Brummies are known to have a particular penchant for food, and good food at that. The home of the Balti Triangle, five Michelin star restaurants – the most outside London – and the Birmingham Wholesale Markets, this West Midlands city is passionate about premium quality, flavoursome and innovative cuisine. So it comes as no surprise that Spanish restaurants in Birmingham are some of the most loved in the city. Locals are buzzing about tapas, pintxos, paella, sangria, churros and everything in between. Some of the country’s best Spanish restaurants are in Birmingham, so you’re in for a real treat when paying these foodie havens a visit!
For those new to Spanish cuisine, it can be difficult to work out what it’s all about at the beginning. Dishes vary depending on which region they are from, so you’ll find Birmingham Spanish restaurants drawing inspiration from many Spanish regions, or specialising in one specific local cuisine. For example, many of the top Spanish restaurants in Birmingham focus on Basque, Galician and Valencian dishes, each with special attributes and signature specialties. Expect to stumble across croquettes with jamon (cured ham), queso (cheese) and bacalao (cod fish) filings, Spanish tortilla made from eggs, potato and in some places, onion which is a combination of an omelette and cake, and of prawns sauteed in garlic. One of the most famous Spanish dishes that is guaranteed to be found in the plethora of Spanish restaurants throughout Birmingham is of course, paella. A Venetian dish, based on rice, often made with seafood or meat, and traditionally charred on the bottom is arguably the most famous Spanish dish, and Birmingham restaurants sure know how to do a good one!
It’s safe to assume you’ve probably heard about ]tapas. Spanish restaurants in Birmingham restaurants are going crazy for this style of dining lately, with specialty spots popping up all over the city. Tapas are classed as small plates ranging from bowls of olives, to patatas bravas, to mejillones rellenos of stuffed and spicy mussels. Literally translating to cover or lid, there are varying opinions on how tapas came to be, with many arguing that it was invented to keep the flies out of their drinks, while others say it was a decree from King Alfonso X of Castile after he reaped the benefits post-illness. Whatever it’s origins, one thing is for sure, these small plates have taken the world, and notably, Birmingham Spanish restaurants by storm – and, when washed down with an ice cold beer or sangria, there’s not much better in our opinion!