Dining Out

Beef it up – for a true taste of Argentina without the air miles, Fiesta Del Asado is the place to go. Pictures by David Hamilton

Fiesta Del Asado, Birmingham

Rating **** Make no bones about it, Argentinian food is all about beef. So does Fiesta Del Asado raise the steaks, or leave us wanting? Our Em finds out.

Review: The Windsor Castle Inn, Lye

From print works to gastro pub, Mark Andrews finds The Windsor Castle’s pledge to serve up tasty grub with a Black Country twist is true to its word.

Review: The Royal Forester, Bewdley


So if you were asked to name the best restaurant in Britain, what would it be? The Ivy? Scott’s in Mayfair? The Foyer at Claridge’s? Or how about your local?

Simpsons, Birmingham


Rating ***** Christmas shopping done? Then it’s time to treat youself, writes Andy Richardson. And there’s nowhere better than Simpsons. It’s simply stunning.

Review: Blue Piano, Birmingham


Expect the unexpected when you visit Blue Piano, a restaurant serving authentic South East Asian food in colonial elegance writes Emily Bridgewater.

The Queens, Belbroughton

The Queens at Belbroughton

Rating: **** With top chef Andy Waters at the helm, this Belbroughton pub really is the Queen of the bite. Emily Bridgewater heads over for Sunday lunch

Review: King and Thai, Broseley

Starter for ten – the generous Thai platter for two featured prawn toast, satay chicken, vegetable spring rolls and pork meatballs Pictures by Andy Richardson

Rating: **** Award-winning Thai chef Suree Coates serves up authentic, locally-sourced food from her homeland to grateful diners.

Byzantium, Birmingham

Small, but perfectly formed – tapas including patas bravas, chorizo and chickpeas, tortilla and halloumi salad. Pictures by Steve Leath.

Rating: *** How does a girlie catch-up over tasty tapas and wine sound? Er, yes please, says our Emily Bridgewater, as she takes a trip to Byzantium.

Turners, Harborne

Inside Turners at Harborne

Rating ***** Richard Turner is the chef with fire in his belly and his passion shows in the exceptional food he serves at a great price, writes Andy Richardson.

Five Rivers À La Carte, Walsall

Yes, this is Walsall - Fire Rivers A La Carte is a contemporary, stylish restaurant near Walsall town centre

Rating: **** Walsall isn’t known as a fine dining hotspot, but that could all be about to change if a visit to Five Rivers is anything to go by, writes Elizabeth Joyc.

Wombourne Tandoori


The battle for the crown of best curry house in Wombourne is simply too close to call, writes Tim Spiers.

Review: Saffron, Oldbury

The crab and salmon cakes

Rating:*** Let me tell you a story about two entrepreneurial French brothers, writes Emily Bridgewater. Bear with me, it’s more exciting than it sounds.

Fumo, Birmingham

Modern – Fumo is a popular place to be seen

Rating: **** Fumo serves up miniature morsels of Italian fare in lively surroundings. But do good things come in small packages? I have a confession. Tapas, small plates, cicchetti, smorgasbords, mezze. . .

The Crown at Wergs, Wolverhampton

The steaks are high and so is the stack of onion rings – there was no chance our reviewer would miss out on ribeye steak

Rating: **** A buzzing atmosphere, great food and an extensive drinks list keeps mum and dad happy on a night away from the kids, writes Helen Brown.