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Indian Brewery Opens



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So many marvellous independent beer places have opened up over the last year in Birmingham, that now beer lovers are truly spoiled for choice. The newest addition to the Jewellery quarter, Indian Brewery Snowhill, is set to spice things up a little which is great news for beer fans as well as street food lovers and artisan coffee folk.

The Indian Brewery has resurrected the old coffee shop, Brewsmiths under Snow Hill’s railway arches, and resurrected it as a bar selling craft beer as well as artisan coffee. Obviously, being Indian you have to throw a bit of masala into the mix, so during the morning it dishes out an innovative breakfast menu and mouth watering street food from midday till late.

Jaspal Purewal, who owns Indian Brewery which supplies Birmingham lager, Indian Summer, Bombay Honey, Peacock and IPA to Birmingham venues including Harvey Nichols, Connolly’s wine merchants and Indico, has taken over the lease of the cafe and had added an impressive bar. The old worn out  exterior has been replaced by something altogether more slick and modern and the interior has a more industrial feel. It’s casual and relaxed with benches for drinkers to enjoy an artisan beverage whether it be coffee or Indian sodas as well as their beers, whilst admiring the classic Bollywood posters on the walls. A place of social gathering and good times.

Jaspal told the Birmingham Mail: “We’ve wanted to set up a bar for our brewery for a long time and the Jewellery Quarter is the perfect location. There is so many exciting things happening here. This will be our flagship store – for all to consume our beers along with in-house artisan coffee and street food.”

The site on Livery Street quietly opened on Friday 13th and customers were quick to hot foot it down there to see what was on offer.

Beer is served in craft cans, bottle cask and on draught these include Indian Brewery beers and also an impressive range of guests.; The Indian Brewery beer is brewed at their Great Barr base.

As well as bacon, sausage or egg naan on the breakfast menu, diners can enjoy pakora pops, Indian fish and chips and Chaat bombs!  The Bombay Breakfast; a twist on the English –  is bound to be a hit with people seeking quality, taste and innovation.

The food menu has a distinct street flavour but there is a difference! Jaspal revealed: “We’re not your typical Balti house or Indian pub, we’re truly different and being innovative was key, the public has spoken.”

Indian Brewery Snow Hill, Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1EU

Officially open from Monday 15th January 2017.

Breakfast is available Monday to Friday from 7am to 12pm midday, Saturday from 8:00am to 12pm midday, and Sundays from 8.30pm to 12midday.

Street Food is available Monday to Thursday from 12pm midday to 9pm, Friday & Saturday from 12pm midday to 9:30pm and Sunday from 12pm midday to 8pm.

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Rajdoot Tandoori celebrates 50 years of service














A jewel within the Jewellery quarter – the team behind Rajdoot Tandoori are gearing up to celebrate their 50th anniversary of delivering exemplary North Indian cuisine.

In half a century the doors of the Rajdoot have seen many famous faces pass through, such as The Beatles, Keith Floyd, Princess Margaret, Simon Cowell and even Jamie Oliver.

All these stars have been enticed by their exotic flavours and opulent interior design; that in 2013 won Rajdoot the Best Restaurant Design award at the English Curry Awards.

Proud owner Manjit Gill said that: “We always strive for excellence in both food and service and we’re proud to have been a top-quality and well-recognised for almost 50 years”.

“We consider it a huge achievement to have been running for 50 years, and we look forward to many more years to come”.

Their menu boasts everything from sizzling tandooris cooked in traditional clay ovens, a plethora of sumptuous seafood options, indulgent desserts and an extensive range of vegetarian options – visitors are simply spoilt for choice!

If the amount of choice is over-whelming, diners are welcome to opt for Rajdoot’s set menu options, caringly put together from their chef’s recommendations of dishes that complement each other.

For high calibre and authentic food in a luxurious setting, Rajdoot Tandoori has been setting the standard of excellence for 50 years and will strive to continue for the foreseeable future.

Rajdoot Tandoori Jewellery Quarter

78-79 George Street,

Birmingham, B3 1PY

T: 0121 236 1116

follow on twitter: @rajdootindian

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Deck Du Vin with your best woolly!

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On Friday 16th December it’s the official Christmas Jumper Day and Hotel du Vin in Colmore BID will be getting into the fundraising spirit by collecting items for the local Food Bank.

Pop in any time of the day in your most festive woolly, leave an item for them to donate to the Food Bank and enjoy a cup of mulled wine on the house!

So what better excuse to get into the festive spirit than a day of fun in the Bubble Lounge at Hotel du Vin. After all, it’s Chrissttmmaaass!!

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Birmingham’s most expensive cocktail at the new Varanasi Indian restaurant

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Fine dining connoisseurs are set for a new treat as Broad Street is set to get another mega Indian restaurant with the arrival of Varanasi.

Located at the top of Broad Street by Grosvenor Casino, the venue is set on 3 floors, 2 of which are subterranean. It’s a sumptuously chic restaurant, with no expense spared to showcase a breath taking décor fit for a King.

The owner of Varanasi travelled the globe researching chic upmarket bars and the finest restaurants, from its interior design, how it operates and the food created, to find inspiration in to produce something Birmingham has not seen before.

The entrance to the restaurant is temple-like, with the entrance acting as a sentry post, guarded by a row of Buddhas standing to attention.

General Manager Pawan Chhabra says, “the team has spent the last two years working tirelessly to create an iconic restaurant for the Midlands. With gold leaf hand painted artwork throughout, we have strived to create an experience like no other. Varanasi can accommodate up to 500 covers so it really will be a jaw dropping restaurant for the city.

The menu has been curated by Michelin-star chef, Alfred Prasad; who has created an impeccably presented, authentic, Indian, haute-cuisine menu.

There will be a premium drinks menu, with an extensive selection of Gins, Whiskeys and Rums and also boasting the Midlands most expensive cocktail ‘The Jewel of Varanasi.’

Priced at £500 its served in a crystal brandy balloon, and made with Hennesey Paradis, Grand Marnier, vanilla pods, quails egg, lemongrass syrup. Then shaken and served with an edible flower, black truffle shaving and 24 carat gold leaf.

Varanasi have 14 full-time chefs and have created an additional 40 part time and full time jobs. It also boasts two of the most luxurious private dining rooms you will see which can to accommodate up to 30 covers each.

The name Varanasi comes from an ancient city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims from around the world to bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.

With lots of fine dining Indian restaurants in Birmingham, Varanasi sets out not to be just another fine dining Indian restaurant, Varanasi aims to take the customer on a heavenly journey and dining experience both culinary and visually.

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King and Thai Restaurant, Royal Seal Of Approval

Chef Suree Coates collects her Royal Thai Select Award

Chef Suree Coates collects her Royal Thai Select Award

This week saw a very special appointment for Shropshire Thai Chef Suree Coates.

Popular amongst the diners of the region, and beyond. In recent years receiving a string of accolades from Shropshire Curry Chef, to Thai Curry Chef of the Year, and National Guides including The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year. Chef Suree can now proudly display her International ‘Royal Seal of Approval’ from the Thai Royal Court as one of their ‘Thai Select’ venues. With only 14 in the UK and only 7 outside London, now including The King and Thai in Broseley.

‘Thai Select’ is a seal of approval granted by the Royal Thai Court in Thailand, following recommendations from officials, to Thai restaurants overseas that serve authentic Thai food.
Recognising ‘consistent dedication to traditional Thai methods in cuisine, service and high standards’. The objective is to increase the recognition of quality Thai restaurants as well as to encourage Thai restaurateurs and food producers to raise their quality while maintaining authenticity. Placing the King and Thai amongst the best Authentic Thai Restaurants in the World.

“I was so humbled to receive the award” comments Chef Suree Coates “I did n’t even know we were being considered. To be honoured by the Thai Royal household is the icing on the cake for my career. Being born in Thailand and remaining passionate about my homeland and its cultures, cuisine and foods is Read more »

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Lobster Peninsula set to open in Birmingham’s Futurist Cinema following £700,000 revamp

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Following a £700,000 revamp and renovation, a brand new seafood restaurant is set to breathe new life into Birmingham’s Futurist Cinema.

The owners of the restaurant were keen to maintain the historic features of the building’s architecture whilst also innovating the space.

The venue will now incorporate a private lounge, bar, separate restaurant, a spacious nightclub  as well as a balcony bar where diners can enjoy cocktails.

The cinema dates back to the early 1900s and officially opened in July 1919, making it one of the oldest cinemas in the country as well as being the first cinema in Birmingham to screen “talkies” following the revolution of sound within cinema.

It stopped functioning as a cinema in the 1990s due to the rise of the multiplex cinema and then lay derelict for years, before being transformed into a lap dancing establishment in recent years.

Lobster Peninsula co-owner William Sui revealed that: “The previous lease holders had done a lot of work to hide the original features of the building so when we got the keys earlier this year it was looking very ugly”.

“We’ve done a lot of work to restore some of the features such as the high ceilings”.

“We have created a very big restaurant but even so we had to create a partition wall and section off the main cinema auditorium”.

The high end seafood restaurant which will serve delectable sharing seafood platters of lobster, crab, creole fish, prawns, calamari, mussels, a catch of the day dish and also steak and chicken dishes.

Mr Sui added: “I grew up eating fresh seafood simply cooked. I’ve also spent a lot of time travelling in Portugal and the Mediterranean where you can get incredible seafood platters. Yes, we are not close to the sea in Birmingham but we will source absolutely the freshest fish – from the wholesale fish market”.

“The Mediterranean influence in evident in the Spanish restaurant style tiling on the bar but the design emphasis is very much on keeping the grandeur of the Futurist Cinema”.

Lobster Peninsula will be the new neighbours to pizza restaurant The Stable, Caribbean-inspired Turtle Bay, Cherry Reds and Brewdog.

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Be enthralled by the sights, sounds and spices of India as Indico Street Kitchen launches in Shirley

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A fabulous new dining experience has descended into the suburban delights of Shirley Solihull. Visitors to the Parkgate Shopping Centre on Stratford Road will be able to delight in the culinary joys of indian street food and the vibrancy of the sub continent.

The new venue is reminiscent of a movie scene from Monsoon Wedding, the walls are adorned with Bollywood style pop art and the ceiling covered with a multitude of colourful umbrellas.

There is street art on each wall that has been hand painted by a variety of street artists from around the world using different styles but similar theme of Indian street life.

In the corner is the open kitchen in sunshine yellow made in the style of a wagon, set over two floors with a mezzanine level and bar area seating 140, it really is a feast for the senses.

The menu has been inspired by authentic street food of India you will be able to enjoy dishes such as gol gappa (puffed hollow pastry rounds filled with seasoned potatoes and chilled mint flavoured water), and pav bhaji (a typical Mumbai style anytime meal, a spicy blend of mashed vegetables with light battered toasted bun).

You can also enjoy traditional favourites such as samosas, bhel puri and kebabs.

The drinks menu has been thoughtfully put together too; you can get Indian beer, wine and mocktails. The cocktail offer is pretty special too with drinks such as Mango Martini, Mumbai Mojito and Mango Lassie Ta Ra Rum Pum.  Above all, you can taste the real Indian Masala Chai, which is a big part of the everyday street life of India.

Owner Mr Badur says, “Eating out should be a fun experience with the best quality of food, service and ambience; what I am trying to recreate is a real sense of fun using the best of Indian culture, music, street food, street art and amazing cocktails ”.

Jonathan Cox, Head of Parkgate Shopping Centre said, “We are very excited that the much anticipated opening of Indico is just a few weeks away. Visitors will be amazed to see how they have transformed the 1500 square foot unit. It’s a great addition to the centre and it’s sure to attract visitors from far and wide.”

The new venue, which has created 25 full and part time local jobs, is set to open on Sunday 20th November 2016.

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

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

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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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