A few weeks ago my husband and I took my parents out for dinner at one of Birmingham’s nicest restaurants, Opus. It was a bit of a treat to say thanks to them for all of the things they have been doing for us in our house, bits and pieces of DIY and most recently painting all our skirting boards in preparation for our new carpet, so we wanted to take them somewhere they’d not been before.
Opus offers a great value market menu, offering a main for £10, 2 courses for £14 or 3 for £16, as well as the normal A La Carte Menu. When we went there was also a summer special of a a lb lobster and chips for just £17.50.
When then four of us dined, we had a mixture of all 3 of the above options, the flexibility is great. I was enjoying myself a bit too much and forgot my good blogger duties of photographing everything, but will include the things I did remember!
Starters wise saw Dad going for Seared Brixham scallops, slow cooked pork belly, apple and pommery mustard, Mum for the Leek and Smoked Haddock Fishcake, Poached Egg and Butter Sauce, while Lee had the Warm Goats Cheese Custard, caramelised shallot purée, pickled vegetables and sautéed beetroot, and finally, I went for the Lemon and Pepper Wild Gravadlax, Brixham Crab, Lobster and English Radish Salad & Sauce Vierge.
For mains, both Dad and I ate the Lamb with Dauphinoise and Kale off the market menu, Mum went for the Lobster (and I got serious lobster envy – it was delicious!) while Lee had the Cornish Lamb, Pearl Barley, Celeriac & Summer Veg off the main menu. Our only comment about the food all night, was that the lamb was a little bit over, for how we like it, but it remained lovely and tender so not a big deal really.
Dessert wise, Dad and Lee shared a cheese platter, Mum went for the Eton Mess Bomb, who they showcased at the COlmore Business district Festival last month and I had the Chocolate and Poached Pear Mousse with a caramel macaron, which is one of the nicest desserts I’ve had this year.
We loved all the food throughout, much (v.good) wine was drunk, and I for one am hoping they keep running the summer lobster deal every year, as its a proper bargain!
Disclosure: We paid in full for our meal and all opinions are honest and our own.