What sparks joy?

I read a review on TripAdvisor today and whilst the feedback was entirely honest in regards to the negatives, it also highlighted the things that were just excellent too but yet this was not the thing that stuck in my memory. Instead I will no doubt forget the pointers on dishes I want to try and be left recalling an anecdote about bad service. This got me thinking about why sometimes, it’s easy to focus on all that is challenging or controversial and not the simple things that make you happy.

I wrote a post not too long ago about the things in the food world that were grating on me at the time but I think it’s about time I did the opposite, so instead, here are some of my moments of joy, the standout dishes, the experiences I will never forget and will treasure forever.

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The Oyster Club

I’ve been a bit quiet of late, it feels like ages since I’ve been out in Birmingham but in reality I suppose I’ve just been visiting my favourite places instead of going somewhere new. And that’s what this is about, you don’t need to hear my opinions on the best burger in town each week, if it changes then maybe its worth comment but for the most part, I write things down so I remember them and that’s always been the number one priority. This was one I knew I’d want to reflect on again.

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Three Church Road

Being brave, dinner date with a stranger in a restaurant that forms part of a rather fancy ‘retirement’ campus.

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Quick Post- Asia Asia Foodhall

Jordan writes his first ever review for our Blog and I miss out on what sounds like a very good dinner!

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Opulence & Occasion at Opheem

There was a lot of buzz about the opening of Opheem so we waited a little before we went to try it out, wanting to get past any early snagging points or busy dining rooms so last month we booked a midweek table for a birthday meal. Having read a tonne of reviews by this point I was itching to go and its fair to say we were not disappointed.

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Topokki- Birmingham

My first visit to a Korean restaurant.

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Baked in Brick gets a permanent home

Confession- despite lurking at Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) on a fairly regular basis, I’ve just never managed to make my way to the Baked in Brick stand so I feel a little guilty that my first visit is when they take up residence in their new home.

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Tiffin- Harborne June 2018

A quick review of a new but old favourite

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Bonehead- Birmingham

Recently we have had a lot of ‘big meals’ , the elaborate tasting menus and drinks pairings that are incredible, but take a long time to write up!

So in the meantime, here is a quick run down of my visit to Bonehead last week.

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The Vanguard- Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Quirky, Independent and well crafted. Everything a true Birmingham bar needs to be

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