Anderson’s Bar & Grill is primarily a steakhouse, set just off St Paul’s Square, a picturesque Georgian area in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter and near to the hustle and bustle of the city centre. We booked a table on a whim last Monday night after particularly busy days at work for both of us, we wanted some good food!
On entering, you are led downstairs into the 18th century cellars where the restaurant resides, and with authentic looking brick work, wooden furniture and quirky artwork adorning the walls, we were impressed. I loved the cosy alcoves and secluded corners – it would be great for a romantic date. We were dining on a midweek evening, and it was quite quiet on the whole, but there were a few tables occupied. I expect there is quite the atmosphere at the weekend. The service was great – friendly and very attentive.
There was a nice looking wine list, with some interesting options, but due to the fact it was a week night and we were driving, I stuck to soft drinks while hubby had one of the guest ales.
I ordered one of the daily specials for my first course, which was Pan Seared Scallops with a Thai salad and Thai dressing. Lee had the Pan seared lambs kidneys, with dijonnaise sauce on toast from the main menu. There were also some other great sounding options including Slow roast belly of free range pork, with a sticky chilli and honey glaze and Oak Smoked duck breast with braised saffron fennel, spiced orange and red wine sauce. My scallops were delicious, really well cooked, and the salad was very light and crisp. The dressing for me was a touch sweet, but that probably is palate dependent, a squeeze of lime would have taken it to the next level. Lee loves his offal, and his kidneys were a tad overcooked for his liking, but he felt the flavours were really well-balanced.
Not surprisingly the mains part of the menu was full of steak in varying cuts and forms, a meat eaters delight. From T-bone to Boston Rib, and a huge sharing Porterhouse to the standard fillet, there weren’t many cuts I could think of that were missing! I went for the ‘Surf and Turf’ which combined a 6oz Sirloin, pancetta wrapped monkfish and a Garlic King Prawn, while Lee had the 14oz Aberdeen Angus Hanger Steak. We had a side of onion rings as well (greedy). Both steaks were cooked exactly how we ordered, and had bags of flavour. Lee was very impressed with his. We also both had a béarnaise sauce which was pretty high quality. The onion rings were huge and crisp, and the chips fluffy on the inside crunchy on the out. The only slight let down was the little dish of slightly soggy veg that also came with the meal. We were so full we didn’t really have much of this. Despite the menu being steak heavy there were other things on offer including Pan Seared Organic Salmon with chilli, ginger and garlic, confit peppers and Duo of Lamb belly and lamb cutlet with red wine, carrots and rosemary. Not much choice for the vegetarians among you, but then you probably wouldn’t be at a steakhouse in the first place!
We were stuffed so skipped dessert, but thoroughly enjoyed our impromptu meal at Anderson’s. The steaks and menu on the whole are pretty good value and I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you’re on the look out for a nice bit of beef!
30 Mary Ann Street, St Pauls Square
Birmingham, B3 1RL
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own