"Best bhuna ever", said Danny345 from Wigan, awarding Halesowen's 'Balti Towers' five stars on Trip Advisor. For a considerably more qualified look at Brum's food scape, we've been conflabbing with the city's biggest cheffing talent, to find out where the dining masters patronise on their precious days out of the kitchen.
"I'm getting a bit long in the tooth, so when I go out, I opt for family time. Purecraft's our favourite — everyone knows about the beer, but the food operation is so good, you can't fault it. Steve doesn't realise what a good chef he is, but Adam [Stokes], Brad [Carter] — we all love going there. For pizza, head to The Plough. In terms of steak, just ask Aktar what Fiesta del Asado's best cut is that day, and order it. I can't wait to try Cheal's.
Brad Carter, Carters
"If I eat high-end, it's between The Cross and Purnell's — my favourite for a special treat. I love O.P.M. — its cool styling, garden space, and above all its burgers. As with all great food it starts with the sourcing, and here the boys get it bang on, using rare breed, well-aged patties for their creations. The Darrons Fancy with sparkenhoe Red Leicester is epic, plus you have to have ODB fries, as well as craft beer from Siren. My perfect Sunday!"
Aktar Islam, Lasan Group
"On a Wednesday, after a tough session at the gym, I like to meet up with the lads on Ladypool Road and we go to Antep — one of the many Turkish restaurants that have sprouted throughout Birmingham. You get to see the lightly marinated meats being cooked over the charcoal grill whilst nibbling on the team's mezze selection. The family platter is definitely what I’d recommend; it always hits the spot and it's great value for money."
Matt Cheal, Cheal's
"It sounds a bit predictable but I was at Simpsons for lunch yesterday, which says it all really. It's an institution for great food service and I love what they've done with it. Another great spot is The King's Head at Aston Cantlow, which has got a lovely garden and is cosy come the winter. Brett, the former exec chef at the Hyatt, runs a brilliant kitchen, producing classic pub food, as well as higher end options. If it's on, be sure to try the venison."
Alex Claridge, The Wilderness
"Faculty Coffee is a bit of a retreat for me when I just need to clear my head - some of the best coffee in the UK, with everything else simple but delicious. Blink and you'll miss Malaysian Delight, an unassuming restaurant opposite The Arcadian. It’s right up my street — big flavours and super relaxed. The bathroom is behind a curtain (unusual, I’ll cede), and it’s in the midst of the chaos that is Hurst Street on a Friday night, but I love it."
Adam Stokes, Adams
"Time off is mainly a family affair and we're always looking for good child, friendly options. The Cross at Kenilworth not only has a great a la carte menu but the kids offering is tasty and nutritious. After a busy shift, the chicken tikka naan wraps and dosas from Raja Monkey are both amazingly tasty treats. On Sunday mornings you'll find me with the family at Cherry Reds for brunch, there is so much on offer — it's great for everyone."
Ben Ternent — Opus
“For special occasions, it has to be Carters. Brad and Holly are fantastic hosts and they have a great approach to seasonality, as well as cooking everything so well. My guilty pleasure is picking up a curry in Moseley. We don’t normally cook curries at Opus, so it’s a welcome change. Try the Chicken Chana Balti from Kababish — the dish uses an exotic collection of fresh spices and herbs which gives it a really tasty, distinctive flavour."
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