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

12 - 3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

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

13 - 3 emerging food trends in the UK restaurant scene

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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