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Top spots for tapas are not hard to find in the city; Sarah Probert reveals the best places in Birmingham to enjoy the wonderful shared eating experience.

Byline: Sarah Probert

THE most fun way of eating has to be the tapas way. Tapas Revolution founder and chef Omar Allibhoy, who recently opened a branch at Grand Central, explains: "Tapas is more than food, it's part of everyday culture - and food and life are always best shared!" And the thing we most love about tapas is there is never any danger of food envy - because you can just help yourself to everyone's plates!

Here's our guide to the top spots for great tapas in the city...

Amantia restaurant, Bennett's Hill This Mediterranean and Spanish family-run restaurant offers a wide selection of hearty tapas.

The meatballs are from a family recipe passed down through the generations and the Galician-style Octopus served on a bed of potatoes is divine. But we'll be going back for the blue cheese and spinach croquettes alone. Simply joyous!

El Borracho de Oro, Edgbaston The owners of popular Sutton Coldfield restaurant Don Diego opened this high end Spanish tapas restaurant in Harborne Road earlier this year.

Choose from dishes including piquillo peppers stuffed with Spanish black pudding, hake with creamy Albarino sauce and slow cooked rabbit on the bone in a delicious thyme sauce.

Byzantium, Kings Heath This independent, family-run restaurant serves up a wide variety of Mediterranean-inspired tapas such as pork belly with balsamic glaze as well as mushrooms stuffed with tomatoes, roasted red peppers and cheese.

It's testament to Byzantium's popularity that owners Efua and Antonello Turco recently decided to expand and open a function room above the restaurant's main dining area.

Perfect for tapas parties.

Tapas Revolution, Grand Central This trendy eatery at Grand Central is the first from the restaurant chain to open outside of London. The best seats are always at the tapas bar - which serves all the classics such as tortilla, croquetas de jamon, calamares or chorizo cooked in Asturian cider and, of course, paella! And the bar overlooks New Street so you can also keep an eye on your train times - although you may forget all about going anywhere if you decide to enjoy their "gin tonics".

COMIDA Tapas House, Harborne COMiDA was recommended to us by Michelin-starred Simpsons head chef Nathan Eades, so obviously this place was always going straight into our top tapas round up for Birmingham.

The restaurant offers exceptionally good quality food such as fennel, goats' cheese, pear and hazelnuts and belly pork, pearl barley, apple and Iberico morcilla.

Served in laid-back surroundings and an informal atmosphere.

Bring your own booze and enjoy the experience!

San Carlo Fumo, Waterloo Street Fumo serves cicchetti - Venetian tapas - and is oh so glorious for fun times! The food is exquisitely presented but be careful though - don't order too much as Fumo will cost you a pretty penny. But it's not that you won't enjoy every single mouthful.





Tapas Revolution

El Borracho

Tapas Revolution founder and chef Omar Allibhoy

Sumptuous-looking pork belly tapas at Byzantium

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Date:Dec 24, 2015
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