THE FOOD DIARIES: Don’t miss Birmingham’s tasty new restaurant openings


Birmingham’s food scene is a constantly expanding one, with new restaurants popping up all the time. We’re obviously really happy about it, with all the cool new places to taste and explore. It is, however, becoming a little bit hard to keep up with, so we’ve decided to point out a few of the new openings we’re most excited for!

1. Mowgli

Mowgli comes to us from our Northern neighbours up in Manchester and Liverpool, and man, are we grateful. Mowgli serves authentic Indian street food as well as the kind of dishes you only get when you visit an Indian friend’s home. The Indian food scene in the UK is generally very curry-heavy. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good chicken Tikka; but similarly to Italian cuisine, which is more than pizza and pasta, there’s more to Indian cuisine than curry. Mowgli specialises in showcasing authentic and delicious Indian food. The KOMPAS Team have long been fans of Mowgli up in Liverpool, so we’re extremely excited for their entry into the Birmingham food scene.

2. Pinchos Tapas Bar

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We’ll be honest here, we’ve got a weak spot for tapas. It’s difficult to find something more satisfying than sitting down with your friends, sipping on some quality wine, and eating delicious Spanish bites. It’s like a posh version of a pint and pub grub. Pintxos (pronounced ‘Pinchos’) are small plates, mostly originating from Northern Spain, and are what this place does best. While the tapas  selection at Pinchos is not the most extensive we’ve seen, they’re all delicious. And if you’ve had a little too much to drink, they also serve an excellent cup of coffee to sober yourself up.

3. NRI Restaurant

Full disclosure here, NRI (which stands for Not Really Indian) hasn’t opened in Birmingham yet. When we hear that a 2-Michelin star chef is bringing his culinary talents to Birmingham, we get excited. Not much is known about this place yet, beyond the fact that it’ll be the 2nd iteration of the original Mumbai restaurant. Nonetheless, colour us excited!

4. Sabai Sabai Central Birmingham

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The legendary Thai restaurant (arguably one of the best in Birmingham), Sabai Sabai, which has two locations in the city already, in Moseley and Harborne, is finally coming to the centre. Granted, this is less of a new opening and more of an expansion – but we love seeing one of our favourite restaurants doing well, so we’ll include it on this list. If you haven’t been before because “it was too far out and I couldn’t be bothered” (looking at you, Joe), you have no excuse anymore. Let the Thai food commence!

5. The Indian Streatery

The famous Digbeth street food vendor, The Indian Rasoi, has found a permanent spot and we couldn’t be happier about it! With the restaurant being renamed to the Indian Streatery (love it), they’re keeping close to their roots of serving delicious and simple Indian street food. There’s not much to say about this place, other than that if you haven’t been, you have to go and try it ASAP.

6. Nakira Bar & Grill

Nakira is an interesting place. It serves authentic South African cuisine (a first in Birmingham, as far as we know); however, it’s still experiencing some growing pains.  As such, we’re not entirely ready to pass a verdict on whether this place is up to scratch, but we’re definitely ready to give them the benefit of the doubt. We hope they reach their full potential and we’ll end up loving them as much as the rest of the entries on this list.

That’s all from us – we hope you’re as excited about the new openings as we are. In hindsight, a large chunk of the coolest openings in Birmingham these days are to do with Indian food. We love Indian food so we’re not complaining. Surely it’s just a matter of time until Avocado Madras and gluten-free Naan make their way from California to Birmingham (Great idea? No? Fine we’ll shelve that one). 

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