I finally got round to trying The Steamhouse, a new bagel shop in central Birmingham. They recently opened this shop in Birmingham after the success of their original store in Leamington Spa. They bake their bagels fresh each day, and have a vast choice of fillings to fit anybody’s tastes.

As soon as I found out this was opening in Birmingham, I was excited to try it out. I’ve been a part of the foodie scene on Instagram for a long time, and many of the accounts that I have followed from the very beginning are based in New York (my favourites are @diningwithskyler, @foodbabyny and @eatingnyc). Accounts such as these often post food items that I can’t get my hands on in the UK, which, honestly, is soul-destroying. Bagels are a New York staple but I’ve never found anywhere in the UK that matches my bagel dreams.

But then, I visited The Steamhouse and all my dreams came true. I can’t believe that this is the first place I’ve ever managed to find the perfect bagel!

The place is small, with little seating, but that’s okay because bagels are perfect on-the-go food. They have a vast menu, including their Classics, House Specials and a guest menu. Their bagels are baked fresh every day, and there is normally 3 choices. There was loads I wanted to try, including The Italian (mortadella ham, salami, mozzarella, tomato, pesto mayo and leaves) and The Alaskan (smoked salmon, cream cheese, lemon and black pepper). This time I settled on The All Fired Up (roast chicken, mozzarella, red onion, crushed chillies, chipotle and leaves).

🍽 The All Fired Up (roast chicken, mozzarella, red onion, crushed chillies, chipotle, leaves)

Wow! This bagel was something special. The flavours were amazing and the bagel was super fresh. I honestly cannot recommend them enough – I will be back to try every other menu option.

But, it gets even better! They don’t just do bagels, they sell other freshly baked goods, including doughnuts and brownies. They change their doughnut flavours daily, and my choices for that day were Raspberry and White Chocolate and Rolo. I opted for Rolo and it was incredible. Full of chocolate and caramel and covered in delectable sugar. If you like doughnuts, this is your new favourite place!

🍽 Rolo doughnut

Lovely place, the staff were friendly, and I got a free hot drink with my takeaway bagel!

Make sure you try this out!

Have you tried@thesteamhouse yet? Let me know what you think (comment or DM @dining_with_ali.