Blog: Fatema's four favourite places to eat in Birmingham

Written by Student Content Shaper Fatema Rajabali

Congratulations on securing your place at UoB!

Once you’ve settled into your new surroundings, you might be wondering how to make the most of your free time...

Luckily for you, Birmingham is brimming with foodie hotspots for you to explore. In this blog, I’ll be sharing my four favourite places to eat, so that you too can enjoy them!

Yakinori, Selly Oak

Situated close by on Bristol Road, Yakinori continually proves a strong contender. If you’re into Japanese food, this is the perfect option for you, plus you can learn how to use chopsticks!

Added bonus: halal meat and student discount available.

My recommendations:

  • California Sushi Roll: Perfect for those who want to try sushi for the first time.

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  • Karaage Chicken Donburi: My absolute favourite! Japanese Yukari rice served with crispy karaage chicken, a fried egg and Asian garnish, served with miso soup. Ask them to remove the miso soup if you’re unable to consume alcohol.

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  • Avocado Maki Sushi Roll: A good vegetarian option for those who can’t have meat.

Pizza Express, Bullring Shopping Centre

Another classic, Pizza Express is my go-to when craving something comforting. Plus, for 25% off the whole bill Sunday – Thursday (In-store only) via the UNiDAYS student discount app, you can’t go wrong!

My recommendations:

  • Cannelloni Pasta: Spinach and Ricotta filled pasta with bèchamel, passata, mozzarella and garlic. Vegetarian.

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T4, New Street Birmingham

After having vetted several bubble tea places in Birmingham, I’ve found T4 to be one of the best! Plus, it's right outside Birmingham New Street train station, making it super convenient to grab and go.

My recommendations:

  • Taro Milk Tea with Tapioca: Sweet and milky. You can add extra toppings.
  • Grapes Aloe: Ideal for a hot summers’ day. 


Damascena, Moseley

Situated in Moseley Village, Damascena is an ideal cosy spot for lunch, with plenty of ambience, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options for everyone: you’re sure to find something that you like. I can’t recommend it enough! They also have other locations in Birmingham including Edgbaston and the city centre.

 My recommendations:

  • Egg on Avocado Toast: Creamy avocado with toast, fried egg, chilli flakes and sumac. My favourite breakfast option!
  • Lahm Bi’ajeen Flatbread: Oven-baked flatbread with spiced lamb mince, parsley, and pomegranate dressing. Served with olives and salad.
  • Batata Hara: Crispy potato cubes with paprika.


So, which of these places will you be trying first?

Fatema is a Sociology undergraduate and a Student Content Shaper. To learn more about our Student Content Shapers, and how you could become one, visit our Student Shapers page on the student intranet.


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