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We’re gonna need a bigger boat, because October is about to get epic when it come to fish. Our latest kitchen residency Funky Lobster is looking to the oceans and seas to bring a maritime menu of treasures to 1000 Trades.

Tastes with texture and plate aesthetics good enough to Instagram are guaranteed from Birmingham’s Craig Mkandla. Our talented chef-in-residence started eating a purely pescetarian diet in 2012 and a passion for cooking with a clean conscience naturally followed.

Funky Lobster’s menu is grounded by Craig’s South African roots, and complemented by his culinary expeditions to Spanish fishing towns to shuck oysters and master the art of Mediterranean cuisine. The food on offer is unapologetic, and in the chef’s words: if it is rich, let it be rich.

There’s a host of perfect pesce small plates. Try the Moules Mariniere, cooked in a Muscadet wine, or the Crayfish Terrine, with avocado, beetroot, and basil. The main event is undoubtedly the Funky Lobster Tail, accompanied by a Saffron Dauphinoise, which begs the question: where else can you score such a delicious pairing in B1?

Traditionalists will enjoy the Haddock and hand cut chips, here to satisfy that Friday night craving almost every day of the week. Committed meat-eaters rejoice, as Craig’s laying on a garlic rib-eye steak for your mouth-watering pleasure. He’s got us hooked.

Funky Lobster is at 1000 Trades between throughout October, weekdays from 5pm, Fridays and Saturdays from midday (not including Sundays)

Check out the full menu here.

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