10 Affordable and Aesthetic Eateries in Birmingham

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Despite their reputation, city breaks do not have to be extortionately expensive. There are tons of budget-friendly activities and venues that will assist in making your weekend away one to remember, without breaking the bank. One of the UK’s most vibrant and dynamic, but often overlooked, cities is Birmingham. In addition to the Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, there are a number of reasonably priced and much loved eateries …

1. Indian Brewery Snowhill, Indian

Indian Brewery has a rustic yet modern interior and is located in the centre of Birmingham. This restaurant caters to a variety of eating requirements by offering vegan and vegetarian options, all of which are sure to hit the spot. Indian Brewery serves a range of authentic Indian food and are well-known for their Faat Naans and their fish and masala chips. All of the dishes on the menu are very reasonably priced, typically ranging from £3 to £8, they also do two-for-one cocktails everyday!


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2. Yakinori, Japanese

This family-run restaurant brand serves its customers a range of delectable and traditional Japanese dishes, from gyozas and bao buns to chicken wings and sushi – it’s certain to have something for everyone. Their large menu also offers a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian options and all of their options cost below £11.  Additionally, this restaurant is very aesthetically pleasing and packs a fun and colourful interior, they also offer a sushi masterclass! 

3. La Vera, Italian

Looking for a crowd-pleasing restaurant that won’t break the bank? Well, look no further! La Vera is an Italian restaurant that serves a range of options, making it very versatile. This restaurant offers a selection of over 20 different pizzas all ranging between £6.50 and £9, in addition to a variety of other main courses like lamb kofta, seabass, salmon, and chicken wings! Between their large menu and low prices, this restaurant is a no-brainer. 

4. Gas Street Social, European

From pancakes and waffles to fish and chips and burgers, Gas Street Social offers an extensive and incredibly diverse menu allowing its customers to have the pick of the bunch. The food at Gas Street Social is very well reviewed and typically ranges from £10 to £15 depending on what takes your fancy. Additionally, Gas Street Social hosts wing Wednesdays in which chicken wings are bottomless, and provides a lengthy and impressive cocktail menu making this venue a great choice for those looking to get a little bit boozy while overlooking scenic views of the canal. 

5. The Lost & Found, Mix of Cuisines

While this restaurant is well-known for its eclectic menu and fancy feel, Lost & Found offers a set menu from midday until 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Customers are able to choose from a two-course meal for £16.95 or a three-course meal for £20.95, both of which feature plant-based options. The Lost & Found is a great option for those who are looking for an affordable meal with a luxury feel. 

6. Tiger Bites Pig, East Asian

Tiger Bites Pig is a restaurant inspired by East Asian street food which offers its customers a diverse menu, catering to a range of dietary requirements. Menu highlights include the salt and pepper tofu, braised beef shin, and white cut chicken. This restaurant is located in Birmingham City Centre and meals typically cost below £11. Additionally, Tiger Bites Pig received a Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award in 2022!


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7. Habaneros, Mexican

Habaneros is a Mexican restaurant that is situated in the heart of Birmingham and offers its customers a selection of tasty tacos, burritos, and rice bowls. This nutritious and delicious eatery is very reasonably priced – most of its dishes cost less than £10. Habaneros offers a ‘build your own’ feature that allows customers to select all of the ingredients that go into their burritos or bowls, making it a safe option for even the pickiest of eaters.


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8. Wok Chi, Asian

Wok Chi is a family-run Asian restaurant and oriental kitchen that serves noodle soup, fried rice dishes, stir fry, curries, and salads. Wok Chi has an open kitchen and all of the food served is authentic and packed with flavour, making it a well-loved venue in Birmingham. All of the menu items cost below £10 which makes Wok Chi an excellent location for those looking for a delicious meal that won’t break the bank. 


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9. The Meat Shack, American

The Meat Shack is an American restaurant specialising in mouthwatering burgers and dirty fries. Choose between nine self-proclaimed filthy beef, chicken, or plant-based burgers and a selection of dirty fries, sure to make for an unforgettable meal. All of the burgers are under £10, and the dirty fries cost between £4 and £6. Additionally, The Meat Shack menu features ice cream, halloumi fries, and buttermilk chicken! 


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10. @pizza, Italian 

@pizza is an Italian Pizzeria located in Birmingham’s Grand Central shopping centre and is currently ranked the best restaurant and pizzeria in the city on Tripadvisor. This venue offers customers a selection of 11 pizzas to choose from and the option to build their own, in addition to a variety of tasty starters and beverages. All of the mains range from £6 to £11, making @pizza a great choice for a speedy and delicious night out.


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