Monday, August 31, 2015

Restaurants in Birmingham

Hi friends, I spent this bank holiday in another city in the UK, instead of travelling abroad as usual. The city of choice was Birmingham and the hotel, Malmaison was a few minutes walk away from Birmingham new street station. I managed to get a good deal via the  and allthe rooms website at a cost of about £350 for 2 nights. The room was quite spacious, with a tempting bottle of Malbec right next to the television set. Quirky decor, decent tea selection and complimentary glasses of Prosecco gave this hotel top marks in my books.

Name us one person you couldn't pull, so even if you wear a wig, don't deprive it of the fig
I love the shampoo and shower gels by the way. I reckon I can't pull Scarlett Johansson, even with my hair smelling this fragrant. The writings were a good touch indeed.

There's also a restaurant and a bar in the building, probably one of the most liveliest hotel bars have been to, with the various Hen parties and celebrations. The dishes at the restaurant (a little pricy, however the £20 two course summer menu was priced quite well all considering) wasn't bad either

The Fritto Misto, eggs benedict and asparagus starter, steak frites, tiger prawns linguine and 2 cocktails all came up to about £78.

Hotel aside, we checked out a few more restaurants while staying in Birmingham. 

Based at the mailbox just behind the hotel, the dishes served were tasty, albeit minuscule. The ordered slices of small steak portion came on a small salt block accompanied by fries that were almost on the salty side. The lamb cutlets were served with sweet pea purée which tasted nice,but wasn't filling. The meal, including 2 glasses of red and a bottle of water came up to £66.

This French influenced brasserie always served good tasting food, so it was nice to see that they didn't disappoint once again. The pan roasted pork belly with gratin potatoes was delicious and the roast duck breast was also accomplished.

Tasty pork belly

Shogun Teppan-yaki

Based in the cube, this restaurant is for "lovers of Japanese cuisine". Tasty sushi, Maki rolls, Teppanyaki, noodles, the list goes on. The food also gets cooked on the table by the chefs so it makes for good entertainment. The food tasted quite decent, with the spring rolls being one of the highlights of the menu

Dragon maki roll: Stuffed with King Prawns Tempura, Avocado and Caviar

Soft shell crab

Freshly stir fried chicken and Prawns

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse bar and grill

Dinner with a view indeed. This restaurant, based on the 25th floor is as good as it gets in terms of style in Birmingham. If you want to impress, bring someone here I reckon. The customer service was friendly and efficient. In terms of food, the rump of lamb with a mustard and herb filling was delicious. The salmon steak wasn't bad either. I also had the sticky toffee dessert and loved it. The meal and 2 glasses of white wine came up to €79

Tasty rump of lamb

Salmon steak

There goes my time in Birmingham. I enjoyed all the dishes I tried out and had a very good relaxing stay at the hotel. I hope you've had a good weekend as well. My next blog post will focus on places to eat in Westminster.

                                                                 See you soon 

10 am glass of wine, feels good



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