Turners, Harborne

There’s no shortage of foodie haunts in Harborne.

From relative newbies like Plough to culinary stalwart Henry Wong, Harborne has the lot. And at the top of foodie tree tucked away in the High Street is the pocket-sized Michelin-starred Turners. With Michelin’s favourable announcement still ringing in our ears we thought we’d check it out. There’s only eight tables, so Turner’s really is small – but perfectly formed! It’s cleverly decked out with dark walls and well-placed mirrors and feels relaxed. We settled into a corner table to check out the lunch menu which sounded seriously mouth-watering. The clientele was an eclectic mix and included a well-known thespian learning his lines while quaffing red wine and cooing over the food.

THE MAIN EVENT

As expected the food was the main event and an amuse bouche of Jerusalem artichoke veloute with crispy little shavings was a lip-smacking start to the meal. Juicy rare pigeon was up next served with pearl barley, salsify and wild mushrooms which tasted aptly autumnal and had an incredible sauce. Roast pave of hake with leek fondue, mussels and cider veloute wowed as did the blade of beef cooked for 48 hours which was super tender and seriously tasty. A pre-dessert of apple porridge with tarragon granite didn’t hit the spot for me but my friend loved it. What followed was a terrific dessert. It was a rich, bitter grown-up chocolate tart served with Sierra Nevada ice cream which is a type of stout from the across the pond. That might not sound at all appealing, but my God it’s good. I think chefs striving for a star sometimes head off into their own espuma-filled bubble and forget the customer, but not so at Turners. The food is out of this world without being pretentious, the service is unfussy and it feels like a proper local restaurant.

TURNERS, 69 High St, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9NS. Tel: 0121 426 4440 www.turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk