Harborne's Kickstarter-funded restaurant lands spot in prestigious Michelin guide

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The Harborne restaurant has already had an effect since opening up in February

Cuubo, based in the heart of Harborne, is a Kickstarter-funded restaurant that has recently been added to the prestigious Michelin Guide. The restaurant first opened its doors in February 2024.

Cuubo began its journey as a fine dining takeaway known as QBox, offering "quality food in a box to take away.” The concept was simple yet bold, focusing on European cooking.

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However, the ambitions of owner and chef Dan Sweet soon outgrew the confines of a takeaway service.

With the support of QBox’s loyal fans and a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over £40,000, Cuubo was started.

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A small and stylish space, exuding the charm of a bistro. Cuubo’s, modest exterior on Harborne’s High Street is marked by a tiny khaki sign and a frosted window. The menu is described as “modern British with an Italian accent.”

The Michelin guide says, “Adding to the growing food scene in the Birmingham suburb of Harborne is this Kickstarter-funded spot from a local chef. The space is small and stylish, with the feel of a contemporary bistro, while the contented diners and lively soundtrack combine to bring a pleasant buzz to the atmosphere. The menu is proudly British and fiercely seasonal, coming across in well-crafted dishes like a wonderful frozen rhubarb dessert with peanut brittle and vanilla ice cream. The cooking is all the better for its absence of unnecessary frippery.”

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Renowned food critic Jay Rayner has reviewed Cuubo as one of the most ‘exciting’ restaurants he’s encountered ‘in a long while’, shortly after its opening in February 2024.

Cuubo is joining the ranks of other esteemed establishments in the area like Harborne Kitchen and Tropea.

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