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“Best soufflé in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aalto Restaurant

Aalto Restaurant
Hotel La Tour | Albert Street, Birmingham B5 5JT, England
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Ranked #114 of 1,608 Restaurants in Birmingham
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
1 review
“Best soufflé in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

A brilliant evening at the chefs table Dan Pearce and his team not only created a wonderful meal but they interacted and entertained us too. I would recommend to anyone who wants good food at reasonable prices in a modern but relaxed atmosphere

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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JJPRB2007, General Manager at Aalto Restaurant, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
Happy to hear you enjoyed the chefs table, The whole team at Hotel La Tour Birmingham are working hard to deliver excellent customer service so it's particularly welcome to hear you had such a great time: I'll make sure your comments are passed on. regards Jane Riley
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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent Sunday Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Visited for Sunday lunch on the recommendation of a colleague. The restaurant was very quiet, but the food was exception. Both my partner and I had 3 courses for £24. Starters were delicious - for main my partner had the lamb and I had the sirloin of beef. Both were cooked faultlessly! I'd highly recommend the Sunday lunch to others.

Service was good - friendly and attentive staff. The restaurant is spacious and modern, just a very short distance from the bullring etc.

I have it on good authority that Aalto do great afternoon tea - I'll be trying it soon!

Visited May 2013
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JJPRB2007, General Manager at Aalto Restaurant, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
The quality of the food served at Aalto Restaurant is something that is really important to our head chef, Dan Pearce, and indeed to all of us here. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and were particularly impressed with your food. Hope to see you again on your next visit to Hotel La Tour for afternoon tea. Kind regards, Jane Riley
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
“quite successful food attractively presented”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Went here on a slow Monday evening and appreciated very much the decor of the bar area and lobby, very design. The local bottled beers were quite fine. Our dinner was likewise successful with not a bad dish amongst the four of us. i had the Dorset crab and pork sheeks, exceedingly tender and well-spiced. the australian cabernet sauvignon petit verdot bland reasonable and aromatic. A champagne jelly for dessert, successful and never seen on restaurant menus on the continent any more. My friends liked their rib-eye steaks very much. Very friendly and efficient estonian waitress, Veronika.A few interesting breads to start. For the four of us the bill was 243 GBP with a 2à percent tip automatically added...hmmmm....no biggie.But this was fine dining there is no doubt!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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JJPRB2007, General Manager at Aalto Restaurant, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Aalto Restaurant. I am pleased to hear that you were impressed with our standard of service and food. Customer service is something that we pride ourselves on and I am please Veronika impressed you all. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Jane Riley.
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Very smart restaurant and the best risotto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel and had the pre-theatre meal which was excellent value. The starter, goat cheese tartlet was delightful. I had salmon which was very nicely cooked. My wife had risotto which I tried and would say was the best I have tasted for a long time - she also thought it was excellent. It's a very nice, modern restaurant with a really smart drinks area. The staff were all very friendly and we will definetly be going back!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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JJPRB2007, General Manager at Aalto Restaurant, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
The quality of the food served at Aalto Restaurant is something that is really important to our head chef, Dan Pearce, and indeed to all of us here. I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and were particularly impressed with your food. Hope to see you again on your next visit to Aalto Restaurant. Kind regards, Jane Riley
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Once bitten.....”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Should have known better than to try Aalto again for a special occasion. My Wife was most upset with what we found on our second visit. Service standards had not improved, and if I were Mr wareing I would get my name taken from the advertising hoardings.
The menu was poor; like a cheap carvery, and the bar service slower than slow.
I had hoped that once in it's stride the restaurant and it's staff would provide Birmingham with another good hotel venue, but it's not to be.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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JJPRB2007, General Manager at Aalto Restaurant, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit to Aalto Restaurant, but I was very disappointed to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations. Please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. At Hotel La Tour, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every guest and your feedback is very important to us. I would like to confirm that we are taking the appropriate measures to address your concerns and prevent future occurrence.
I would very much like to discuss the matter with you in person and would appreciate it if you would call me on 0121 718 8000. Kind regards, Jane Riley
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