We used to come here for special occasions in the 1970's and 80's but stopped when we moved across town. We came back here again to meet some friends three or four years ago and have been mid-week regulars ever since.
The Rainbow relocated further down Kings Heath High Street in the mid 1980's but is still owned and run by the charming Stan and small regular team. The decor is a perhaps a little tired but the restaurant is spotlessly clean and very comfortable.
The menu remains full of well known Chinese dishes though there are also a few house specialities. The food is always well cooked with strong flavours throughout. The chef has a temptation to cook many dishes with chillies but will vary the amount on request. There are the usual sizzling dishes, the Cantonese Steak being a favourite of mine. Mrs C likes the Schezwan Shredded Beef. The Duck and the Char Siu are very good here. Portions are on the generous side.
The wine list is a little limited but there is a French Chardonay and a very good Julienas Beaujolais to supplement New World and House Wine offerings. All the wine is very good value with nothing (I believe) over £15 a bottle. Wine by-the-glass, beers and soft drinks are available.
We ate here last night with a small party of seven and everyone enjoyed themselves. Tellingly the restaurant was packed (good idea to book) for a midweek evening. They have an upstairs room as an overflow, though it lacks the atmosphere of the main room. It's often used for parties and functions.
The Rainbow is a very friendly, comfortable and inexpensive place to eat. The owner, Stan, is almost always in attendance supported the excellent Sue, Nita and others.
Even with a good bottle of wine and some top choices from the menu it's almost impossible to spend much more than £20 a head and you can eat here for much less than that.
For value and service alone the Rainbow gets five stars from us.
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