The Steamhouse, Birmingham

A new cafe has arrived to save us from boring office lunches. The Steamhouse has opened on Temple Row, bringing espresso and fresh bagels to the city.

The Steamhouse Bagels

I’ve been in twice since it opened, and I think if I still worked in the city centre, I’d be setting up camp next to the counter.

The bagels are hand-rolled, boiled and baked everyday. Which bagels are available depend on what was baked that morning, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

My first visit was a solo trip to scope out the offering. I ordered a latte (£2.90), and a New York Giant (£.5.50) on a poppy seed bagel. The New York Giant is filled with salt beef, pickles and mustard. The pickles are huge, and the fillings generous. The salt beef is finely sliced, which confused me at first, as it makes it look like ham, but it was tasty nonetheless.

Dave was so outraged that I’d been to eat bagels without him, so we headed back so he could try it too. This time, we were later in the day, so only had the option of the wholemeal bagels. We went for the Italian (£5.50) and the Winner (£7.50).

The Italian is packed full of ham, salami and mozzarella, while the guest option of the Winner is filled with halloumi and chorizo. Again, we found the fillings more than generous, and the bagels are fresh and delicious.

When ordered in, your bagels come with a side of nachos, and there’s a selection of dips that you can order to accompany them. Office nearby? Order a classic bagel to take out, and your coffee is free, which is an absolute bargain. There’s a also a breakfast menu before 11am, which covers everything from breakfast bagel classics like smoked salmon, to slightly less classic Banana and Nutella.

There’s more on offer than just bagels though. A rotating cast of sweet treats is on offer too, with donuts, muffins and cookies which beg to be snatched up.

This is a fab addition to the city centre. It’s a great spot for a takeaway lunch, or a more leisurely lunch inside. It’s well priced, with fresh ingredients, and good coffee. I’ll be back, for sure.