Tahini – Review

Last week, I was very lucky to dine at Tahini – a pop-up within a pop-up (#meta) – a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant housed at Pop Up Digbeth.

With a team carrying some top-quality culinary credentials, my expectations were high and I was not disappointed! Although it was slightly odd sitting in the same space that had once been occupied by Bay Leaf – a Bangladeshi restaurant.

At £35 for eight courses, the menu was incredibly good value, although I was a little concerned I wouldn’t manage to eat it all! I shouldn’t have worried – each dish was perfectly sized to ensure diners were not overwhelmed by the sheer volume of food.

The starter of pickled shiitake mushrooms was a delicious spicy affair, and the fried halloumi (complete with secret-recipe coating) was possibly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I tried twisting the arm of the chef for the recipe, but I knew she was keeping that one firmly under her hat!

The beef fillet in stifardo sauce was a revelation for me – having never tried stifardo before. It’s a warming cinnamon-tomato sauce that was a welcome addition to the perfectly tender beef. The kemulpassa too was lovely (doughy balls of goodness much like the Indian gulab jamun), and the final limonina shot was an excellent pallet-cleanser.

We’ll be sure to let you know when Tahini makes a re-appearance on the Digbeth food scene. Until then, you’ll just have to enjoy my pictures instead – and maybe do some recipe searching on the interwebs!

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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