Want to eat out somewhere special, but not sure where? Allow our pick of Birmingham’s best restaurants to help. The options are many: with five Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, plus six with a Michelin plate (recognition of very good food), expect to be wined and dined into a state of bliss. 

Whether you’re planning a family reunion or want to take date night up a notch, we’ve made a list of Brum’s finest restaurants to savour with your favourite people. Here’s our rundown of every Michelin-starred and Michelin-plated restaurant you need to know about in Birmingham.

In 2013, husband and wife team Adam and Natasha launched Adam’s in a former sandwich shop. Now established in New Oxford House on Waterloo Street, the duo have won a string of accolades, including a Michelin star, 3 AA Rosettes and a respectable 7 rating in the Good Food Guide. If you’re feeling adventurous – or simply want to taste as much as physically possible – opt for the 9-course tasting menu, served with a wine flight to match every dish.

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Looking for a spot of wild game, foraged herbs, and forgotten ingredients? You won’t do much better than Carters. The exciting, always-creative menus follow the ebb and flow of the seasons. With the likes of Orkney scallops, Cornish ray and sea buckthorn tart, Carters is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Unlike many Michelin-starred restaurants, the interiors are smart yet relaxed and prices are surprisingly affordable.

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Located in leafy Edgbaston, nature-inspired restaurant and guest house, Simpsons, is a bright, modern dining experience ideal for an anniversary or a birthday treat. Beautifully presented, seasonally-driven plates are the order of the day here. Every dish – whether that’s cod with pickled carrots and parsley oil or the pear and Yorkshire rhubarb crumble with ginger ice-cream – is crafted according to the time of year. The staff are as lovely as the food, and if you’ve little ‘uns in tow, they’ll be made to feel just as welcome.

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Many have tried to spice up Britain’s culinary staples, but few have achieved the task quite as skilfully as Glyn Purnell. If you know Purnell, or you’ve been to his bistro a few streets away, you’ll get just why he’s such a respected figure on Brum’s fine dining scene: bold, inventive dishes carried off with precision and technical wizardry. Whether that’s the Brixham cod masala off the a la carte or the Burnt English custard egg surprise from the Brummie tapas menu, Purnells never fails to surprise and delight.

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Aktar Islam’s boundary-pushing restaurant reinvents Indian cooking for the 21st centry. With its stunning blossom tree-filled interiors, show-stopping cocktails and creative flavours, dining here is a genuine treat for all the senses. From cucumber chaat, and cauliflower tart with black garlic, toasted yeast and chive flowers, to Herefordshire cherries with beetroot, sweet cicely and sweet cheese granita, this one of the finest spots to broaden your palate’s horizons.

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Rock fans, rejoice: you can get your mosh on AND chow down top nosh at Alex Claridge’s refreshingly rebellious creation, The Wilderness. Against a soundtrack of classic rock, expect modern British staples playfully paired with influences from across the globe. We particularly enjoyed the Quail Caesar and Scallop Satay. And that’s not to mention the skull petit fours. With space for just 20, the setting is intimate, the service informal and unfussy. Just how we like it.

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Cornwall Street’s Opus is in good company, seconds away from Michelin-starred Purnells. The striking interiors pair monochrome zig zigs with polished wooden floors and sleek black sofas for a fun and traditional spin on upmarket eating. Proudly supporting its favourite fishermen, farmers and wine makers through its unique Source Friday night dinners, you’ll experience a set menu to remember: five fresh courses with wine to match. Other menu options include the a la carte, tasting menu and kitchen table for 6-8 people.

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This might just be the best Indian in the city centre. Founded by Bollywood superstar Asha Bhosle, you’ll find it on the corner of Newhall Street and Edmund Street. Asha’s offers authentic and contemporary dishes of the most scrumptious kind: a fiery-hot chicken tikka from Rajasthan, a melt-in-the-mouth boneless lamb saag and a soul-lifting prawn curry, simmered in coconut milk, ginger and tomatoes. There may be 8 other Asha’s, including one in Solihull, but the Birmingham branch feels one of a kind.

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Open since November 2017 and based just off St Paul’s Square, Folium is a superb addition to the JQ. Run by Ben Tesh and Lucy Hanlon, expect innovative cooking with high-quality, in-season ingredients in a relaxed, informal space. The menu changes by the day, but you can expect to experience dishes like the salt marsh lamb asparagus and seaweed, along with turbot, dashi (Japanese stock) and hay butter. This is beautiful food that won’t leave you bloated. Which is always fine by us.

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The Oyster Club is the second venue from Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes, and damn do they do good seafood. The restaurant has been split into a 30-cover restaurant and a 24-seater bar area that thrills diners as they watch the freshly prepared plates being made before them. Patrons can expect a menu with fishy delights such as lobster fish pie, caviar and of course, the main event, The Oysters. The dressed oysters in particular are a real treat - the tempura being particularly moreish. To accompany your seafood supper, a divine wine list awaits. White’s from around the world, bubbles, roses or flavourful reds, you got it.

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Published -18th February 2020