Think about Birmingham and food. You’d be forgiven if the first thing that pops into your head is “curry”. After all, this is the city that invented the balti and has an entire neighbourhood named in its honour. Legend has it that a local Pakistani restaurateur was searching for a dish that could fuse together the traditional one-pot slow-cooked curries with the demands of his western customers. And so, the balti was born. If you want to be sure you’re getting the real deal, there’s only one place to go.
But there’s a lot more to Brum than balti – even though that’s an excellent place to start. To omit the city’s edgy take on Michelin-starred dining would be to deny your stomach some of life’s finest pleasures. And that’s before we even get into Birmingham’s contribution to the craft beer and a burger trend. If you love your food, here are several reasons why Birmingham needs to be on your to-do list.