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where to have a nice girly lunch in central Birmingham?

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carocaro Tue 13-Nov-12 22:55:43

Any ideas, not mega ££££ but decent enough!

fivefoottwowitheyesofblue Tue 13-Nov-12 23:02:10

Jamie Olivers?

HanSolo Tue 13-Nov-12 23:05:52

What does a girly lunch consist of please?

mummatotwo Thu 15-Nov-12 14:01:20

penny blacks

worldgonecrazy Thu 15-Nov-12 14:06:53

How much per head do you want to spend? The chains, such as Strada, Cafe Rouge, etc. have good set menus, but service and atmosphere can be a bit hit and miss.

San Carlo is good - as long as you don't go too mad and avoid the fish specials then it also works out reasonable.

Hotel du Vin occasionally have lunch deals on - worth checking.

If you want to push the boat out then Simpsons is one of the best restaurants in Birmingham and has a set lunch menu, including half a bottle of wine for £43 including the 12% service charge.

stealthsquiggle Thu 15-Nov-12 14:09:49

Simpsons is lovely.

Glynn Purcell has just opened a bistro which looks quite fun as well.

carocaro Thu 15-Nov-12 21:09:26

Thanks ladies, great suggestions, will look into them all.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 15-Nov-12 21:14:04

I like Carluccio's in Brindley Place. Simpsons isn't in the centre of town but is probably the most revered in the city. Cielo is in Brindley Place and is an upmarket Italian which does a decent set menu for about 17 pounds iirc. Thai Edge is also in Brindley Place and does a v reasonable set lunch, but it can be a bit conveyor-beltish as they don't seem to like you hanging around.

Bluestocking Thu 15-Nov-12 21:14:05

Purnell's is nice. And then you can nip to Urban Coffee for the best espresso in town.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 15-Nov-12 21:14:58

I like Cafe Blend, near the Mailbox, better than Urban Coffee.

Bluestocking Thu 15-Nov-12 21:18:41

Haven't been to Cafe Blend - will give it a go next time I'm in Brum!

BillyBollyBandy Thu 15-Nov-12 21:20:48


Or you can go here and tell me what it is like smile

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 15-Nov-12 21:22:06

Keep meaning to try Bodega and haven't got there yet.

RightsaidFreud Thu 15-Nov-12 21:23:14

Purnells bistro and gingers bar.

stealthsquiggle Thu 15-Nov-12 21:25:34

Bluestocking have you been to the Purnells bistro? We like the restaurant but haven't tried the bistro yet.

Bluestocking Thu 15-Nov-12 21:30:50

Hi squiggle, I've only been to the restaurant as well.

senua Thu 15-Nov-12 21:31:57

Would Druckers do, or not posh enough? The savoury menu isn't that amazing but you don't go for the savoury ...grin

<starts dribbling at the thought of cake>

Londonista1975 Thu 15-Nov-12 21:33:55

Cafe Ikon in Brindley Place.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Thu 15-Nov-12 21:36:56

Druckers has gone downhill a lot, I think. It's v untidy and the staff can be quite surly. Cakes not as good or fresh as they were 6 or 7 years ago too. I stopped going after it was appallingly messy once with v bad service. We complained to head office, who didn't seem to give a stuff tbh. It's also not really the place for a long lunch, even at its best, I don't think.

What's Bank like nowadays? Is it still there?

senua Thu 15-Nov-12 22:18:04

That's a shame.sad Haven't been to the Birmingham one in a while, didn't realise that it hd gone downhill. I used to love the one in Great Western Arcade - very poky, but that was part of its charm.
Why do they always ruin the good things.[double sad]

IceNoSlice Thu 15-Nov-12 22:30:46

Depends where you are/need to be.

Brindley place:
Bank is ok but the lunchtime set menu is a bit uninspired - better for summer cocktails. Cage ikon - didn't really enjoy it TBH. Piccolonos is lovely (just off Brindley place and would be my recommendation. Or Woktastic - a sushi place just under the old library near centenary square- fab is you like sushi (all you can eat for £10 is great), they also do noodles.

In town - probably hotel du vin, metro bar and grill or purnells (wee bit pricier though).

There is a nice (little bit hippy) vegetarian restaurant in digbeth called the Warehouse Cafe but it's a bit out of the way. And Buonissimo in Harborne is great (never been for lunch though).

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 16-Nov-12 17:54:29

The best place if you want veggie is Jyoti, but it's in Hall Green. Vegetarian Gujarati and lots of fantastic street food type starters - Ooh I love it!

Also if you like curry there's Lassan, which was a Gordon Ramsey fave.

Heavywheezing Fri 16-Nov-12 18:01:19

Is the noodle bar still open in selfridges on the ground floor?

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 16-Nov-12 18:48:13

Yes - but it gets insane at weekends so would depend when op wants to go. They have an Indian bit now too, with dhosas (slurp).

DinosaursOnAnAdventCalender Fri 16-Nov-12 18:51:29

Remus - I was in Jyotis a couple if weeks ago but got overwhelmed and asked for chips blush which they don't sell. So gave up and left. What do you recommend?

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