There is a rather large restaurant in Brindleyplace, Birmingham which I often walk past. The front is rather imposing and I never thought of visiting until now.
Inside, the decor was rather dark and dreary. The kitchen was smack bang in the middle (mostly covered). The bar was in the front whilst the restaurant proper was right at the back. Even though the restaurant backed onto the canal it is rather dark still save for a little corner of light through the windows. I decided that this was the best place to sit (I at least want to see what I was eating).
I decided to go for the fixed price menu which was £12.50 for 2 courses or £15 for 3 which was reasonable. This was with a complimentary glass of house wine (I chose a red) if ordered Mon-Fri 12-3pm so I was able to take advantage of this! I also requested for the obligatory tap water to wash it all down.
I was then served with two bannocks of bread and butter on a wooden bowl. Examining it, the bread seems most likely baked on site. After trying it I found it to me most delicious and the salted butter made it even more so.
The starter I ordered was a ham hock and parsley terrine with mustard drizzle. The dish was nice and the meat just right though I couldn’t taste much of the parsley. The mustard went well with it.
The main was the highlight. I had a grilled salmon fillet with sauteed potatoes and bacon bits. The salmon was cooked to perfection and was a joy to eat. Some of the potatoes, however, could do with a bit more sauteeing (I like my potatoes soft and fluffy and some of them were a teeny bit hard). The bacon added some saltiness to the dish. Overall it was brilliant.
For dessert I had the vanilla pannacotta with raspberry sauce and hazelnut biscuits. Again, you can’t say anything bad about such a dessert. It was superb. However, I’d prefer it if the sweet was served in a more appropriate and dignified vessel rather than a airtight glass pot as it makes it difficult to scrape clean with the spoon (which could have been smaller as I like to put the whole spoon in my mouth).
The red wine (a Shiraz) was good and not overpowering (I prefer not to feel sick and hungover after a meal).
The service was good (though I was left standing at the door for sometime whilst I waited for someone to come and seat me). The lavatories were clean and tidy (though one of the toilet seats was partially unscrewed). Overall spend was £16.88 (inc. ‘service charge’; they also cheekily forgot to give me 2p when it came to the change but I’ll see that as an oversight at this point).
I would indeed recommend a trip here.
I paid another visit on the 20th October and had the following:
Penne with butternut squash and Eton mess.