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69 High Street, Harborne, BIRMINGHAM, B17 9NS

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The days when Brum's culinary scene went about as far as a good night out for a few quid in the balti belt are long gone, and Turner's easily holds its own in the premier league of the new wave of stellar gastronomic offerings. The classy operation is tucked away in an unprepossessing row of shops on des-res Harborne's high street, but it stands out with its smart gunmetal-grey frontage, and you certainly won't forget where you are once inside, as chef-patron Richard Turner's name is etched all over the striking mirrors lining the walls of the bold, dark and moody charcoal-grey dining room. Equally unforgettable is the refined, confident and creative modern French cooking conjured from top-notch seasonal ingredients, and well-judged professional service boosts the quality factor still further. There's a lot of work going on in that kitchen, producing stunning-looking dishes with remarkable attention to detail, and it is all presented with due ceremony. Excellent home-made breads and meticulously-wrought amuses (a pig's head croquette with a black squid ink cracker, apple purée and seafood emulsion, for example) precede stuffed pig's trotter with ham hock, piccalilli and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese fritters, a dish of punchy, clearly defined flavours all working together. A vibrant composition of red mullet and langoustine comes with courgette flowers (stuffed enterprisingly with prawns and prawn mousse), a rich and tasty ratatouille, crisp samphire and bouillabaisse sauce. Elsewhere, a tasting of new season lamb is a delightful workout of flavour and texture, delivered with the faultlessly seasonal accompaniments of wild garlic and asparagus. Finally, variations on chocolate is a masterclass in razor-sharp technique involving fondant, dark chocolate sauce and milk chocolate crisp, partnered with smooth and silky banana ice cream, and pointed up with intense swipes of lime and miso.

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Tel: 0121 426 4440
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Open all year.
Days closed: Sun-Mon
Days closed for lunch: Tue-Thu

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Richard Turner
Number of seats: 28
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.



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