Venue: The Button Factory, 25 Frederick Street, B1 3HH; website
The consummate weekender, The Button Factory has taken over the Jewellery Quarter's terrace of potential, which was Vertu. With an open kitchen as the focal point of the dining room, and a cheffing team that moved across the country for launch, the Middle Eastern-y menu is refreshingly interesting without veering too close to pretension. The chargrilled squid was spiced and finished adeptly, whilst the n'duja croquettes had just the right amount of kick to warrant some dispute as to who should get last bite rights. In terms of mains, the menu is small but perfectly formed, and that we wanted to try every dish says a lot about the thought that went into it. Stepping up for coronation though, the generous slices of what must have been one helluva lamb's leg, served with a cumin-based herb combo of Ottoman pleasing proportions, a yohgurty dip and a light, doughy flatbread. A simple sounding plate of food, but an exemplary one. Menu
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