In a city full of discerning foodies like us Brummies, the restaurant industry here is very competitive, so although we welcomed a lot of new bars and restaurants in 2017 we also said a sad farewell to quite a few too.

We have some amazing restaurants to try in Birmingham but some haven't quite made it to the end of the year.

From two seafood restaurants to two renowned foodie favourites - here are the places we have loved and lost.

Lobster Peninsula

The famous Futurist cinema became a lapdancing club and will be now opening as high end restaurant Peninsula Lobster
The famous Futurist cinema became a lapdancing club and will be now opening as high end restaurant Peninsula Lobster

There was much fanfare when this seafood restaurant opened in the former home of the historic Futurist Cinema in John Bright Street in November 2016. But despite an investment of nearly £1million, the lobster eatery failed to win over diners.

The eatery offered a variety of seafood platters of lobster, crab, creole fish, prawns, calamari, mussels, as well as steak and chicken dishes. It is now African themed restaurant Nakira.

74 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN

Mr White’s English Chophouse

Sunday lunch - but where is everybody at Mr White's English Chophouse?
Sunday lunch - but where is everybody at Mr White's English Chophouse?

Mr White’s English Chophouse at Hotel La Tour shut in September after less than two years in the city.

The four-star hotel in Park Street has been sold to the Dublin-based Dalata Hotel Group, which is now named Clayton hotel.

The new owners have introduced its own restaurant brand - Grill.

Marco Pierre White still has four other restaurants in the city - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at The Cube, Bardolino also at The Cube as well as Marco’s New York Italian at Birmingham Airport and the new Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at the Manor Hotel, in Meriden.

Albert Street, B5 5JE

Annexe

Annexe restaurant in Birmingham

Annexe was known on the Brum restaurant scene for its special themed events such as Moulin Rouge and for Bastille Day - French Independence Day but sadly it closed down on July.

Later, it was announced that the historic Central Hall which housed the restaurant had been sold and it is set to be transformed into a new £35 million hotel and leisure quarter with a rooftop bar and restaurant.

220 Corporation Street, B4 6QB

Modu restaurant

Inside Modu
Inside Modu

This Korean restaurant, on the industrial edge of Birmingham’s city centre theatre land, was in the Birmingham Mail’s top 50 restaurants list and lauded by foodies all over the city. So many were saddened when we revealed that it was closed indefinitely.

A notice on its Facebook page dated June 2016 said:“Modu Restaurant will not be open for service (Closed) until further notice. (As most of you know, our only Chef since opening, prepares and maintains the standard for all dishes served and due to personal circumstances, she has been advised to take a period of rest.) We apologise to all customers for the inconvenience and disappointment caused by the announcement.”

113 Bishop Street, B5 6JL

Viva Brazil

Still empty - Viva Brazil! four months after closing in July, 2017
Still empty - Viva Brazil! on November 9, four months after closing in July, 2017

It cost £1.2 million to develop and was arguably one of Birmingham’s most beautiful new restaurants but sadly Viva Brazil closed in July after just 14 months in business. The restaurant served authentic Brazilian BBQ meats carved at your table. It is set to be replaced by Dirty Martini cocktail bar later in 2018.

7 Bennetts Hill, B2 5ST

Le Monde

Le Monde restaurant, Brindleyplace
Le Monde restaurant, Brindleyplace

Birmingham fish restaurant Le Monde closed in January after just two years in business. The 120-cover restaurant had a first-floor position above Cafe Rouge on the corner of Brindleyplace heading towards Waters Edge and the bridge to the ICC.

Its demise was largely blamed on its hidden location - as a lot of people walking by didn’t know it was there!

Brindleyplace

Fishylicious

Exterior of Fishylicious on Pitsford Street
Exterior of Fishylicious on Pitsford Street

A month after Le Monde restaurant, another seafood restaurant also closed. Owner Sarah Thornton, 44, said she was forced to close after claiming the building had been hit by damp.

The restaurant had a charming seasideesque feel and our chip reviewer was impressed with his fish and chip dinner when he reviewed it.

5 19 Pitsford Street, B18 6LJ

Handmade Burger Company

Handmade Burger Company, Grand Central
Handmade Burger Company, Grand Central

In July restaurant chain The Handmade Burger Company went into administration with the immediate closure of nine of its 29 sites. These included the restaurant in Grand Central. The Brindleyplace and Bullring branches remain open. The burger chain was founded by Chris Sargeant who opened the first restaurant in Brindleyplace in 2006.

Brindleyplace

Grand Central

Mechu

Mechu in Summer Row is among the venues affected by the Paradise Circus redevelopment.
Mechu in Summer Row was among the venues affected by the Paradise Circus redevelopment.

After struggling as a result of the disruption from the Paradise roadworks, Mechu closed in March. In November 2016, administrators were called in to Town and Country Inns which owned Mechu, Après and Fleet Street Kitchen in Summer Row after a fall in trading. Mechu reopened as ‘M - Club &Live Lounge’

47-59 Summer Row, B3 1JJ

Après Bar

Inside Apres Bar on Summer Row
Inside Apres Bar on Summer Row

Within months of the closure of Mechu, its sister venue Summer Row also closed down. Après Bar sites in Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and Cheltenham have also closed. The brand relaunched as The Texan Sports Cafe Bar in August - with cowgirls as waitresses.

39 Summer Row, B3 1JJ

Portofino

Portofino on Frederick Street has closed
Portofino on Frederick Street has closed

Italian restaurant Portofino which opened in 2012, mysteriously shut its door in late spring this year. The leasehold is now up for sale. Agents Fleurets have described it as: “Having a real charm, it boasts a high exposed eaves ceiling, large expanses of exposed brick walls, boarded floor and various other features which add to the character.... we feel it could suite any number of styles of operation".

It is currently still vacant.

21 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HE

COMiDA 21

Comida Restaurant on Highfield Road in Edgbaston.

It was sad news to hear this restaurant had closed less than six months after opening.

Known as COMiDA@21, it moved from former premises in Harborne and was renamed after its new Highfield Road address. The original COMiDA tapas kitchen based in a converted terraced house in Gordon Road was famed for its informal atmosphere as well as serving up tapas dishes using fresh quality produce.

Owner and head chef Stewart West along with partner Jade Gomila successfully ran the original restaurant for two years.

21 Highfield Road B15 3DP

Thai Edge

Thai Edge in Birmingham which is closed.

Birmingham's Thai Edge restaurant shut down its doors in March. But Thai food lovers were not mourning its demise for long. A month later, it was replaced by Siamais restaurant and cocktail bar - an altogether more Gothic affair than its previous incarnation - elaborately decorated by giant wall murals. Siamais serves up an extensive selection of exotic cocktails as well as Thai food.

6 Brindleyplace, 7 Oozells Street, B1 2HS

Meating

Meating restaurant was designed to resemble a cow shed
Meating restaurant was designed to resemble a cow shed

Quirky Arcadian restaurant Meating closed in July. When it opened in September 2015, Meating’s website promised “great rare breed meats”. And that they would be cooked on charcoal “stoked up every morning.” But our reviewer was less than impressed.

70 Hurst Street B5 4TD

Two Cats

The new Two Cats restaurant on Warstone Lane in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

Despite being acclaimed as one of Birmingham's best restaurants , chef director Niki Astley closed the restaurant in September saying trade had been volatile. Originally opening as a pop-up in April 2014, he opened the 26-seater restaurant off Warstone Lane in July 2015.

In a review for The Guardian in September 2015, food critic Marina O’Loughlin praised the “elegantly crafted menus” and said Niki cooked with “intelligence, flair and (apart from the mutton and that pudding) a fine eye for food’s inherent beauty. " Mr Astley now focuses on his new pop up Salt and Earth.

The building which houses Two Cats is now open as bar Humbug - helmed by award winning bartender James Bowker formerly of the Edgbaston cocktail bar.

27 Warstone Lane, B18 6JQ

Searcys Balcony Bar and Brasserie

The Balcony will be the site of a pop-up during National Champagne Week
The Balcony bar at Selfridges

The bar and eatery on the top floor of the Selfridges closed in August 11 and was replaced by The San Carlo group owned Fumo restaurant and cocktail bar. The venue at Selfridges was marketed as a ‘fashionably British Brasserie celebrating the best of British produce" It was described as “somewhere for shoppers to sit and recuperate with a coffee, or to gossip with friends over a glass of champers.”

But any shoppers visiting The Balcony expecting high-end dining would be disappointed according to our Birmingham Mail reviewer who visited the eatery a few months after opening. The menu was described as “ turning no cartwheels, but there are plenty of simple dishes to appeal to punters”

Selfridges at The Bullring

Chi Kitchen

Chi Kitchen at the back of Debenhams
Chi Kitchen at the back of Debenhams

The Bullring’s Pan Asian restaurant Chi Kitchen closed down in January, less than two years after opening.

The restaurant opened inside Debenhams in September 2015 amid much fanfare as the first Chi Kitchen in the UK - followed by a second eatery at the flagship Debenhams store in Oxford Street.

It focused on flavours from Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine but due to lack of customers, was forced to close down. It reopened in May as a coffee shop SOHO Coffee Company.

Debenhams at The Bullring

Bullring restaurant closes down less than two years after opening