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Marco Pierre White Restaurant Review, Birmingham

Marco Pierre White Restaurant Birmingham (c) 2011/12 ETM

Marco Pierre White Restaurant Birmingham (c) 2011/12 ETM Click picture ABOVE to ENLARGE!

If your suffering from post Christmas and New Year blues, fed up of the dark nights, cold weather and can’t bear to hear anything else about the world economic crisis and what 2012 may bring, may I suggest a tonic in the form of a trip to Marco Pierre White’s latest venture?

Set high above the Birmingham skyline with panoramic views of the city, this restaurant promises quality “British Fair” at affordable prices. We were lucky enough to be one of the first to experience this treat to the senses.

On entering the chic reception area via a 25 storey lift ride, you feel as if you have been invited to an exclusive party. The reception staff take our coats and show us through to the swish but comfortable bar area. The seating is relaxed and low key, as is the décor.  The view creates the atmosphere with twinkling lights stretched out as far as the eye can see.

After enjoying the vista over a glass of two of Champagne, we move into the restaurant area and mull over the menu.

The choice of dishes are refreshingly uncomplicated with a strong emphasis on British favourites and the promise of hearty portions. Crispy beer battered fish and chips, traditional pie and mash and game sit alongside a good choice of dishes from the grill menu.

After much contemplation, we settled on a starter of potted duck with Aegean prunes and crispy toast, my guest chose classic prawn cocktail. The duck was meltingly tender and complemented beautifully by the prunes. The prawn cocktail was elegant with juicy plump prawns and a light tangy sauce. As we had suspected, the portions were generous. Seeing other diners happily tucking into their plates confirmed that gone are the days when we were happy with a thimbleful of food and a smudge of puree!

Our mains arrived a short time later, we had chosen a Tuna Steak and my guest the Steak from the grill menu.  The Tuna steak was seared nicely on the outside and blushing inside with a very flavourful olive oil dressing. I couldn’t resist a side order of the triple cooked chips to accompany it -they were proper crispy fat chips!

The perfectly cooked Steak came served with the usual trimmings that included some delicious Marco Pierre White onion rings. We also ordered a side order of rocket and parmesan salad to help boost our five a day intake.

Although we were fit to burst after our delicious mains, we took the plunge and shared a dessert entitled “Banana and Toffee Mess”. Unctious gooey toffee sauce swirled with freshly whipped cream and fresh sliced banana – simple but knock out.

With its prime city centre spot, unique skyline views, friendly service and delicious food, you would expect this Birmingham restaurant to be somewhere to visit once in a blue moon for a treat. However with the great value for money it offers – their marketing phrase of “ affordable luxury”  for once really lives up to its promise.   More articles relating to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant is exclusive Q&A, and interview with his head chef Matt Osbourne, Here

Review by S.Ness of ETM (c) 2011/12. Pictures (c) by www.leisuremarketingltd.co.uk

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