Star City Birmingham | Where To Eat At Star City (2007)

Star City Birmingham | Where To Eat At Star City (2007)

This is an archived article from 2007.
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When actor George Clooney opened Star City in July 2000 he couldn't have given the leisure park a better start. Star City, in the Nechells area of Birmingham, has a 30-screen cinema, restaurants, bars, the UK's largest casino and even an indoor ski-slope. It is surrounded by around 3,000 parking spaces and was recently listed as the largest leisure park in the country ahead of The Printworks in Manchester and The Mailbox in Birmingham city centre. There are restaurants offering Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese, American, Italian and traditional English food.

There is something for everyone at Star City. The Megabowl attracts a lot of families and students while there is also a health club within the main plaza which is popular with people who work in Birmingham. Outside Star City fireworks displays, circuses and funfairs regularly take place. Entertainment for the venue is selected from all over the world with high-profile visits made by the French Cirque du Soleil in 2005 and the Chinese State Circus in 2006. A number of the major restaurants at Star City also cater for the local Muslim population by serving halal meat.

La Tasca can be found in the centre, at the top of the escalators and offers a range of tapas from croquets of chicken served with garlic mayonnaise priced at £3.75 to deep fried squid, tuna, whitebait and king prawn served with lemon and sea salt for £4.45. There is also a range of paellas including the seafood at £9.75, chicken and spanish sausage for £9.75 and vegetarian with seasonal vegetables for £8.75. Inside, the warm wood is teamed with brightly coloured cushions and huge chandeliers to give diners a Spanish experience. There is also plenty of Sangria, which adds to the Spanish flavour.

Next to the cinema is Shobha's , which offers a range of vegetarian snacks that would traditionally be enjoyed in India after seeing a film. These include Masala Dosa, (£3,50), which is a thin crispy pancaske made with rice and lentils, stuffed with potato curry and Batata Vada (£2.50), two spicy potato balls wrapped in special batter and served with salad and chutney. The oriental buffet restaurant Flame is one of the newest eateries and can be found near the car park. Diners can chose to head to the Teppanyaki, which is a Japanese grill where fresh salmon, sirloin slices, king prawns and noodles can be cooked infront of customers or try the Cantonese Barbecue Grill. Prices range from £4.50 on a weekday from 12pm to 4pm to £9.50 every day from 6pm to 11.30pm.

For delicious Indian cuisine head to the award-winning Shere Khan (pictured above) in the main plaza where friendly staff welcome diners in to the light, airy restaurant. With good quality food at affordable prices it is no wonder it is one of the more popular places to eat at Star City. On the menu are the usual dishes such as balti, jalfrezi, tikka masala and bhuna, all priced at £4.95. Their signature dishes include Paya, which is lamb trotters cooked in garlic and ginger paste and Kuree Pakora, a traditional vegetable yogurt base finished with vegatable pakoras, both priced £5.95.

There is something for everyone at Old Orleans where cajun, creole, French, Italian and West Indian flavours burst through the mouthwatering dishes based on authentic recipes. Alongside a range of burgers and fajitas are fish and chips, meatballs, steaks and pasta dishes. A Cheese and Bacon Burger costs £8.75, Chilli Shrimp Fajita is £11.95, Tomato and Basil Pasta is priced £6.95 and a 10oz Rib Eye Steak is £14.50. Walk through the swinging saloon doors of That Mexican Place and if feels like you have stepped into cowboy territory. Starters include Mucho Nachos, which is tortilla chips topped with salsa, jalapenos, melted cheese and sour cream from £5.95, Chilli Chicken Taco for £4.95 and Drunken Prawns, which is honey, rum and lime glazed tiger prawns on a grilled flour tortilla, priced £5.95. Main meals include Blackened Tuna (£10.95), Burritos (£9.95), BBQ Chicken (£11.95) and Cowboy Grill (£14.95), which is rump steak, half rack of bbq ribs and chilli chicken skewer served with potato wedges, onion rings and coleslaw. Desserts can't get much naughtier than those served at That Mexican Place. They include malteser chocolates, chocolate fudge and caramel sauce with vanilla ice-cream, wrapped in a flour tortilla and fried. It is £4.50 and delicious.

Ma Potters is expected to change to a Bella Italia sometime in 2007. The restaurant is one of the longest established at Star City and has attracted customers for its friendly service and food which includes Halal chicken. There are a range of pasta, pizza, burgers and meals from the grill including bbq chicken melt at £8.95, thai tuna steak at £9.95 and flamegrilled lamb steak for £10.95. Also at Star City is Nandos, famous for its Peri-Peri chicken with a choice of sauces - Lemon & Herb for the not so brave, Medium for the slightly more adventurous and Hot or Extra Hot for the real daredevils.

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