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Feeling tired and hungry? Want take-out, but are overwhelmed by the vastness of Deliveroo? Can’t decide which pizza place is best? Or stuck in isolation with little do to? Do not fear – here is a list of some of my favourite take-outs in Brum, to guarantee tasty food and a cozy night in, with help from my lovely housemates.
Serving seasonal and simple classics (aptly named Number 1,2,3 etc.), Franco Manca is one of my pizza favourites. Served on a delicious sourdough base, the menu contains everyday staples, such as a Margherita, alongside some fun options – mushrooms, chorizo, stilton sauce, even potato. I love Franco Manca not only for the quality of the pizzas, but also the price, with their pizzas starting at £7.10 – not too bad for a student budget. The menu also contains gluten-free and vegan options – which is super handy, although my go-to has to be the Number 6 with added mushrooms.
Yakinori has to be a Selly Oak staple. Though slightly pricey, the food is definitely worth a splurge if you really want to treat yourself. Yakinori is an independent Japanese restaurant, with its menu covering everything from sushi, to bento, to ramen – so not only is the food delicious, but you get to support a local independent at the same time! My personal highlights include the Teriyaki Salmon Donburi, as well as the Chicken Katsu sushi roll – which is great to share among friends. Another pro of Yakinori is its closeness means delivery times are usually fairly reasonable, which is perfect if you’re in desperate need of a takeaway fix. To quote my housemate – ‘Just because it’s two minutes down the road, doesn’t mean it’s not worth delivering’ – I would have to agree.
Pho is a Vietnamese street-food restaurant located in New Street Station. To quote my housemate, (again), ‘Pho is great if you want to feel looked after’, so naturally I had to include it in the Nightline Blog. ‘Their noodle soups are great whatever you get’ and the prawn crackers are ‘chefs kiss’. The menu also includes great gluten-free options, and their vegan ‘prawn-less crackers’ genuinely taste of prawn – one of life’s great mysteries, and one I am thankful for, as they are truly amazing. Hilariously the Deliveroo menu also has an entire ‘hangover cure’ section – they sure know who they’re catering towards.
Being in Brum, I had to include a Midlands classic – pie (even though ironically, Pieminister was founded in Bristol). There’s not much to say about Pieminister other than it’s great if you’re a beige-foodenthusiast. The menu has delicious classic pies, cheesy mash, rosemary skin on fries, and the option for extra gravy – as any respectable pie restaurant should. If you’re looking for some hearty comfort food that tastes like home, or are simply bored of the classic takeaway options, Pieminister is a great choice for a warming and crowd-pleasing meal.
Boston Tea party is another awesome food place with locations scattered all over Birmingham! While I think going in person is worthwhile for their wholesome brunch vibes, their blueberry pancakes are to die for. If I could have them delivered daily, I would, and I definitely recommend them for a morning pick-me-up, alongside a nice cup of coffee.