The Bureau is a new(ish) bar on Colmore Row in the heart of Birmingham’s Business District. The main bar consists of booth seating and a few tables comprised of dark woods and leather with a few TV screens dotted around. They have a separate lunch and dinner menu, with their Deli Slates, Burgers and Dogs featuring on both.
I was interested to try a deli slate – you can pick 5 components of your choice for your slate, but I was also intrigued by the hot dogs – I do love a good hot dog. Because of this we decided we would go for a Deli board like a starter to share and then have something for a main course.
The service to be honest we found a little all over the place. We were shown to one table, then before we could sit down asked to go to another (the second one was actually nicer so no big deal). The waitress that took our order ran off after we ordered our Deli State and we had to call her back to order the rest of the food. We explained we wanted the slate as a starter to her when she came back but this seemed to confuse her a little.
I tried one of their non alcoholic cocktails to drink – which was really sharp and tangy – a real thirst quencher.
Not really that surprisingly the main courses that we ordered (Classic Deli Dog for me and Salt Beef Sandwich for Lee) arrived first, with no sign of the Deli Slate we had ordered as a starter. We had to ask about the Deli Slate, which duly arrived and then we were left to eat all the food together. This didn’t really matter, but wasn’t what we asked for. One of the components on the Deli Board wasn’t what we had asked for either – they gave us cured meats not cured salmon, but we couldn’t be bothered to point this out.
Moving on to talk about the food itself, and actually it was pretty good. On the Deli Board we had chosen the Duck Scotch Egg, Potted Meats, Pollock Croquettes, Potato Shallot and Rosemary Fritters and of course the cured salmon (meat!) I really liked the pollock croquettes – they came with a really delicious sweetcorn salsa which I could have eaten a whole bowl of. The potato croquettes and scotch egg also big winners with the egg maintaining a slightly runny middle. The potted meat ( which i think was chicken) went well with the onion chutney and ciabatta on the slate.
My Deli Hot dog was very tasty – a huge succulent pork sausage with ale onions, and the sweet potato fries that came with it were delicious – crunchy and soft on the inside. Lee enjoyed his salt beef sandwich, it reminded him of something you would get from a New York Deli. He had beef dripping fat chips with his sandwich, a few off which (the fattest ones!) he felt were a little bit undercooked.
Had we not had some lack lustre service I think we would have come away thinking that the Bureau was a great find, the food was really decent and very good value (all the above food and 2 soft drinks were £28). I hope the front of house staff were just having a bad day, so we will definitely be back to try it out again soon.
Have you been to the Bureau? What did you think?
The Bureau Bar, 110 Colmore Row, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own