On the hunt for places to eat? Dying to grab a few cocktails? Luckily for you, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to Brum's restaurant and bar scene. From Bob Marley-themed burgers to South African desserts and Caribbean interiors, these are the black-owned businesses in Birmingham to support.
Serving up authentic Jamaican food in Solihull, Jamaya promises nothing but delicious comfort cuisine. After exploring Jam Rock, owner Byron Carnegie wanted the venue to exude carnival and Caribbean vibes through vibrant colours, music and of course – tasty grub. Whether you fancy the Bob Marley burger with jerk chicken or BBQ fried plantain, each dish is crafted to perfection, alongside a slew of frozen cocktails.
Situated on Grosvenor Street, Mellow is one of the best black-owned businesses in Birmingham. The name originates from owner Derek Rawlins (aka chef Mellow Beezy), who was given the nickname because of his calm, cool and collected demeanour. But the food? With goat curry, jerk salmon and sweet chilli prawns up for grabs, the restaurant's food is bursting with flavour. We also recommend trying their traditional Jamaican fruit cake if you have room for dessert.
Owned by Elouise Lashley and Adian Montaque, this black-owned restaurant in Birmingham is an excellent shout for foodies. While taking inspo from India and South East Asia, Adian’s Dining keeps Caribbean cooking at the core of its food. Expect red coconut lobster, sweet potato croquettes and smoked BBQ wings, alongside fruity drinks. Oh and the interiors? Drop-dead gorgeous with tropical printed walls and hanging plants throughout.
Fab for birthdays and weddings, Bantu is bringing its A-game when it comes to African restaurants in Birmingham. Located on Fleet Street and owned by Dexter Lasswell, the venue evokes a stylish yet casual atmosphere while the food is quite tasty. We’re talking everything from chicken feet and Moroccan lamb chops to wings and fish platters. Treat yourself to a South African milk tart for something sweet after.
24 Carat Bistro
Run by mixed couple Janice and Michael Salmon, 24 Carat Bistro is ideal for family dinners and casual meals out. Situated in the Jewellery Quarter, the venue is whipping up spiced chicken skewers and loaded jerk fries, alongside mains such as salt fish fritters. And if you want a little taste of everything, then check out their mixed platter stuffed with Cajun prawns and the like.
The Kulture Bar & Drill
With Hilaire Njapou leading the charge on this West African restaurant, The Kulture Bar & Drill slings out top-tier food. We recommend trying the Nyama Choma – chargrilled lamb seasoned with spices and topped with onions and tomatoes. Plus, when the night rolls around, the venue features chart-topping tunes and ambient lighting.
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