Two weeks ago I was really excited to finally be able to get down to Digbeth on a Friday night to experience The Digbeth Dining Club. I first heard about this quite a few months back now and since then life has conspired to get in the way and stop me from getting down there. Meanwhile I’ve been hearing good things about it from all over, further fuelling my frustration about having not been! Needless to say I was looking forward to it!
The Street Food Revolution in the UK is well and truly on a roll, and in Birmingham it seems the industry is booming. The Dining Club is situated at Spot*Light, a night club with some open air space in Digbeth, a stones throw from the Custard Factory. For someone not too familiar with Digbeth it was a bit hard to find, nestling inconspicuously behind some big blue iron gates, but follow your nose and you’ll get there! Every Friday 3 or 4 vendors set up their vans and gazebos ready for the feeding onslaught. There are many and varied vendors that come to Digbeth Dining Club, so expect to find all sorts of cuisine; Burgers, Hotdogs, Mexican, Indian, Thai, the list goes on and on. You can always have a look at the official website to have a look who’s going to be their when your planning your visit.
When we went, on offer were; Big Daddies Diner, The Mexican Bean, Bournville Waffle Company and The Wild Oven. We were pretty hungry and had skipped lunch in preparation so decided we would have something from each place, one by one, and share it all! All the food seemed pretty affordable, anything between about £4-£6 per dish. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs but it all sounded so great we battled on for the sake of street food!
We got there pretty early on – about 615pm (they’re open from 530pm) not wanting to miss out – I had a read a couple of reviews that had said some things sold out pretty early. It was pretty quiet when we got there, but by about 7 it was buzzing with people. It was a lovely evening so we grabbed one of the few outside tables. Inside there is more seating and you can also grab a drink or a themed cocktail from the bar. That night cocktail theme was Mexican so I treated myself to a ‘Cactus Jack‘ which was divine! The atmosphere is great, really relaxed and a DJ spinning some mellow tunes in the background.
On to the main event, the food! We had a Pulled Pork Burrito and some Chilli Beef Topped Nachos from The Mexican Bean which were absolutely delicious; tender meat, spicy toppings and try their hot chipotle sauce if you dare! And the guacamole on their nachos….there are no words to describe, I don’t know how they make it but it was sublime! We also had the ‘special’ hot dog from Big Daddies Diner called The Edna (topped with chilli, red jalapeños and cheese) which again was fantastic! So much flavour packed in and the red jalepenos give it a real kick. Lastly for our savoury fill we had a Chorizo and Roquito Pepper Pizza from The Wild Oven. The base was so thin and crispy and the wood fired oven taste was great. We were pretty stuffed but just couldn’t leave without trying a Waffle. I’ve had a few waffles over the years and most haven’t been great, a bit hard and stodgy but this one was an absolute treat. We had the Rocky Road one, and it was really light and fluffy, and smothered with marshmallows and chocolate. Yum!
I was really impressed with the whole experience, friendly vendors, great atmosphere and affordable food. I think I could go every week without getting bored! I am definitely looking forward to my next trip down to DDC, there are some other vendors I have heard great things about; particularly the burgers from The Meat Shack so hopefully it will not be as many months before I can go again! If you’re looking for a fun, different night out, then this is for you!
Digbeth Dining Club – digbethdiningclub.co.uk
Unit 2 Lower Trinity Street
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own