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Mar 2024

7 Exciting New Restaurants in Birmingham To Try ASAP

When was the last time you tried out a swanky new eatery? Are you an adventurous diner, or do you enjoy visiting your trusty old favourite every time? If you’re ready for something new, we’re ready to be your Birmingham guide. 

Keep reading to uncover the seven new restaurants in Birmingham to watch. From laidback eats to sophisticated restaurants, we’re covering all bases as the city’s foodie scene grows. Knives and forks at the ready — let’s jump in!

1. Cafe Love Life

Location: Digbeth

Halloumi, meze, and lamb kofte — oh my! Cafe Love Life is a love letter to Mediterranean food, and this spot doesn’t hold back on the flavours. Whether you’re in the market for a three-course Med-approved meal or want breakfast or brunch with a twist, this Digbeth-based restaurant is a new (and soon-to-be-staple) on the foodie scene. 

One of Cafe Love Life’s strengths is its commitment to social dining and inclusivity. Here, you can enjoy veggie, vegan, halal, and gluten-free options, plus an array of alcohol-free mocktails that are more than a lacklustre soda. So, round up your friends and prepare for a night in the Med.

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2. Riverine Rabbit

Location: Stirchley

Ready for an adventure? Riverine Rabbit is the next stop for you. This brand new Stirchley eatery was created by sisters Ash and Many while in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s all about combining classic South African flavours with seasonal British produce, a fusion yet to grace Birmingham’s food scene. 

Plates on the menu here include hay-smoked salmon, grilled mussels, crab muffins, halibut collar, pork belly, and more. Not only does Riverine Rabbit offer some gorgeously unique meals, but it also supports sustainable farming practices. Awesome.

3. Mooncat Bar

Location: Utilita Arena Birmingham

The Mooncat Bar has officially opened in place of one of Birmingham’s favourite venues—Jukeboxers. Don’t be too dismayed, though. Mooncat Bar is here, and the famous duelling pianos are still a feature. However, unlike the previous owners, this new endeavour offers exciting  Japanese street food places and creative sake cocktails. 

From small plates to Japanese fried chicken, Mooncat Bar's menu is packed with instant classics. Top options include takoyaki (octopus balls), gyoza, bento boxes, stir-fried rice dishes, soba noodles, and more. Bottomless brunch menus are also available if you fancy a Japanese take on the classic format.

4. Lane7 Bullring 

Location: Bullring

The long-awaited second Birmingham Lane7 venue finally opened in September 2023, and this Bullring bar and immersive experience are already a favourite for keen bowling enthusiasts, cocktail lovers, and everyone in between.

But did you know drinks aren’t the only thing on the menu? This lively bar also offers some fun bar snacks to keep you going as you play. Their vibrant list includes spicy chilli crackers, popcorn, chipotle and lime tortillas, marinated olives, and more. Yum!

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5. The Malaya Classic

Location: The Arcadian

Get ready to experience authentic Malaysian cuisine in Birmingham. The Malaya Classic is a new fixture in the upper section of The Arcadian, and it’s here to bring you the tastes and smells of Asia. Plus, this is a halal restaurant with plenty of veggie options. Perfect!

Does the name sound familiar to you? The Malaya Classic is a sister restaurant to the independently-owned The Thai Classic. So, if you like The Thai Classic, this new spot should be on your to-do list.

6. EL&N Bullring

Location: Bullring

EL&N London has long been a staple on Instagram feeds worldwide, and we’re glad to see this bubblegum pink cafe has finally opened in the Birmingham Bullring. Whether you’re looking for a coffee and sandwich or taking photos of your lunch, EL&N is the aesthetically pleasing new Birmingham restaurant for you. 

This is a breakfast and brunch restaurant, so prepare for acai smoothie bowls, pancakes, French toast, egg dishes, and all other cafe classics. You can also pick up stacked sandwiches, Italian breakfast bruschettas, and Turkish eggs on simit bread. Our recommendation? A cubed croissant, for sure.

7. Pasture Birmingham

Location: Colmore Row

Another long-awaited new restaurant in Birmingham, Pasture is the place to be if you’re a self-professed meat lover. This contemporary steakhouse and late-night bar will be open starting in March 2024 and will have a 6,500 sq ft dining area (formerly a Barclays Bank building). Pasture also owns locations in Cardiff and Bristol.

Pasture will focus on meat, from house cuts to classic stakes. However, there are set to be a few veggie and vegan options for those who want to experience the new restaurant while following a plant-based diet. Don’t forget the desserts! Alongside show-stopping mains, Pasture is known for mouth-watering puddings.

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No matter what your favourite food is, the new restaurants opening in Birmingham are here to impress. So, get out your calendar and start planning! You’ll want to book ASAP to secure your seats. See you there.

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