Having known about this restaurant alongside the canal in central Birmingham for a while, we had never quite got round to visiting, but after seeing Chef and owner Steve Love on Saturday Kitchen earlier this year we bit the bullet and booked a table. After a slight difficulty finding the place despite being born and bred in Birmingham we were very impressed by the interior and decor.
The evening got off to a slightly below par start after a 25 minute wait to be given a menu – a simple case of everyone thinking someone else had done it I think but the food quickly made up for it.
We had the £68 tasting menu which started off with a delicious ‘pre starter’ with crumbs of goats cheese on butternut squash puree, shortly followed by a boneless chicken wing, gnocchi, crispy chicken skin and lentils.
This was followed by a tasty coley brandae croquette with celery porridge and celery sauce- very good, but didn’t light the world on fire.
The banana and lime sorbet with pork scratchings worked fantastically but the star or the meal was the slow cooked pigs head. Lee, being a chef himself, is a huge champion of using the whole animal, not wasting things and using lesser used cuts and so he was excited to see this dish with the head and the cheek and ear and it didn’t disappoint – the smoked bacon relish bringing the whole thing together.
The palate cleansing pre desert of passion fruit creme and biscotti was tangy and light and led in well to a very well put together desert with soft springy hazelnut cake and melt in your mouth chocolate poached pear.
On the whole great food unfortunately slightly let down by some blips in service.
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own