The restaurant guide to Birmingham restaurants lists more than 2200 restaurants and takeaways available in Birmingham and nearby areas. There is something for everyone and numerous websites with Birmingham restaurant reviews so that it is easy for you to choose where you would like to eat.
Given the wide range of spending habits within Birmingham, everyone from students (Birmingham has three universities and a multitude of colleges) to high rolling business people, there is a corresponding wide range in prices for the restaurants and bars in the area. There are the usual restaurants, cafes, and pub chains scattered all over Birmingham but of particular note are the following.
· Cafe one in five ways, this is a fair trade and organic cafe, with very cheap prices
· Canal side cafe, Gas Street, small and right on the canal side
· Edwardian tea rooms inside the Birmingham Museum, surprisingly for a cafe in sky inside the museum this is very cheap and serves good food
· Mr Egg, Hurst Street, lots of egg dishes cheap and nutritious, very popular with students and with people as they come out of nightclubs
· Aria Restaurant, Bridge Street, a good place to go pre-concert
· Opus Restaurant, Cornwall Street, this is an upmarket shellfish bar
· The Jam House, St. Pauls Square, a varied but upmarket menu and live music nearly every night
· Metro Bar and Grill, Cornwall Street, seasonal food including salads, seafood, and pastor
There are also plenty of places to eat located within the main shopping areas and for dishes prepared in front of your eyes visit some of the many markets, especially the farmers markets.
Birmingham is known as the curry capital of the UK, and even boasts its own legendary triangle – the Balti Triangle (but don't worry nobody has disappeared within this triangle, the only disappearances are Balti food going into people's tummies!). It is very appropriate to have the Balti Triangle within Birmingham, as Birmingham is known as the birthplace of the Balti, which is a style of Kashmiri cooking. The rough guide recommends a visit to the Balti Triangle where you will find about 50 'Balti houses' within walking distance of each other.
There are many other areas within Birmingham, which will each supply their own unique style of cooking. For example, there is a vibrant Chinese area within Birmingham.
For the chocoholics there is of course Cadbury World. A visit to Cadbury World will include you being given a least a bag full of chocolate to take away with you, and that doesn't include the number of samples you are able to get whilst on the tour or the chance to make your own chocolate. If that isn't enough there is also an on-site restaurant and of course the chocolate gift shop.