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Published August 3rd 2014
Without necessary being in a vegetarian restaurant
I thought that my "indefinite period" as a non-meat eater would bring me some annoying challenges such as finding "the suitable for vegetarian" places to eat, for example. Even if I don`t usually make a big fuzz of it, it would be nice as well to demystify the idea that we have to accept veggie meals as a bland or plain food.
With a range of local food farmers around Midlands, most of the food establishments here can have quality and fresh ingredients at their door steps.
So why not giving a bit of twist to the salad? We don't want meat sometimes - but we definitely go gourmet!
In my hunting for the best veggie meals, I have found plenty of great places to eat a more than just a decent salad in Birmingham.
These meals are available in restaurants that are not necessarily vegetarian ones. And yes, it's a way to proof that these places can also cater for vegetarian and vegans (like a boss!) offering tasty and well-presented food.
To start with, if you think about a full vegetarian experience, I would recommend heading down to Digbeth.
The Warehouse Café: Healthy food is a big deal for them or like they advertise themselves: "the greenest restaurant in the Midlands".
To try: chickpea Falafels with beetroot tzatziki as starter
It's a very cozy two-storey restaurant, which is very close to the city centre.
Main: Bulgar salad
I like the variety and diversity of Warehouse's café menu and if you're interesting in learning more about tea and other organic and fair-trade products, it's the place to go.
Le Truc: French, eclectic, trendy and with some great menu items for those who are not just interested in meat at all.
And because Le Truc always has two courses for a special price kind of deal, it's almost impossible to resist their cuisine. It's all about quality food, nice service and some great drinks to enjoy anytime as well.
Starter: Chicory, pear & candied walnut salad
Main: Crispy polenta, smoked aubergine, tomatoes and broccolis
Pure Bar & Kitchen: Yes, you probably have a big flashing question mark in your head now. It's understandable!
I know Pure Bar & Kitchen is a bar with some of most delicious non-vegetarian at all snacks but it's also serves a delicious baked courgette & roasted red pepper omelette. And what about a brewers grain risotto? How got it, approved it!
Brewers Grain Risotto
Turtle Bay: This Caribbean eatery has a very hot menu but you can find always space for some tropical salads and this Goat cheese, aubergine & butternut salad with Trini chickpeas.
Goat cheese, aubergine & butternut salad with Trini chickpeas
Bistro 1847: As a legitimate vegetarian one, this beautiful bistro is placed in the most charming Arcade of Birmingham: the Great Western. And it's a place I recommended to visit for a proper full course lunch or dinner experience.
Unfortunately, I was there just to treat myself with a nice snack, but I can't wait to pay another visit soon to this modern vegetarian one. And yes, I am quite intrigued by the Gary Lineker's style tempura.