Sunday, 31 July 2016

Turners, Birmingham #MichelinStar

Generally, when I write blog posts, the hope is that people will see the pictures of the food and want to go and eat it for themselves. Sadly, this will not be the case for this post… but do read on, for there is good news too!

Despite successfully retaining a Michelin star since 2009, Chef Patron Richard Turner, is taking a bold move by dispensing with tasting menus and some of the formality that people assume goes hand in hand with this ‘type of food’, to re-launch as “Turners at 69”, with plans to be more “relaxed” and “accessible”.

Follow their new Twitter account for further details of ‪@turnersat69 - in the meantime, enjoy these pictures of one of the last ever “Simply Turners” tasting menus:


Sea trout – lime, buttermilk & seaweed


Gougére – 36 month aged Gruyere


Ox cheek dumpling


Smoked ham croquette


Smoked eel – potato, horseradish, & caviar


Chicken liver – chicken skin & truffle butter



Scallop – heritage carrots, orange & pine


Salt marsh spring lamb – alliums, curd & madeira


Sea buckthorn – chocolate & meringue



Raspberry – yoghurt, raspberry, rose & granola






Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tapeo & Wine, Manchester


Joining Lunya, La Bandera, El Gato Negro, Ibérica, Bar San Juan, El Rincon de Rafa, Evuna, (amongst others), Tapeo and Wine is one of the newest of Manchester’s many Spanish restaurants… each one has its charms but, based on my visit, Tapeo has earned its place amongst my faves.

Highlights included the Conejo with its spicy hot oil and the Berenjenas which are always a favourite when visiting my parents in Andalucia. The only real weak dish was the Merluza which as I found the sauce a little insipid.


Almendras Fritas – Marcona Almonds sautéed with EVOO & Sea Salt


Aceitunas – Campo real Olives


Pan con Tomate – Toasted Bread with rubbed Tomato, Garlic and EVOO


Ensalada de Tomate y Cebolla – Beef Tomato & White Sweet Onion Salad


Berenjena Frita – Aubergine Crisps with Glaze of PX and Honey


Cogollos con Ventresca – Baby Gem Lettuce Salad with Bonito Tuna Belly


Merluza en Salsa Verde – Hake in a Rich Garlic and Parsley Sauce


Conejo al Ajillo – Fried Rabbit with Garlic & Spring Onions


Churros con Chocolate – Churros with Spanish Thick Chocolate


Torrija al Vino – Torrija in a Sweet Rose Wine reduction





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