Food Awards England 2016.

MD Torquil Chidwick said, “We are so thrilled to win and be recognised for a national award. This has definitely been an exciting year for us at Sabai Sabai with winning and being nominated for numerous awards, the opening of our third venue in Stratford-Upon-Avon where we will continue to serve high-quality dishes and ensure impeccable service.”

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Edmunds Restaurant, Brindleyplace set to relaunch with new offering as Edmunds Bistro de Luxe

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The team behind Edmunds have announced that following extensive research from their diners and loyal customers, they are set to make Edmunds more accessible to more customers at more times.

‘Edmunds Bistro de Luxe’ will launch on October the 1st, focusing on classic French country cuisine, cooked in a modern style, whilst showcasing the ‘Best of British’ ingredients.

Celebrating the individual regions of France, the new dishes will be priced individually and guests will be able to enjoy the new menus lunch and dinner.  However each dish will now be individually priced.

“Our focus will remain on quality” commented Gilles Larroque, Restaurant Manager (picture right) “However our customers tell us that they want to dine out more often and not just for a treat or special occasions.”

Edmunds Bistro De Luxe will appeal to more people at more times and menus will be much more accessible. Starting from simple daily French country soups through to starters from just £7 and mains from just £15. They will also be offering a Prixe Fixe lunch menu and early evening 2 courses for just £19.

Gilles says, “Our regular Edmunds customers who still wish to indulge can embark on a gastronomic journey that is our “Menu De Luxe’ which will present dishes from each of the regions of France, matched with the regional wines. It is all very exciting for the team.” 

Head Chef Didier Philipot (picture centre) commented, “My passions are seasonality, sourcing and flavours. In my home country of France the regions showcase the Read more »

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El Borracho De Oro wins Restaurant of the Year Award at this year’s Birmingham Awards

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El Borracho De Oro in Edgbaston were shouting ‘Ole’ after scooping the trophy for Best Restaurant at last weekend’s Birmingham Awards.

Sponsored by Birmingham City University, the second Birmingham Awards was held on Saturday 10th September at the Vox Conference Centre, with a double reception kick starting the night at the Highline Bar before moving up to The Vox for the main event.

Owner Emma Yufera-Ruiz said “We are absolutely delighted and thrilled. I would like to thank all of the hard working team at El B, most especially our General Manager Leo and our Head Chef Ignacio.

Birmingham Awards aims to bring the pride of Birmingham together under one roof to recognise the excellence and passion for the city, acknowledging and awarding those who strive to make our city home. The awards commemorated everything from small businesses to the best restaurants as well as adding categories such as Excellence in Media.

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Award winning Sabai Sabai restaurant opens third venue in the heart of Stratford Upon Avon

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Sabai Sabai Stratford

Sabai Sabai has opened its third Midlands restaurant, expanding their unique brand of Thai cuisine beyond Britain’s second city, into Stratford-upon-Avon.

Torquil and Juree Chidwick, the award-winning husband and wife team behind the brand, already run two highly successful restaurants in Birmingham, opening their first in Moseley twelve years ago, soon followed by another in Harborne in 2011.

Torquil said it’s the right time ‘We’re really excited to be opening in Stratford-upon-Avon, the artistic heart of Warwickshire. The location for the restaurant couldn’t be more perfect. Our other restaurants are in the suburbs, but Wood Street is right in the centre of Stratford, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Shakespeare Company. The process of finding the right location, as well as developing the look and style we wanted inside the Grade-II listed building, took about 12 months and we can’t wait to unveil it.’

Famed designers, Tibbatts Abel created the sumptuous, contemporary interiors for the new 90-cover restaurant. Adam Tibbatts and his team are highly-regarded for their work on Rofuto at Park Regis Hotel, and Saint Paul’s House in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

Sabai Sabai have recently been blessed with a trio of awards for its tantalising food and luxurious surroundings, as well as the owners’ business expertise including :

  • Best Restaurant  – The Birmingham Awards November 2015
  • Entrepreneur Of The Year for Juree Chidwick at the WM Woman of The Year 2015
  • Best Oriental Restaurant at the Birmingham Food Drink & Hospitality Awards 2016

The new restaurant in Wood Street will be hosting an invite only VIP event this Thursday.

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El Borracho de Oro shortlisted for Best Restaurant at this weekend’s Birmingham Awards

Emma Ruiz and Anita Champaneri

Emma Ruiz and Anita Champaneri

Edgbaston’s Spanish tapas restaurant is shortlisted for this weekend’s Birmingham Awards at The Vox Conference Centre. The restaurant which prides itself on its authenticity, is up for Best Restaurant alongside Aria Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency, Jilabi Indian Restaurant, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Opus.

Owner Emma Yufera Ruiz said : “we have worked incredibly hard to make this restaurant as authentic as possible and its really paid off with a plethora of regular customers commenting on how great the food is and about the wonderful wine list. It’s really great that the team have been recognised at these awards and we are really looking forward to the event this weekend.”

Hotel du Vin have gone for the triple with nominations for Business of the Year, GM Tony Elvin is recognised in the Businessman of the Year category and the Bubble Lounge for Pub of the Year.

Torquil Chidwick, owner of Sabai Sabai restaurant group is also shortlisted for Businessman of the Year. Torquil who started the Thai restaurant group with his wife Juree over 10 years ago has just opened his third venue in Stratford Upon Avon this week.

Anita Champaneri, MD of Hospitality PR and Events Company Delicious PR, is shortlisted for the Excellence In Media category.

The Birmingham Awards will be recognising people and businesses that have been part of the positive profile of Birmingham’s future.  Birmingham Awards is a black tie event with reception drinks starting at 6.00pm at the Highline Bar in Resorts World followed by the awards ceremony itself.

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Luxury Hotels Going Head To Head For Cure Leukaemia

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Luxury Birmingham Hotels, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin are engaging in some friendly rivalry to raise vital funds for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia. Both Hotels are now official Corporate Partners of the blood cancer charity and will be fundraising throughout Cure Leukaemia’s ‘Just One More’ campaign which aims to raise £40,000 to fund a specialist research nurse for a year.

Both Malmaison and Hotel du Vin have a number of innovative fundraising ideas that will run during September’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month and to add some spice they will be trying to raise more than the other!

Malmaison will have percentage donations from Hibiscus tea sales in Starbucks, limited edition red cocktails and velvet cupcakes in the bar and manicure and pedicure treatments in the spa. Every Friday will be a fancy dress day in Starbucks and on Friday 30th September the Hotel staff will all join in Cure Leukaemia’s ‘Wear Red Day’ across Birmingham. Hotel du Vin will be donating £1 for every ‘Hotel du Vin’ burger sold in the Bistro, £1 donation from every Tarte au Citron cocktail sold, plus a percentage off manicure and pedicure treatments in Spa du Vin throughout September.

Jackie Kelly, Cure Leukaemia’s Head of Corporate Partnerships, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Malmaison and Hotel du Vin as Corporate Partners and it is great to have them fronting our ‘Just One More’ campaign this year. The ethos of ‘Just One More’ is that just £1 from many people can make a big difference and I hope their innovative fundraising ideas encourage other businesses in Birmingham to get involved too. I’m sure the rivalry will be good-natured and will help boost their fundraising. Every penny raised will go towards funding one of our specialist research nurses for a year.”

General Manager at Malmasion, Birmingham Damian Goom said: “We are proud to support a charity here in Birmingham that is helping lead the fight against blood cancer, a cause that is close to my heart. I look forward to going head to head with Tony and Hotel du Vin during Cure Leukaemia’s ‘Just One More’ campaign and whilst it will all be in good spirits I expect to raise more!”

 General Manager at Hotel du Vin, Birmingham Tony Elvin said: “Birmingham should be proud to have a charity like Cure Leukaemia on its doorstep and Hotel du Vin is proud to be raising funds this September and beyond. I also have a personal connection with leukaemia and knowing that the funds we raise will directly help patients is very inspirational. The competition with Malmasion will be light-hearted but I assure you we have no intention of coming second!”

If you would like to get your business involved in Cure Leukaemia’s ‘Just One More’ campaign during September email or call 0121 236 9202 to request a fundraising pack and information on how to make a difference.


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The Curry King of Birmingham

Paul Fulford, Aaron Kang, Emma Larkin, Ashleigh Mills, Ciara Gallagher, PJ Ellis, Gurps Pahal and Aktar Islam

Paul Fulford, Aaron Kang, Emma Larkin, Ashleigh Mills, Ciara Gallagher, PJ Ellis, Gurps Pahal and Aktar Islam

With Birmingham recognised as the curry capital of the country, a search has been launched to find the city’s ultimate curry king or queen. With the help of an expert panel of judges, LoveBrum’s Curry King of Birmingham is a black tie ball with some added spice. 

The event, which was launched earlier this month, is already drilling up excitement amongst curry-connoisseurs who are keen to showcase their skills.

On Friday 14 October, the Curry King of Birmingham will bring together some of Birmingham’s hottest chefs to battle it out for the crown at the ICC.

The contestants will present their signature dishes before an expert panel of judges made up of some of Birmingham’s most well established chefs, including entrepreneur and award-winning Lasan chef, Aktar Islam; creative director of Pushkar Cocktail Bar and Dining, Rai Singh; Restaurateur and owner of Ithiaas, Raj Rana, food writer Paul Fulford and food publicist Anita Champaneri of Delicious PR.

Speaking at the launch of Curry King, Aktar Islam commented:

“I am so excited to be part of Curry King of Birmingham; the concept is something new and exciting for the city. It’s great that LoveBrum has thought outside of the box and rather than holding your typical black tie do, they’ve embraced some local culture to bring together food lovers to raise money for great causes. I’m absolutely delighted to have been asked to be a judge, and can’t wait to see what the competition has to offer on 14 October.” 

curry-logoThe team behind LoveBrum thought up Curry King of Birmingham and money raised on the night will go towards the charity. LoveBrum was set up to unearth hidden gem projects across the city and, every month, members vote every month to fund a local cause that’s in need of support.

Tickets for Curry King of Birmingham go on sale this week, so if you think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned king or queen of the curry capital, or to find out more information about the event, please contact or alternatively visit the

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Adam’s on Waterloo Street has joined forces with the UK food industry to support Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food appeal, calling on food lovers across the nation to eat out and help raise crucial funds towards the fight against child hunger.

Menus and venues across the country will be supporting Love Food Give Food this year as hundreds of restaurants nationwide unite to collect funds and support Action Against Hunger’s vision of a world without hunger. The appeal will also mark a significant moment for the humanitarian organisation as it celebrates 18 years of partnership with the UK food industry.

By adding on a voluntary £1 donation to their customers’ bills, restaurants were able to raise £330,000 for Action Against Hunger last year.

Diners can make a huge difference by eating out at Adam’s where customers will be given the opportunity to add a small donation to their bill.

By treating yourself at Adam’s you will be providing vulnerable communities with access to safe water and helping families in some of the world’s poorest countries to feed themselves and their children for generations to come.

Adam Stokes from the eponymous Michelin starred restaurant said, Helping this cause is very important to me, I love food and through food you can bring happiness and joy. By this small donation on each bill we can very quickly raise money to help people who are less fortunate and hopefully bring to them a little bit of that happiness and joy.”

If you really love food, why not show it by sharing? Head to Adam’s and turn that culinary passion into action against hunger. For more information on what’s going on during the campaign, and how you can get involved, visit

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Big Buzz around the launch of Zen Metro

Pawan Kenth and Paul Bassi

Last night the Colmore Business District was buzzing from the launch of the new Zen Metro on Cornwall Street. Property and finance professionals came out in force to support BrandAsia’s newest venture, Zen Metro.

This sophisticated Thai restaurant in the heart of Birmingham’s financial district boasts an extensive menu, chic interior and a party atmosphere to match. With this iconic bar being the sister restaurant of award winning Asha’s, nothing other than exemplary service and great food was expected and definitely delivered.

The exclusive VIP Launch also attracted many well-known faces from the media. Guests included Capital XTRA’s Sacha Brooks; Heart FM’s Steve Denyer; Free Radio’s Andy Goulding, ITV Presenter Genelle Aldred, Radio WM’s Richie Anderson and special guests The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham.

Corporate giants also joined to show their support, such as Bond Wolfe, Cushman and Wakefield, Colmore BID, Marketing Birmingham, Ernst and Young, Seven Capital to name a few, as well as journalists and bloggers.

Guests enjoyed Zen Metro’s elegance and charm and devoured a fabulous selection of traditional Thai bites and curries such as skewered grilled prawns with mango; raw papaya salad; coupes of duck salad; mini bowls of massaman curry and green chicken curry.

Manager Jaimon George said, “we were thrilled that #GetTheZenVibe was trending on twitter and we really appreciate the support of our customers who created that buzzing ambience. We know they will return to us to enjoy some great Thai food.”

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New Zen Bar Opens In Colmore Business District

New Zen Bar InteriorColmore Business District has always been the hub for great bars and restaurants in Birmingham and now it’s set to be even better with the launch of Zen Metro on Cornwall Street.

Based on the site of the old Metro Bar and Grill – the restaurant will be launching a new menu serving great Thai food from July 6th Having been taken over by Paul Bassi and Pawan Kenth’s Brandasia Group in 2015, the iconic venue has been refurbished and will be taking a new direction offering a quality offering for its regular business clientele.

After a £250,000 investment, the 100-seater venue has now been transformed into a sophisticated Thai restaurant complete with a huge blossom tree centrepiece, emulating a luxurious south-eastern vibe. Guests can enjoy Metro by Day and Zen by Night. There is a glassed private dining room too that seats up to 20 people, where you can enjoy dinner and a quality wine list or Read more »

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