Michelin-starred restaurant that turns the ordinary into something exotic with a host of molecular tricks
Starting life as a small boutique restaurant on Bennett’s Hill back in 2012, Adam’s quickly outgrew its original location, wowing Birmingham diners and picking up a Michelin Star along the way. Now based in far grander premises on nearby Waterloo Street, the home of chef Adam Stokes serves contemporary fine dining.
The tasting menu (£85) betray the chef’s love of British ingredients, with seafood like pollock and scallops up for grabs, along with vegetables like turnip, red cabbage and leeks. Game is also a strong theme at the restaurant: there are dishes featuring venison, rabbit and pheasant.
The trick that Adam’s plays well is to take familiar combinations and make them surprising and exciting again. This involves quirky techniques and molecular wizardry – all music to the ears of MasterChef fans. Notable creations have included ‘roast chicken dinner’ in one mouthful, and radishes still nestled in the ‘soil’.
Adams has become a fixture on the Birmingham dining scene, as well as gaining national and international renown. The Michelin Star was quickly followed by three AA rosettes, and it consistently gets great consumer reviews. It isn't cheap, but if you’re after high-quality cuisine and a bit of gastronomic adventure, this is one for you.
New Oxford House
16 Waterloo Street
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat noon-2pm, 7-9.30pm|