Where to find Birmingham’s latest flavour trends

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New and exciting flavours are popping up on menus across the city. Here’s our low-down on the tastiest and trendiest eats in Brum!

Ponzu | Harborne Kitchen

The long-awaited successor to soy sauce has finally arrived! Ponzu looks something like soy, but packs a completely different punch with its bold citrus flavours. Sample it along with some seriously good cooking at the Harborne Kitchen. Opt for the six-course tasting menu and be delighted by the Cornish blonde ray and ponzu pork cheek served with pineapple and coriander.

Sourdough | Loaf

Sourdough bread is coming back in a big way. Stirchley-based bakery Loaf specialises in sourdoughs, using traditional methods to bring us tasty loaves and sweet treats.

Food challenges | Crust

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Not so much a flavour, but too much and extremely spicy are trends that have exploded across our great city. Now you can compete with your friends and loved ones to finish an American-style food challenge. Crust has not one but five challenges of pretty epic proportions. Complete them in the allocated time and you’ve won yourself a free meal. Nice.

Kimchi | Miss Korea / Kimchi

Everybody loves kimchi. It’s at the very beginning if a movement bringing pickled and fermented dishes to upmarket eateries. Try it in a range of dishes at Korean restaurants all over. We’re looking forward to it popping up in other restaurants very soon, likely in ketchups or adding a kick to burgers. If you can’t wait, stock up now at Bone & Barrel.

Indian Street Food | The Indian Streatery / Raja Monkey

Indian street food joints have sprung up over recent years. Two of Birmingham’s finest are Raja Monkey in Hall Green and brand new The Indian Streatery in the city centre on Bennetts Hill. Just because you’ve tried one, don’t think you know what’s on offer in the other. Join the tiffin club at the Raja Monkey to refill with traditional fare. Or try The Indian Streatery’s approach incorporating Indian flavours and ingredients into modern dishes.

Vegan fast food | Not Dogs / Veggie Chippy

Vegetarian food is finally taking off in Birmingham! Now everyone from vegans to admitted carnivores can indulge in meat-free goodness. Not Dogs and The Veggie Chippy use substitutes to recreate traditional fast foods from pizzas to hot dogs.  

Za’atar | Syriana

Middle Eastern cuisines are becoming more popular, with restaurants appearing quicker than you can say ‘mezze’. One of the most popular ingredients is za’atar a family of herbs bursting with flavour. Try this simple but delicious culinary adventure in Syriana’s za’atar manoush flatbread.

Miso | Byron Hamburgers

This soup staple has broken free of its Japanese roots. The miso craze is bringing ferments to the fore. Now find it coating bacon in Byron’s Bunzilla burger with wasabi mayo and soy glaze. Only available until 25th September.

Upcoming trends

Indian seafood is on the horizon. It’s hugely tasty and under appreciated, so we can’t wait to try it soon.

One of the most exciting upcoming trends is Israeli cooking. As a cultural melting pot, Israel’s cuisine features influences from across the globe coming together in healthy dishes. For anyone who loves flavour with mellower spices than other Asian foods, this will be a revelation.

There has been a lot of hype around Hawaiian poke, a raw seafood salad. We haven’t found an eatery offering this healthy appetiser yet so look out for restaurants specialising in flavours from the Pacific islands!

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