Chefs with appetite for life's simple pleasures; They wow the legions of food lovers who go on the hunt for culinary perfection - but where do Birmingham's top chefs go for their tucker? Sanjeeta Bains finds out what they enjoy.
ADAM STOKES, OF ADAMS CHEF Adam Stokes runs Adams, voted as UK's best restaurant and the world's fourth best restaurant by Tripadvisor.
"I've popped into Pure Bar and Kitchen for business meetings to have a pork pie or sausage roll and I've spent a couple of hours there enjoying a leisurely Sunday lunch.
''For me this place really hits the nail on the head. What excites me is the focus on quality - from the real ales and light bites to a hearty dinner. I love the accuracy of the cooking and that all the ingredients are seasoned carefully and cooked correctly.
''When I'm eating out, I'm not looking to go on a culinary journey, I'm looking for good quality pub comfort food and this is what this place delivers. Some of the menu highlights for me are the duck egg and black pudding, saute forest mushrooms on toasted sourdough and beer battered fish and chips.
''Nosh & Quaff is a great addition to this area of town and serve fresh, tasty food. I think between my wife Natasha and I we've tried the whole menu! Jenson, my two-year-old, recently smashed a half portion of beef ribs there. Their ethos is let's get messy and Jenson certainly did. For me, the large juicy pork ribs are a highlight flavourwise and they're good value for money too.
''You have to be brave to tackle Nosh & Quaff burgers or hot dogs but it's worth it - they're as good as it gets. There's an underlying quality of ingredients here. I know it is a cliche, but I really can taste the difference.'' BRAD CARTER, CARTERS OF MOSELEY FORMER culinary arts student at University College Birmingham, Brad Carter was this year awarded a Michelin star - Birmingham's fifth - at his restaurant Carters Of Moseley.
''I love all the Michelin starred restaurants, each one has got its own style and it's nice that we're all very supportive of each other. I think most of them would agree that the perfect place for a Michelin starred chef to relax is Pure Bar and Kitchen, without a doubt.
''On the menu I love the black pudding - it's fantastic. I also love their bavette steak.
''It does amazing Purity beers, which we've been serving at Carters since we opened the restaurant. They also do American beers. I like that they take their beers seriously. Pure Bar holds beer tastings where it matches food with the beer which is brilliant but it's on a Sunday when I'm working.
''I love the new burger at Nosh And Quaff - beef and slow braised cheek topped with onion rings. For me it is the best burger in town at the moment, no question.
NATHAN EADES, SIMPSONS RESTAURANT IN September Nathan Eades was appointed as the new head chef at Michelin-starred Simpsons Restaurant. The talented young chef lives in Edgbaston with his wife Charlie.
''My wife Charlie is a vegetarian so that limits where we can go, but we both love COMiDA in Edgbaston - it does amazing tapas plates.
''My favourite thing on the menu is the roasted beets - incredible. I also love the pork belly.
''It's quite informal, you bring your own booze and it's just stumbling distance from our house, so it's a home from home.
''I also love the Pickled Piglet on Gas Street which does a no fuss lunch menu.
"I really admire how the restaurant owners run the place. It's a little hidden away gem of a place.
"The menu is all about paired down basics and really lovely flavours. They do lovely small plates of food. Lunchtime is fantastic value - two small plates for PS15- 20.
"The menu is always changing but they used to do succulent pig served with cabbage and bacon.
"I've never had anything quite like it!
''I really enjoy the tapas style of eating - it's just really laid back. For the same reason I love going to Digbeth Dining Club, although I'm always working Friday nights!
"I enjoy American diner-style food too - if it's done well.
''Nosh & Quaff on Colmore Row really ticks all the boxes for me.
"My absolutely favourite is its chicken wings in smoked haberno sauce.
Pure Bar's pork pie, as enjoyed by Adam Stokes, of Adams, left
COMIDA's vegetarian tapas and, right, Spotlight, home of the Digbeth Dining Club, both of which are appreciated by Nathan Eades, of Simpsons restaurant, above
Nosh & Quaff's sublime burger is a favourite of Brad Carter, of Carters of Moseley, above
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Dec 17, 2015|
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