In case you hadn’t noticed, it is now 2016! Happy New Year to you all, I hope you are all as miserably back into the monotony of life as I am, and that your new years resolutions are things like ‘drink better wine’ or ‘get into smelly cheese’, as they are the best kind. 2015 was a great year for the Birmingham food scene, and it was really fun to watch it all unfold – so, since it was such an exciting year, I thought I’d do a run down of the best food and drink I came across during my foodie adventures during 2015.
The Best Starter: Vegetarian Sharing Platter at Umami, Harbourne
This had to be the stand out starter for us this year, as we really were blown away. It was such a vibrant and exciting plate to look at, and it tasted just as good! The vegetable samosas, potato patties and chilli paneer were all cooked beautifully and were served with chickpeas, chutney and pomegranate seeds, making every mouthful really enjoyable.
The Best Vegetarian Dish: Battered Haloumi and Chips at 1847
This dish was a veggie version of the classic fish and chips, and I would choose this option any day! The Haloumi was gorgeous and went perfectly with the pea emulsion. If you want to get your salty-battery-cheesy fix the sophisticated way you need to try this dish!
The Best Fishy-on-a-Dishy: Marinated King Prawns at Praza, Edgbaston
Hands down the best king prawns I have ever tasted. The marinade was sticky and rich and the prawns were cooked perfectly. There was a generous helping of prawns too, which was very, very welcome! Though not the cheapest option, for a dish that will blow you a way you have to try these!
The Best Dessert: Sharing Sundae at Nosh and Quaff
Okay here me out, I know you’d sooner expect to see their Lobster on the best fish dish instead of their ice-cream dessert as the best pudding I’ve had all year – but honestly it was such a perfect end to the meal. I’ve struggled to find any desserts this year that are really something exciting, and since that hasn’t happened, what better than to find a perfect take on an old classic. With frozen berries, chocolate shavings and sauce to serve with perhaps some of the best gellato I’ve ever had, you really can’t go far wrong.
The Best Cocktail: Apricot Smash at Buffalo and Rye
As the new kids on the block, Buffalo and Rye are definitely worth checking out. The Apricot Smash is made with Jam, honey Jim Bean and lemon, giving it all the balances of taste you’re looking for in a cocktail. It’s great to have a place that specialises in whisky based cocktails, so if you’re popping in make sure you try this drink!