I’ll admit it, The Bullring isn’t my first thought for interesting, different food. But when the people behind DIP, a Lebanese/Mediterranean food stall on the lower-ground floor, got in contact my interest was piqued. I headed down to meet Natasha, their marketing manager to discuss the stall and find out more. And I bumped into a friend whilst I was there too!
Focusing on Lebanese/Mediterranean food, DIP in The Bullring offers a lot of flatbreads, wraps, hummus and juices. The idea is that it’s fast food that’s fresh, healthy and convenient, with really good options for vegetarians and vegans, which is why I bumped into my friend Hannah there. Their hand-squeezed juices are made with ingredients coming from the nearby Bullring market. I know a few venues in the city centre which work with suppliers from the market, but it was nice to hear that a stall in the Bullring, full of national chains, was doing similar. They’ve also recently started doing milkshakes and coffee too.
The first thing I tried was the ‘Four Seasons’ flatbread, with each quarter having a different topping…think a sort of Lebanese pizza; indulgent but with a fresher feel. The dough is made in store and the flatbreads themselves are made to order. I enjoyed the lamb, spinach and cheese quarters which were very much like a lighter pizza. The final quarter was topped with zataar, a herby mix of sesame seeds, lemon juice, wild thyme, tomatoes, onion, oil and salt. It was a nice mix but I felt it was a little too dry for a flatbread topping…though it would be great mixed with cheese and stuffed in a chicken breast.
DIP also do two types of hummus; a traditional one with garlic and lemon and a spicier one with jalapenos (you can see them both in the photo). They’re both lovely and they came served with falafel and a very small salad, which had pickles and was therefore okay with me. I don’t eat a lot of hummus generally, but found it a bit odd it wasn’t served with Crudités. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always considered it more of a dipping or spreading sauce. Still, the falafel was delicious so it wasn’t much of a complaint!
The DIP stall really is a bit of a surprise find in The Bullring. It’s a simple idea but nestled amongst fast food joints and ice cream stalls it’s somewhat of an unusual stall. The food is good; fresh and good value, particularly with their meal deal options and loyalty cards, and offers something a bit different to all the chains in The Bullring. If you’re looking for something a bit healthier, or a vegetarian/vegan and can’t find anything in the palace of chicken nearby then DIP is something I’d recommend…and so does my friend Hannah, it seems.
Disclosure: DIP invited me down to try their food in exchange for a fair review. I wasn’t obliged to give a positive review, but was pleased to do so and bumping into my friend was a happy accident. The photos in this post belong to DIP.