Every city needs a great viewpoint, and Birmingham certainly delivers. On the twenty-fourth floor of the National Westminster House is Orelle, a restaurant and cocktail bar which opened late last year and boasts 360-degree panoramic views across the city’s skyline. Inside, there’s a café on the ground floor, while one wall of the eight-metre-high space upstairs is taken over by a mural by a local artist, alongside drop-down lights (Aktar says it’s particularly impressive at night) and greenery.
Executive chef Chris Emery – previously of Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social – heads up the kitchen and oversees its classical French menu, which includes the likes of dressed crab with avocado, pink lady apple and sourdough, as well as a beef tartare with Marmite egg yolk jam, shimeji and Parmesan tuile to start, followed by the likes of roast duck breast, with beetroot, maitake mushrooms, pithivier and duck jus – a fantastically hearty lunch.
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