Living up to the Hype: Digbeth Dining Club

Finally, I managed to go to Digbeth Dining Club!! It’s been top of my list of places to go and I’ve always been embarrassed by the fact that despite being from Birmingham and living here I had never actually been here on a weekend, especially after all the fabulous reviews I have heard about it. Safe to say, it didn’t disappoint and definitely lived up to the hype.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, every Friday and Saturday night at Next door & Spotlight in Digbeth, different street food vendors from across the region gather to give you the chance to sample some of the best street food the city has to offer. Each night there are different vendors there so you can guarantee that no two nights are the same and that there is always the opportunity to try something you haven’t had before. Following them on Instagram/Facebook is probably the best way to check out which food traders will be there on each night.

There was plenty of mouth-watering food options when I went on Saturday night and I was torn between going for a Steak burger from The Flying Cows or some Mexican food from Habeneros, but considering I was going to a Mexican themed house party after I thought it was best I went for the burger – which was DELCIOUS. This was a proper burger, not a crappy sliver of meat that you can often get, but a big chunk of mince with onions, salad and bacon,you can tell that they take the time to source their ingredients in order to leave their customers satisfied. The downside: it was a bit messy to eat and anyone who knows me will know I’m not the most elegant of eaters at the best of times, but for something that tastes so good I don’t really care about making a mess of it as long as it ends up inside my stomach.

As it was a wet and damp evening (let’s be honest when isn’t it wet, damp and cold in Birmingham?) we went inside to eat our food. There are two venues to eat inside, Mama Roux’s and Spotlight, both part of the Rainbow venues. First we went to Mama Roux’s, which has a latin-American-esque style design, making you feel like you could be in Havana (but without the sun). With a live band playing and a very relaxed atmosphere, it made a great spot for us to chill out and enjoy our food. After, we headed next door to Spotlight for a few G&Ts. Spotlight has an industrial style décor which is all the rage at the moment, and rightly so. Again, it is a laidback atmosphere with a dj playing a mix of reggae, soul and house. Digbeth is such a hub of creativity, with a legendry nightlife and great places to eat (The Warehouse café springs to mind) and is definitely an area I need to explore a bit more and not just when its the St Patrick’s day parade.

So, if you have never been to Digbeth Dining Club I strongly recommend you go and check out one of the best dining experiences in Brum.



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