Wouldn’t it be great to set up a dinner date at a local restaurant without relying on tried-and-tested chains? Local restaurants in Birmingham benefit from being interesting, full of character and (best of all) often low in price. Here is a handy list of the best restaurants in the city which are perfect for a first date.
Getting a high quality meal needn’t mean breaking the bank. Opus on Cornwall Street boasts 2 AA rosettes for its fresh and interesting dishes. A 3-course meal will only set you back £15.50 per head and it’s open Monday – Friday for lunch and dinner and 6-7pm on Saturdays. Dedicated to using locally-grown ingredients, the menus change with the seasons so you can sample something different every time. The restaurant also benefits from a glass frontage so there’s plenty of natural light to highlight the chic interior design. Overall, this is an impressive location for a first date.
There’s nothing like a decent burger and, if you’re looking for a relaxed venue to get the conversation going, this is a great choice. It’s not technically a standalone restaurant as there are several other branches across the UK, however the ever-popular chain was started in Birmingham and you can see why they’ve grown so quickly. There are more than 40 varieties of burger on offer including an impressive selection of vegetarian options. It’s a popular place partly because the prices are so reasonable with each burger costing around £7.
If you want a good meal out in Birmingham, you should check out one of the many fantastic Indian restaurants in the city and Asha’s is well worth a visit. Approved by the Michelin guide with a seriously stylish interior, the food is both high quality and very reasonably-priced. Standard dishes start at around £13.95, however the lunchtime set menu will set you back the same amount for a 2 course meal including a drink and a side dish. If your date is a curry lover then this would make an excellent choice for a date.
Birmingham’s original vegetarian restaurant, The Warehouse Café, is both a stylish and laid-back location for a first meeting. Serving a selection of wraps, burgers and salads, it’s a good choice for a lunch date and very popular in the evenings. If you want to make a dinner reservation, it’s best to get in quick – the café has been commended by The Independent, Observer and Metro so it’s always busy.
This Chinese restaurant takes some finding as it’s tucked away upstairs in the Arcadian Centre and there’s no website, but it’s worth the effort. Very popular with the Chinese population of the city, Golden Pond offers a fantastic dim sum menu (prices ranging between £2 and £4 per dish) with generous portions. If you’re feeling daring, try the duck’s feet dumplings, presented exactly as they sound – however it might be best to steer clear if your date is particularly squeamish!