I have become a great fan of this place, initially just because it is one of the most stunning venues in the city centre, and I go to have drinks in the bar as often as possible. The bar is pleasantly relaxing Mon-Thurs evenings, but buzzing and trendy on a Friday and Saturday night. The 360 degree views and the lovely balcony 25 floors up are mesmerising, the drinks have always been excellent and the service is consistently friendly and professional.
I have now also had the fortune to eat twice in the restaurant. Most recently, on a Tuesday lunchtime the restaurant was busy but not to the point that felt too much. They have an excellent lunch offer of two courses for £15 or three courses for £20. I wondered if this special offer would mean smaller portions or simpler/plainer dishes. But no, my Mom had the smoked salmon starter from the special menu (enough for two, in fact we shared it between us as I chose not to have a starter), the pan fried sea bass was AMAZING, so tender and mouth-watering. And the chocolate brownie for dessert was just as it should be - gooey, soft and with rich but not sickly chocolate ice cream. AMAZING value really, I was very impressed.
The rest of us ate off the a la carte menu. The calamari starter was nice but nothing to write home about (a bit sparse on the batter but that is personal preference I suppose) and Dad said his tomato soup was 'wonderful'. Then came the main courses, Dad's fish pie was a very generous portion, topped with a cloud of fluffy mash. The fish and sauce underneath was soft and tender and tasted divine, probably the nicest fish pie I have tasted. My brother's chicken kiev was crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy with garlic butter in the middle, and of course was a real piece of chicken, totally removed from the type you would buy in the supermarket.
My lamb rump roast, as I started to eat, in places was a bit on the fatty/chewy side, but I persevered and was relieved to find this was only a little area of my meat, the rest of it was amazingly tender and juicy. The sauce was delicious, rich and glossy. And the potatoes dauphinoise were amazing...perfectly cooked and flavoured, I counted 15 layers of wafer thin potato each sandwiched with cream and garlic, they were outstanding and almost outshone my lamb! The accompanying vegetables we ordered were cooked and presented with the same care and thought as the main courses, in fact if I was vegetarian I would have been happy with the side of roasted vegetables on it's own, as shiny and sweet as they were. The desserts were the final flourish to a wonderful meal - sticky toffee pudding perfect in every way, and Dad's mountain of Eton mess was fresh, light and creamy.
Bravo to Chef Pritchett, Bravo Chef White, I now have a new favourite restaurant in Birmingham, and happily it is on the same floor as my favourite bar!
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