Chips and curry sauce. It's not a dish synonymous with quality, or indeed Michelin-starred chefs. And yet, Glynn Purnell's take on the stay-in staple at his bistro has proved as punter pleasing as it has popular on the old social media. Which got us thinking, who else is giving your guilty pleasures the high-end treatment and love they deserve? Answers athisaway ↓
POT NOODLE, BY THE LOBBY ON HILL STREET; website
Just adding water will not a delicious and nutritious instant snack make. Adding a kettle full of steaming stock to your udon noodles, oriental style vegetables, homemade spicy kakejiru sauce and prawns will however result in the damn swishest Pot Noodle we've born witness to. Yep, get it for £5.80 at Lobby on Hill Street, which opens a week today (October 27). Menu
FISH AND CHIPS, BY SKY BAR AT RESORTS WORLD; website
Available as part of an unashamedly decadent nine-course chef's table experience at Sky Bar, trade in that partially warm chip shop plaice for miso-marinated, pan seared, black cod. Served with crispy tempura fine beans for chips and wasabi barley for peas, everything is right about this combination, which the team will prepare for you as a stand-alone dish if you don't have time for the full nine yards. Either way, pair your plate with Nikka Whisky from the barrel, shaken over ice.
QUAVERS, BY HARBORNE KITCHEN; website
We have it on almost rudely good authority that cod quavers are going to feature as a snack on the opening menu at Harborne Kitchen, when it launches on November 18. Actually consisting of crispy fried cod skin, served with a rosemary emulsion that you can add as much or as little of as you like, you can also expect piccalilli pakoras (£4) and buttermilk chicken poppers (£7) done the right way. Fist bump?
FRIED CHICKEN, BY ROFUTO; website
A rule we try to live by, is that meals should not be consumed from a box. And of all the foodstuffs to avoid the cardboard treatment, we're putting chicken wings at the top of the pile (apart from, maybe, soup). Banish all and any questionable poultry related experiences and try Rofuto's perfectly crispy portion of delicious, served in a sticky, punchy, kimchi sauce (£7.50). Menu
CURRY, BY PURNELL'S; website
This city stalwart was given a joyous thwack of love back in 2009 when Glynn's monkfish masala made it all the way to the Great British Menu. Still available as part of Purnell's Autumn 9 Menu, the meatiest of fishes is served with red lentils, pickled carrots, fragrant reduced coconut milk, toasted coconut and coriander shoots. Not that there's anything wrong with our local fish masala but this dish is weep worthy.
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