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Published September 1st 2014
Right balance between healthy food and sustainability
It's official, The Warehouse Cafe is in the list of best restaurants of Birmingham. Not just in my humble opinion, but in the words of several food publications and city guides of "best things to do" that highly recommend this place. I'm pretty suspicious because I'm always finding an excuse to eat at The Warehouse Café, anyway.
Since I have visited the place for the first time early this year in a food event, I carried on taking friends and family there.
As part of my new health eating way of life where I'm eating more vegetables (by choice and pure enjoyment) and less meat, the chance of trying the whole menu from this place just increased. I have talked about the popularity of this restaurant before. And if you are thinking about visiting, won't have disappointment.
When I tracked down to Digbeth with my friend once, it occurred to me to book a table in advance. I heard it was a popular restaurant (before, during and after) the lunch time and it was right. Luckily, that day we had a table straight away.
But this last time, when I took my husband there, on a Saturday afternoon, we had to wait for a while. Maybe about 5 minutes, to be honest. And if you forget to book the table, don't worry, there is always a friendly staff to make you feel welcomed while you wait for it.
The menu at Warehouse Café has exactly what I am expecting for a vegetarian restaurant; creative meals. Straight to the point and the food is always updated. Every time I visit, there is something deliciously new at the menu.
. So why not present a list of top 5 great meals ever tried in several visits to this place? Well, 4 out of 5, actually!
Starters? Falafel, it is! I like falafel. However, they are quite tricky to be prepared. Fried or in a wrap, The Warehouse Cafe gets the best of both sides. 1-Chickpea Falafel is very close to what I would consider a perfect starter.
The secret is the amusing combination of beetroot tzatziki and carrot hummus.
Talking about hummus, 2 - a trio of hummus that is certainly another light option that can open your appetite quite easily.
I usually stick with salads. The Warehouse knows its salads. Once tried the really tasty 3- Bulgar salad, I think chickpea is a hit in my cooking now! This delicious dish (in a very fair portion) got me. It reminds me of quinoa salad but the combination of flavours of roast veggies and a nice touch with nachos really is something.
My last pick this time was the quite popular 4- Piri-Piri burger, something that I was always curious about but not brave enough to face it. Seriously, it's huge! And I actually was defeated by it. I blame the gorgeous potato wedges and onion rings that are served together. A healthy guilty pleasure, indeed!
The dessert of heaven is still a mystery for me. I never had the chance to try the famous 5- Vegan chocolate brownie with ice cream, said as the most sensational pudding from Digbeth area. But don't worry, it's the number 5 to complete my list and I will fix it soon!
No pudding but always a nice drink
Because it's also a bring your own alcohol kind of restaurant I guess it's more than welcomed to have a drink together with your meal, but to be honest, I always go for one of their botanically brewed drinks and never regret it.
What makes The Warehouse Cafe one of the best restaurants in town is much more than a simple commitment with healthy food and sustainability. There is a sense of responsibility in what is being offered there. From service to food.
This establishment has been collecting some awards for quite a while now and the title of "greenest restaurant in Midlands" really suits them.