The food guru looks at new and exciting cocktail venues in Brum
For Gin Lovers – www.40stpauls.co.uk
If you like gin, then 40 St Paul’s should be on your list to visit. Cocktail maestro Amanjot Singh Johal has opened his new cocktail bar in the Jewellery Quarter.
Amanjot is the former bar manager of Great Hampton Street’s late-night venue The Church Inn. He has now joined forces with Rob Wood (formerly of The Edgbaston) to launch his own business.
The duo aim to create one of the city’s smallest and most exclusive bars, with just 24 seats in a former corner shop in Cox Street, overlooking St Paul’s Square. There are 58 types in stock at the moment, although there are plans to expand that to 120. The most expensive label behind the bar is the Anty Gin, made from red ants – yes, really! Apparently they add a citrus taste. A double gin and tonic costs £20.
Cocktails with Indico – indicostreetfood.co.uk
Streetfood was all the rage in Birmingham in 2015 and its looks like it’s not going to stop anytime soon; so it was no surprise to see that a new Indian street food restaurant will be opening up very soon.
Indico will be opening at the Parkgate shopping complex in Shirley. Owner Farheem Madhur has been exploring the best street food from all over India, provided by the best and most well known street vendors to put on the Indico menu.
The Indian inspired cocktail menu looks pretty innovative too. With exciting creations such as Masala Martini – an Indian twist to James Bond’s favourite tipple; Sharabi Nariayal – a coconut filled with vodka then mixed with a dash of lemon juice for a tangy flavour; and one that really intrigues me, the Tom Yum Mohito. A mojito teamed with Thai Tom Yum mix, which is first frozen then mixed with Demerara before being added to the Mojito?! I love Tom Yam soup and Mojito, so I can’t wait to see if this sour cocktail infused with spices and ginger will work.
Big Move For Adam’s Restaurant – http://www.adamsrestaurant.co.uk
Birmingham’s Michelin-starred Adam’s Restaurant will be moving to stylish new premises on Waterloo Street from January 26th.
The restaurant – which has operated as a ‘pop-up’ for two-and-a-half years in Bennett’s Hill in the city centre – is moving just round the corner overlooking Victoria Square. During their time in Birmingham, chef-patron Adam Stokes and his team have won a string of accolades. Honours have included a Michelin star, three AA Rosettes and a placing in the list of the UK’s top 30 restaurants.
The new Adam’s will be a 35-seater – but will also boast a 16-seater private dining room and a chef’s table will be added in the kitchen soon after.
Adam said: “There will be a change to the menu formats, too. We will offer a great value lunch menu and a tasting menu, with the addition of an a la carte option.
“There will also be a bespoke tasting menu for the chefs table.”