Which top chef is heading back to Birmingham

Jewellery Quarter bar 1000 Trades is welcoming back one of Birmingham’s most inventive chefs next month.

Former Two Cats chef-patron Niki Astley and his partner Georgia Radenschi set off travelling round South East Asia earlier this year, unsure whether they’d return to Birmingham with their popular pop-up Salt & Earth.

Salt & Earth

But, inspired by the food they encountered during their journey, they are heading back to Brum.

As previously, the Salt & Earth residency will offer small plates.

Niki said: “There will be more vegan options now, which is an area we’re looking to expand on.

Salt & Earth

“There’s a new set of flavours and techniques we have been experiencing and trying to perfect in the last quarter of a year.

“When we left it was snow – now it’s sun (sometimes) and that’ll show a huge shift in ingredients and flavours.”

The new menu shows far more South East Asian influences than Salt & Earth’s previous residencies, when the inspiration was largely South American.

Salt & Earth

What you can expect to eat

Roast carrots & black sesame.

Asparagus, miso Caesar, nori-quinoa crunch.

Sourdough croutons, roast peanut oil, scotch bonnet chilli, cucumber, tomato & Thai basil.

Pork belly & garlic four ways.

Salt & Earth

Beef bulgogi, pickled mooli, rice.

Cured salmon Thai Laab style, a dozen herbs, toasted rice powder.

Cuttlefish XO, corn & coconut.

Strawberry, Szechuan peppercorn & lilac wine

Sticky rice, lemongrass, mango


Salt & Earth’s residency runs from Tuesday June 5until Saturday July 7, excluding Sundays.

Prices range from £4-£14 and Salt & Earth will be serving between 12-3 and 5-9.

You can book at http://1000trades.org.uk/food/

1000 Trades

16 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HE. 0121 233 2693.

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