As you may have guessed by now, I spend a lot of time in Birmingham. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it, it’s not as bad as you may think. I kind of see it as my second home and the more time I spend in the city of dreams, the more of its culinary delights I come across. Harborne is an area in Birmingham that is home to some of my favourite places to eat when in town, so I couldn’t resist telling you all about the culinary delights of Harborne Village.
If you’re a Birmingham resident then you should know about The Plough, if you don’t, then get to know it. It’s the first place I visited in Harborne and quickly become one of my favourites. This quirky little pub is all about good food and a nice atmosphere. They do Sunday roasts and weeknight deals and the food never disappoints. The food is served on wooden boards and you get your chips in cute little metal baskets. This place is well worth a visit, the roasted veggie burger with peppers, mushrooms and goat’s cheese is the one.
Arco Lounge is another great Harborne destination. I’ve only been once, on recommendation from a friend of mine that really knows his food and it was spot on. I had Eggs Benedict and my boyfriend had the Lounge Champion Breakfast which is pictured below. It consisted of chorizo, smoked back bacon, onion, BBQ baked beans and fried potato topped with mature cheddar, Montaray Jack cheese and two fried eggs. It’s not really something you could stomach on a hangover but it was absolutely delicious and well worth a try. The place was quite cosy and the food was good but on the whole not as nice as The Plough. For good authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of Harborne, look no further than Sabai Sabai. I’ve been to Thailand and when I was there I became obsessed with the food so I couldn’t wait to sample Birmingham’s version. The Chicken Pad Thai and the sweetcorn cakes were tasty, authentic and fresh and the pecan pie for dessert, although not necessarily a traditional Thai dish, was still really good. I haven’t been to any other Thai restaurants in Birmingham but I’d definitely recommend this place and it scored major brownie points with me for the great presentation.I know Birmingham is famous for it’s curry’s and I’m ashamed to say I definitely have not sampled enough. When I was at University I ordered from some pretty horrific Indian takeaways (once my korma was actually neon green, I swear) and since then I haven’t got round to trying some of the best. Luckily though, my boyfriend introduced me to Cardamom and since then I haven’t looked back. We’ve eaten in the restaurant once, and had takeaway a couple of times. The food is definitely better when you eat in, although the atmosphere isn’t great and we were the only people in there, you can take your own alcohol and the food is extremely good value. Our whole meal came to £20 and the food was just how I like it; not too spicy but creamy and delicious and it definitely hit the spot.So all in all, Harborne is a great place to eat until your hearts content. I’m still yet to try The Junction and The White Swan and if you have any other Birmingham based restaurant recommendations then please let me know, I would be more than happy to review them.