From Hawaii to Japan to the Lebanon and the Med, take a break without ever leaving Birmingham.
Inspired by Japan, poke started off in Hawaii before exploding in LA. Now, the Michelin guide is tipping Pacific Rim flavours, in particular Poke as the next big thing. Luckily for us, Brummies, will be able to head to Kuula Poke in the Great Western Arcade Kuula to get ahead of the trend. House Bowls are the signature dish, with a choice of protein on top of a bed of rice and garnished with crispy shallots, spring onions and sesame seeds.
Spearheaded by Peruvian born Michelin-starred chef, Robert Ortiz, Robert has previously worked at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone and the Four Seasons Canary Wharf. The restaurant will be located in Moseley on the corner of Woodgate Road and Alcester Road and as well as offering Peruvian food, will specialise in Pisco, (Peruvian brandy) alongside a range of wines and beers.
Katsu Kitchen is set to open in Moseley on Woodbridge Road. Specialising in of course, Japanese favourite Katsu, the menu also features donburi, salad, burgers, dippers and maki rolls. Previously running a successful kitchen takeover at Bonehead, Katsu Kitchen will be moving into its permanent home in June.
Established in Brixton Market in 1983, Franco Manca is famous for its slow-rising sourdough pizza and properly sourced, small supplier, seasonal ingredients. After Franco left the business and his friend Giuseppe Mascoli took the reins along with baker Bridget Hugo, naming it Franco Manca (Franco is missing) in his honour. Head to Bennett’s Hill on the launch day for free pizza but if you miss out, pizza prices start at just £5.
Mexican inspired restaurant chain Chilango will open its first restaurant outside of London on Colmore Row. Inspired by restaurants on the West Coast of the USA and in Chicago, Chilango is slang for a Mexico City resident. Expect burritos, wraps, tacos, nachos, salads and nudos (naked taco bowls).
Promising to bring the “authentic flavours of Beirut” to Birmingham, Kababji is a well-known name in the Middle East. With a branch in Wimbledon already, the “Artisan Lebanese Grill” will be opening in Grand Central soon. Offering wraps, the Beirut Box, Sharing Feasts and Middle Eastern classics such as Hummus and Tabboule, hungry diners can expect food to be “Healthy, Honest, Quick”.
With a waterside location overlooking the canal by The Cube, diners can expect “the best of the Mediterranean food, carefully crafted cocktails paired with extraordinary interior design.” The restaurant will feature an open kitchen, real charcoal grill and a 22ft long Italian Picasso marble bar.
Posted by Alev Dervish