When you’re in Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter, there’s really no excuse not to stop for a bite to eat in one of its many old-school and unpretentious restaurants. The smell that wafts through the streets is enough alone to stop us in our tracks and order the first thing on a menu that catches our eyes. Amongst the wealth of restaurants the Chinese Quarter boasts, Wing Wah is right up there with our favourites - and for a few very good reasons…
Established in 1997, Wing Wah is a long-standing member of Chinese food scene in Birmingham. Initially residing in Nechells, it moved to the Chinese Quarter in early 2019, bolstering the already thriving reputation of the district's food and drink offerings. It’s not hard to miss; a sequined sign flutters in the wind above an entrance with Wing Wah written and gleaming in a gold typeface. Below this, verandas of red and green mimic the graceful curved roofs of archetypal Chinese buildings. It all sounds gaudy written down, but there’s definitely an elegance to the exterior that positively draws the eye.
Inside, the extravagance continues. Patterned light boxes glow in different hues above pristine white table-clothed tables. Along the edges of the room, the walls are textured red with wooden dividers creating more intimate dining spaces for large groups. But the crème de la crème is its open kitchen that gives you front row seats to witnessing their chefs cook up a storm.
Once you’ve taken in the sight, it’s time to get down to business. Get a menu in your hand and you’ll know why we rate Wing Wah so highly. Boasting a wide range of Chinese and Pan-Asian food, it’s a bountiful mix of your old favourites (you know, crispy duck with pancakes, and sweet and sour chicken) as well as some more traditional delicacies that we’ve never come across before. If you’re going down the Pan-Asian route, we recommend persuading your fellow diners to share a mix of dishes with you so you can sample everything Wing Wah have to offer - but we don’t need to tell you what to do.
All of their ingredients are of the finest quality and are selected by their in-house team of chefs. They even import spices direct from China to keep everything as authentic as possible.