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Carters of Moseley Review

Carters Restaurant Moseley, Birmingham

Carters Restaurant Moseley, Birmingham

Carter’s of Moseley Review by KE of ETM April 2012

After popping into the opening back in November 2010, meeting owners Holly and Brad and tasting a few samples of the food I promised faithfully to return for a proper meal at Carters of Moseley. Just over a year later and I’ve finally made it through the door.

It’s a little way off my usual path so, although I’ve been looking forward to it, the timing has never been quite right.  Over the past year while I haven’t heard lots about Carter’s, what I have heard has all been good, which is unusual for a new restaurant.

So it’s Sunday dinner for me. I have heard rumours that Carters serve the best Sunday lunch in town, often frequented by some of the City’s Michelin Star chefs, fine praise indeed and luckily for me on a Sunday evening diners get the best of both worlds – an a la carte menu with a Sunday roast option.

Pulling up outside, the restaurant looks inviting – not intimidating. They seem to have managed the difficult job of striking the right balance between relaxed and warm yet sophisticated with a sense of something special. It’s somewhere you could pop in on your way home for dinner or dress up and celebrate an important occasion.

We sit down to home baked country white and country brown bread – served with delicious butter and fabulously spicy devilled crab paste. I’ve had better bread but the crab paste was a real treat.

To follow this, an interesting amuse bouche of chilled carrot soup with olive and grapefruit and warm mini scotch eggs. I wasn’t excited by this, although the combination of flavours works surprisingly well, the soup itself was rather bland. However the scotch eggs were absolutely wonderful – warm and perfectly seasoned with a runny quails egg in the centre.

My starter arrived and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The combination of hand-dived scallop ceviche, vanilla, radish, apple and roast peanuts (£10) was light and clean, and the dill complemented the other flavours perfectly, with a delicious aftertaste of the vanilla.

My partner’s wood pigeon ‘au vin’ and chicken liver toast (£10) was a complete contrast with an amazing rich depth of flavour. Beautifully pink pigeon nice and tender with puy lentils and smoky bacon flavour.

I was by now really looking forward to my Wild Hare; a first for me, but slightly tempered by the fact that I knew already that I’d have food envy as my partner had ordered braised ox cheek served with beer mustard, spring onions, oyster and stout sauce (£21).

The wild hare loin and braised leg was served with roots, kale and parsnip purée (£20) and we ordered sides of wild cabbage and potato puree (£3 each).

Both main courses were excellent; I’m a really fan of good meat and the hare was tasty, tender and well prepared; I’d definitely order it again. If I was being super critical I’d say it was very slightly overpowered by the bacon but it was still an excellent dish all round. And astonishingly I wouldn’t have swapped it. That said the ox cheek was so tender and full of flavour I did steal a good amount under the guise of ‘having to taste everything’.

This was accompanied by Holly’s recommendation of a Chardonnay – I haven’t a clue when it comes to wine so I never really mention it, but what is great is when someone like Holly makes a suggestion and you can just tell it’s a great choice that complements your food perfectly.

As you may know if you’ve read any of my other reviews I don’t like desserts much so I don’t always order one, if I do I rarely finish it, and even less often really enjoy it.  However when I told Brad about this last year he was adamant that he had a dessert that I would love – quite a challenge but something I’d been looking forward to.

Well I’m pleased to say he was right. The peanut butter parfait, caramel sauce and chocolate sorbet (£7) is essentially a deconstructed Snickers bar. It’s worth every penny and although the portion was large and it was very sweet, the salty parfait and smooth texture just comes together so well it’s additive and I ate every last mouthful. Great job Brad, what a fantastic idea! My partner tried the selection of homemade icecream; green apple, vanilla, popcorn and stem ginger – all were excellent but my favourite was the green apple; sharp and clean.

We were so full that we took our petit fours home with us to enjoy with coffee later in the evening.

All in all Carters serves excellent food in a lovely environment, the staff pleasant, polite and friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed it. What more can you ask for? Keep it up guys, I’ll be back!

Carters Restaurant Review ETM (c) 2012 KE
More on Carters of Moseley Here
Sample Sunday Lunch, times and prices

Review photos taken from iPhone!

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carters-cheeks

Carters Main

Carters Main

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carters-hare

Carters Dessert

Carters Dessert

Carters Ice Cream Selection

Carters Ice Cream Selection

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