Review on Turners at 69
Richard Turner made his name at the Paris restaurant in Birmingham's Mailbox before deciding to go it alone. His eponymous venture is modestly situated in a parade of shops on Harborne High Street, and it creates an unfussy mood with understated contemporary design, quarry-tiled floors and dark blue paintwork - plus the chef's name inscribed over the mirrors.
The place had been open for less than two years when it picked up a Michelin star for its clear-flavoured modern French food. Like the decor, the cooking doesn't aim for ostentatious, high-flown gestures. Instead, it scores with its precision, superb raw materials and real flair.
The menu is short and to the point, just four choices at each stage, with the emphasis on core ingredients. A tartare of scallops might appear as a starter with avocado, beetroot and Oscietra caviar, while a tasting of duck is enlivened with quince purée, pain d'epice and hazelnut vinaigrette. For mains, the choice might include fillet and croustillant of dry-aged beef with bourguignon garnish, swede purée and port sauce or an equally classic combination of roast lemon sole with cauliflower purée and purple sprouting broccoli.
A quartet of impeccably fashioned desserts close the the show - perhaps pear tarte Tatin or bitter chocolate tart with peanut butter ice cream and salted caramel. The wine list keeps its prices under control, with plenty of fine drinking for around £30.
Turners at 69 is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat (12.00 - 3.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card