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First Bite: Tortilla, Grand Central Birmingham

tortilla_burrito_queueI somehow managed to wind up at a soft launch for Tortilla Grand Central Birmingham for lunch today.  It’s not exactly fair to review them, given that they were testing out their systems and Grand Central Birmingham was still a building site, but I wanted to share a few photos…because, lets face it, we’re all a bit excited about Grand Central Birmingham opening tomorrow.

There’s a raft of new food venues coming to the city courtesy of new New St and Grand Central Birmingham.  I’ve listed all the ones I’ve heard of here, and I got to have a nosy at the food court today, where I spotted Pho, Tapas Revolution, Square Pie, Ed’s Diner, Giraffe and Yo!Sushi…there were probably a few others but between the last minute building works and it being lunch time, I was sort of distracted.

The set up for Tortilla is a bit of a conveyer belt of choices to make your burrito (or naked burrito bowl or tacos) how you want it.  I went for a carnitas (pork) with coriander rice, black beans, onions, peppers, cheese, sauce and other such delights.  Like I said, this isn’t a review, but I based on the burrito I had at the soft launch, I’m looking forward to returning for another visit.


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  • Reply Georgina

    Ooh, exciting. Nice to have another burrito option in town!

    September 24, 2015 at 9:44 am
    • Reply Laura

      Hopefully. Burritos aren’t something I eat often because I’ve found them a bit disappointing, so it was nice to have one challenge this! I’ll give them another go soon.

      September 24, 2015 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Will

    Yuck. Tortilla is I think the worst of the many burrito chains in London.
    Chillangos or Poncho Number 8 are the choice of the discerning Burrito connoisseur in the city.

    September 24, 2015 at 10:14 am
    • Reply Laura

      We’ve got a few places that do burritos in Birmingham (thinking Bodega, Habaneros van, and Mission Burrito) but there’s not a massive amount of them, particularly compared to the capital. Along with Tortilla, Mi Casa Burritos have also opened in New St, so there’s two new options for them in the city. Burritos aren’t something I naturally eat often because I’ve had too many disappointing ones (and not just in Brum), so it was nice to try one that wasn’t a disappointment but I’m also aware that it’s a soft launch and how it works on a regular basis will be the real test.

      Next time I’m in London is it work trying Chillangos or Poncho Number 8 then?

      September 24, 2015 at 10:52 am
      • Reply Will

        Well, I very much enjoy Wahaca for general mexican food, but if you want to give burritos another shot, then yes I would recommend either as probably the best I’ve had. They both do salad boxes (replace the flatbread with lettuce and serve in a box) which are popular and you may prefer.

        September 29, 2015 at 10:46 am
        • Reply Laura

          I’ve been to Wahaca a few times and enjoyed it – hope they manage to make their way to Brum some time soon!

          October 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Liz Dexter

    Good news for people with dietary requirements or different tastes, as presumably you can have whatever you want in them!

    September 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply Laura

      You can indeed…you walk alongside the counter and they ask you whether you want certain items or not.

      September 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

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