There’s no shortage of fantastic restaurants within Coventry’s modestly sized city centre. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely lunch, a grab ‘n’ go takeaway from a street food vendor, or an excuse to don your Sunday best, you can follow your nose for something truly scrumptious or take heed of our handy eating-out guide for some of the best restaurants in Coventry.
Head to Lower Holyhead Road and try My Dhabba’s signature thali. A small sampler tray of dishes, a thali is a perfect way to enjoy all your favourites at once or try out some new flavours without committing to the full size! Add a naan and you’ll be on your way to a food coma in no time, thanks to My Dhabba’s generous portion sizes and authentic Indian and Pakistani cooking, meaning you won’t want to leave a forkful.
If you like showstopping surroundings, Turmeric Gold in Spon Street will surely deliver. Expect gourmet presentation and portions from this award-winning restaurant – perfect for those of us with eyes bigger than our bellies! The décor is opulent and awash with colour, with great swathes of fabric draping from the ceiling for a tasteful and relaxed setting.
For parties who like to have options, The Farmhouse offers just that. With an Indian and an English menu, there’ll be something for everyone. Plus, the Indian menu graduates from mild to hot for those who are a little spice-shy.
Turmeric Gold and My Dhabba are also two of the city’s best-loved halal restaurants. For a taste of the Middle East, Antalya Restaurant is a lively hub with simple décor and a sumptuous menu of Turkish cuisine. Meat lovers can watch their kebabs being grilled right in front of them in Antalya’s open-plan kitchen and finish off with an irresistible baklava. Or try Al-Bader, the family-run Moroccan and Lebanese restaurant serving fresh and hearty mezes and mouthwatering tagines beneath a ceiling of hanging Turkish lanterns and Moroccan-tiled walls.
While Chinese food is often relegated to the realms of takeaways, there’s a host of great Chinese restaurants in Coventry that might just change your opinion. The aptly named Noodle Bar is one of those, doing exactly what it says on the tin and serving up bowls of noodles tossed with a wide selection of meats and vegetables, prepared freshly for you.
Or if you’re looking to fill your boots, Oriental Palace and China Red’s all-you-can-eat buffets cater to your every whim. China Red’s authentic Cantonese food is served in well-sized portions and cooked to order, so you’re guaranteed a fresh dish. Chi Bar is a hole-in-the-wall café in the middle of town, offering modern interiors and a robust Chinese and Japanese hot and cold food menu, as well as a selection of bubble teas.
Coventry has its fair share of Italian chain restaurants and smaller, locally owned ristorantes. You’ll find national favourites Bella Italia and Pizza Express, alongside independent restaurants, such as Ristorante da Vinci; an intimate venue with fabulous service and an authentic taste of the Mediterranean.
For cheap eats, Millie’s Kitchen is a well-loved Coventry institution. Found on Market Way, the street food vendor is famous for its delicious calzones, pizzas made fresh in front of you and its robust vegan menu.
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