featured5 - 3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

United Kingdom and food. They have really never gone together. Without putting too fine a point on it, Britain has historically always been a tad too conservative when it comes to experimenting with food ingredients. Pie, fish and chips, tea, sausage… that’s all that we can think of when we think of British food.

Only post the colonial era has Britain welcomed a bit more flavor to its shores, starting obviously with Indian food. Today British food is known for its intensity and rich flavor. It helped them that people fled to Britain from a lot of their old colonies and brought novel ideas on how to blend their native cuisine with traditional British cuisine. And ever since, the trend of culinary diversification has never look back.

At Turners, we are fascinated with the recent trends in food perception and consumption in Britain. We are an innovator when it comes to food, and infamous for not having a single item in our menu that is 100% local. We have picked some of these trends that are dominating the landscape here.

Japanese beyond Sushi

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Japanese food is known for its healthy aspect. Global favorites such as Miso, sashimi, sushi and noodle soups are protein-rich and healthy. In Britain, we have increasingly started following the trend set by the US in that we are going for more varieties of Japanese food, especially the indulgent ones. Izakaya, tempura and stir-fried chicken are just some examples of the delicious side of Japanese food that we are going for nowadays.

African fever

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Not like it sounds. African cuisine is picking up, with Ikoyi and Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen expanding in London. South African food is also becoming increasingly popular, with great choices such as Bobotie and Braaivleis. And the revolution doesn’t end with just the food. South Africa is a famous wine destination, consisting of miles and miles of sprawling and scenic vineyards. The wine is equally to die for.

Plant-based and vegan diets has gone beyond hippie

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Till a few years back, there was a visible hippie trend to opt for vegan diets. That trend has surpassed such hippies. The wave of organic food consumption has led to people growing plant based proteins and opting for a seemingly healthier vegan diet. And when we say vegan, we don’t mean the tasteless and bland type. Mashed pies, quinoa hash browns, Portobello burgers that taste meaty… not half as bad!

We are eager to see the awareness increase with such trends on the rise. Restaurants such as ours can only benefit when the entire British population adopt a progressive nature when it comes to food. Do you think we are adopting to the national trends? Check our menu below and let us know!

http://www.turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk/a-la-carte-menu.html

featured4 - Did you know these 4 health benefits of wine!

Did you know these 4 health benefits of wine!

If I told you an alcoholic beverage has positive advantages for your health, you would most likely laugh at me. Well, you would be pleasantly surprised that I was not joking. Researchers have found a lot of health benefits from consuming wine, albeit in moderate proportions. This has been validated by scientific studies.

One of the alcoholic beverages that can substantially more health benefits than others is wine. The key reason behind this is that wine is a naturally fermented product. It can thus be compared to other products such as yogurt and pickles that are known to improve the amount of “good bacteria” in our bodies. Let us look at some of the health benefits. Remember, of course, that the amount should be moderate to realize the effects.

Mortality

Wine drinkers, for example, enjoy longer mortality than drinkers of other alcoholic beverages. And this is particularly true when you take the case of red wine enthusiasts. The reason being that red wine contains procyanidins which shield us against cardiac diseases. These compounds are found in a lot of fruits, including the common grape. Apples contain high amounts if procyanidins, which is the reason behind the well-known phrase – An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Anti-ageing and anti-cancer

While there are definitely some truths on this regard, studies have been inconsistent. Nevertheless, what is known for certain is that red grapes consist of a compound called Resveratrol, that releases anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are well known to us as they eliminate the free radicals that age cells and cause malignant cells.

Blood sugar levels

Drinking a modicum of wine after your meal seems to have a positive effect on blood sugar levels. It reduces glucose tolerance on certain type of people, according to clinical trials. Note that this produces positive results only when consumer after a meal. It is a possible reason why cases of confronting type 2 diabetes are lower for wine consumers.

Mental health

In large quantities, alcohol consumption has a positive exponential correlation with cases of depression and mental instability. In moderate quantities, defined as less than 7 wine glasses a week by researchers in Spain, wine consumption can reduce depression. The effect surprisingly even extends beyond, with some studies showing that moderate wine consumption can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Studies continue to this day to establish a proper positive correlation between wine consumption and health effects by isolating and fixating all other variables when conducting clinical trials. While you should never take us for our word here, a moderate wine indulgence in parallel with other positive life choices will ensure a healthy lifestyle for you. Finally, check out what wines we have at our restaurant!

http://www.turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk/wine-list.html

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featured3 - 4 challenges facing restaurant entrepreneurs today

4 challenges facing restaurant entrepreneurs today

Being an entrepreneur is never easy. Any kind of entrepreneur. One of the things that help today’s entrepreneurs is the availability and accessibility to technology that enables them to create products or services that have a clear differentiation. The differentiation allows them to get traction slightly easier and also to create entry barriers.

When it comes to the food and restaurant industry, scope for differentiation is quite minimal. Food is a commodity, whether you like it or not. If you don’t have a clear passion for food that drives you to do extensive research to find out gaps in the market or client pain points, you will never find a niche that you can exploit. With that in mind, we bring to you some of the vital challenges facing entrepreneurs in this industry today.

Location location location

We can never stress enough how important location is to a restaurant business. And you would know a good location from its price. A great location warrants higher demand, and subsequently a higher price point. It is basic economics. If you are not buried in wealth, chances are that you need to do vast research to land upon a bargain.

It is never just about the product and/or service

The great thing about any business is that it is predictable for the most of it. You provide a superior product, better service or varying combinations of both, and you are guaranteed success. When it comes to restaurants, unfortunately that is not the case. Beyong offering good food and quality service, you have to be wary of seemingly inconsequential things such as the street in front of you, passenger traffic, decorations and so on.

Financing opportunities

Financing opportunities are quintessential for any business, especially for one as capital intensive as restaurants. Due to their inherent risk, obtaining public loans or private capital to start a restaurant is going to be difficult. You need a comprehensive business plan, connections and vast market research, on top of your own individual experience, to prove your ability to establish a sustainable business.

Seasonal fluctuations

It is frustrating that this business is extremely seasonal. Passenger traffic can vary not just by time of the year, but also within a single day. As a result, labor becomes an issue. You need to strike the perfect balance between full-time and part-time staff. Furthermore, you need to consider also healthcare insurance costs for all staff, regardless of their contract type. It requires an effective data management system and capable analysts to determine with accuracy seasonality in demand.

This post is not meant to be discouraging, but to strike caution into the hearts of aspiring entrepreneurs. As long as you are determined and willing to get your hands dirty, we do believe that it is possible to achieve success in your endeavor. Talk to as many successful restaurant owners as possible and learn the mistakes they made, so that you can avoid them.

featured2 - These 6 wine selections will bring the world at your footstep

These 6 wine selections will bring the world at your footstep

Throughout the ages, man has always had an inclination for good wine. During the time of the Romans, wine was a luxury only the wealthy could afford. However as times have changed, wine has become something of a commodity. So much so that there are tens of millions of brands out there today that manufacture decent wine.

A great wine has a noticeable taste, be it sweet bitter, sour or spicy. The taste is very much essential to the food that you eat. Meat, for example, pairs perfectly with wine as a general concept. The leaner the meat, the lighter the wine that you should consume. It is for this reason that steaks go well with a rich and flavor intensive red wine. If you want to find out about our food menu, click on the below link.
http://www.turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk/a-la-carte-menu.html

We have always believed in selecting the best wine directly from the vineyards and serving it to our clients. A meal is never complete without a selection of delicious wine, as Richard puts it. It was for this reason alone that we brought it acclaimed wine taster and blogger Luiz Alberto to our team. He currently works directly with Richard in the food preparation process to make a thorough assessment of which wine blends perfectly with each recipe that we create.

We have a staggering list of more than 150 wine selections in our current portfolio. Here we present to you the crème de la crème of our list.

Reds

Wildhaven untamed red blend

Vino nobile di Montepulciano

Valserrano Rioja Crianza

Whites

Müller-Thurgau

Madeira (Bual and Malmsey)

Sauvignon Blanc

Rose

Domaine Jas d’Esclans Cru Classé

Baron de Funes Rosé Garnacha 2015

Château Minuty Rosé Et Or, Provence

 

This is simply the top of the icing. Our comprehensive and complete list can be found here. We will naturally recommend the wine that pairs perfectly with the food that you consume.

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featured1 - 9 best-sellers in our fixed yet unpredictable menu

9 best-sellers in our fixed yet unpredictable menu

There are two things that attract us to a food establishment – the menu and the price. Turners has always focused on the act of balancing the two in such a way that we remain the premier establishment for innovative recipes while pricing ourselves in the mid-to-high range.

With that in mind, we have a menu that remains predominantly fixed. The item names and prices don’t fluctuate as much, however we prepare each item in a slightly different manner each day by varying one or two ingredients to maintain our unpredictability. The idea is to provide varying flavors to our customers and keep them hooked.

Appetizers

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We aim to bring flavor and intensity to a small portion of food in order to make you always desire for more. Unlike other establishments, we believe that appetizers should be richly diverse in nutrients and just about calorie-heavy to fill you up till the main course arrives.

Smoked Salmon with walnuts and sesame sauce
Baby spinach and potato roasted in pine sauce

 

Main course

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This is where we bring Richard’s visions to life. With main courses, we spilt them into two categories and keep each portions smaller than the traditional equivalents. The idea is to perform as many permutations and combinations as possible to give you an overwhelming culinary experience.

Main course 1

Roasted beef with tomato puree and anchovies, seasoned with Gochujang sauce

Pork balls with Thai Chili sauce

Main course 2

Schweinshaxe, served with fragrant rice and roasted brinjals

Vegetable biriyani with cashews, walnuts and fried paneer cubes

 

Desserts

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Once you have experienced a world of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy flavors, we bring to you a great selection of desserts, customized to the level of sugar and dairy that you prefer. Recommendation is available upon request as to which dessert blends in with the main course selection that you had earlier opted for.

Chocolate Mousse with strawberry sauce

Sticky rice with Alphonso mangoes

Lemon and custard tarts with blueberries