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“dissapointing and unwelcoming” 1 of 5 stars
Review of La Plancha Spanish Tapas & Cocktail Bar

La Plancha Spanish Tapas & Cocktail Bar
113 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8DD, England (Moseley and Kings Heath)
+44 (0)121 449 5430/5303
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Ranked #543 of 1,446 restaurants in Birmingham
Price range: $0 - $53
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Moseley and Kings Heath
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“dissapointing and unwelcoming”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

first attempted to go on a Monday 3 weeks ago as we arrived we were welcomed or shall we say un welcomed by a feminine looking chap who appeared to totally be uninterested that we were there. we paid for the drinks and left, went to Imlees the Indian next door which was far better service.

attemt 2 - as i always wanted to go to La Placha we tried again this time on a Friday as we thought we may have more luck, oh how wrong we were. we booked a table as it was our anniversary, walked in ordered drinks then the bar maid walked off with out saying a word, so we found ourselves a bar table as we wasn't told anything. after 15minutes we had to go and ask what was happening with our table in which the bar lady told us its upstairs, so after finding the stairs and showing ourselves to the table we finally sat down and ordered food. we were told bread for a starter was not necessary as the food will only take 10 minutes... ok. when the food finally started to arrive (we ordered 5 dishes between us) one of the orders was wrong so the waiter took it back, brought two more dishes out and were told we could start eating, we had finished the 2 as the next one came out then finished that as the next arrived then also finished that as the last one came out. I thought tapas was for sharing not eating it in order as it slowly comes out. some of the dishes swam in sauce yet no bread was offered we would have to pay extra (eg the pork 3 slices swimming in tomato sauce) food was average to bland and the service was awful you get better in McDonalds. All in all if your looking for excellent service and amazing tapas go to Byzantium in kings heath its far superior.

safe to say incredibly disappointing and we wont be going back

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“dissapointing and unwelcoming”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

first attempted to go on a Monday 3 weeks ago as we arrived we were welcomed or shall we say un welcomed by a feminine looking chap who appeared to totally be uninterested that we were there. we paid for the drinks and left, went to Imlees the Indian next door which was far better service.

attemt 2 - as i always wanted to go to La Placha we tried again this time on a Friday as we thought we may have more luck, oh how wrong we were. we booked a table as it was our anniversary, walked in ordered drinks then the bar maid walked off with out saying a word, so we found ourselves a bar table as we wasn't told anything. after 15minutes we had to go and ask what was happening with our table in which the bar lady told us its upstairs, so after finding the stairs and showing ourselves to the table we finally sat down and ordered food. we were told bread for a starter was not necessary as the food will only take 10 minutes... ok. when the food finally started to arrive (we ordered 5 dishes between us) one of the orders was wrong so the waiter took it back, brought two more dishes out and were told we could start eating, we had finished the 2 as the next one came out then finished that as the next arrived then also finished that as the last one came out. I thought tapas was for sharing not eating it in order as it slowly comes out. some of the dishes swam in sauce yet no bread was offered we would have to pay extra (eg the pork 3 slices swimming in tomato sauce) food was average to bland and the service was awful you get better in McDonalds. All in all if your looking for excellent service and amazing tapas go to Byzantium in kings heath its far superior.

safe to say incredibly disappointing and we wont be going back

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“As good as ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This is the first time I have written a review on Tripadvisor and has been prompted as a response to the review "gutted!" I read on here just before I returned to the restaurant.
I have dined at La Plancha several times in the past, but I returned with trepidation after reading that review. However, I am pleased to report that our experience and meal was as delicious as ever.
I have always liked the fact that the food is obviously prepared fresh, with quality ingredients and once again, our meal did not disappoint.
Portion sizes are generous and the specials are different every time I have visited.
This time around, I strongly recommend the home made croquettes which are large, crunchy on the outside and beautifully creamy on the inside. A million miles away from the frozen factory produced efforts from supermarket freezers!
In summary: Friendly staff, lovely relaxed atmosphere, reasonable prices and excellent quality fresh food. :-)

  • Visited November 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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“Gutted!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This place used to be my favourite restaurant, the atmosphere was great, location perfect and food amazing, in fact I have previously given La Plancha a 5 star rating on trip advisor. Although the atmosphere and location hasn't changed the food has gone downhill dramatically. It is like they have opted for cheaper ingredients which has effected the quality of the dishes. I had hoped my experience to be a one off but have returned numerous times over the past few months with no change. Won't be going again.

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“A bit of Spain in Brum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

A nice change for moseley village among the chippies curry houses and take always a nice little Oasis in our area ice cold Draught SAn Miguel conjures up the costa del sol as Vegans we don't partake in the Tapas that tends to be meat related but it's allways busy and buzzing

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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