Digbeth Dining Club Review June 2018

For those that don’t know, Digbeth Dining Club is a shining light, flying the Brummie ‘Forward’ flag every Thursday, Friday and Saturday across a complex of four individually heated and covered venues (Spotlight, Mama Roux’s, a Games Room and Cafe Colette).

I’ve visited several times over the past few years, and never been disappointed. Always a wicked time, interesting people, fab knowledgeable DJs and an all year round chilled party vibe.

The brick arches and trendy alternative crowd make DDC a real hub and focal point for underground happenings in the city. From the music to the street food offerings.

On previous visits I’ve enjoyed delicious delights from Original Patty Men, Canoodle, Buddha Belly, Bournville Waffle Company, Pietanic, Low N Slow and Bare Bones Pizza, so this time I thought I’d try something new.

The warm weather meant there was a great balance of people both inside and out, milling around. It reminds me of a smaller version of Copenhagen’s Paper Mill street food warehouse and I can only see DDC expanding in the city, well it’s already taking place in Longbridge, Brindley Place, King’s HeathJewellery Quarter and Moseley (and other locations around West Mids).

DDC was designed to pull together some of the best street food vendors in the region. Much of the street food is locally sourced and cooked fresh in front of diners using ingenious cooking techniques to maximise both the flavour and the theatre.

Digbeth Dining Club is a destination that any visitor to the city should go check out, it’s what Brum is all about these days and amen to that!

On this occasion, after a mooch around I decided to try Baked in Brick.

I opted for a BBQ Chicken Tikka Burrito served in a sourdough flatbread with Goan spiced rice, salad and mint yogurt plus homemade hot sauce. This was just right for a warm summer evening. Mildly spicy with succulent chicken and the coolness of the yogurt calmed the spicy rice and hot sauce. The flatbread was the perfect partner for this Mexican meets Indian culinary delight.

For £7.50 you get plenty of bang for your buck, street food at its best and I demolished this whilst sat inside Spotlight Bar – people watching as I munched. I will be sampling the wrap next time, just to see if it’s as good as the burrito.

To finish I sauntered over to the enticing Urban Cheesecake van. At £5 a slice, again this is great value. A huge slice of cheesecake smothered with choc sauce and a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup topping. Really do you need me to explain how amazing this was? Needless to say I poked my fork through the plastic carton whilst trying to scoop the last remnants of sauce out. Bloody awesome!

This was all washed down with a huge glass of gin whilst listening to the ultra cool disco vinyl being spun by DJ Paul Boots in Cafe Colette.

Digbeth Dining Club is a destination that any visitor to the city should go check out, it’s what Brum is all about these days and amen to that!

Review by Nick Byng for Grapevine Birmingham.