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Review: La Tour Grill, Hotel La Tour, Birmingham

Dinner for two at La Tour Grill, Hotel La Tour, Birmingham

I spent all day getting excited about trying the steaks at Grill La Tour at Hotel La Tour in Birmingham City centre. I’ve been before and enjoyed a good Sunday lunch, and the thought of a juicy steak on Friday night is something I tend to get excited about.

Hotel La Tour is modern, stylish and impressive with fabulous decor, and its Aalto Grill promises a modern twist on English classics. In the city’s upcoming Eastside district, it’s a great location for a post work or shopping dinner. The open plan restaurant is very much what you would expect from a modern hotel anywhere in Europe and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

The menu is comprehensive, although difficult to find on the mobile version of the website, where only a limited selection is displayed.

As it was a Friday night I thought I’d treat myself to a refreshing earl grey fizz from the fairly comprehensive cocktail menu on offer in the hotel bar – quite delicious.

To start we had the chicken liver parfait and tempura squid. Although the starters are quite expensive they are fabulous and well worth trying. The portions are extremely generous too. The parfait was a perfect combination of rich and sweet with a sweet pear chutney and lots of sour dough crisps. The squid came in a light crispy batter with Vietnamese sauce and just the right amount of spice.

Next I had the Hanger Steak, marinated in balsamic, garlic, thyme and olive oil, with garlic butter. A truly beautiful looking dish with a huge amount of crispy hot parmesan fries piled underneath. Sadly for me. the balsamic marinade overpowered the taste of the meat and left me feeling disappointed. The steak frite however was divine, perfectly cooked and marinated in exactly the right amount of chilli and garlic to enhance the flavour. It comes with all the trimmings you’d expect to see with a great steak – tomato mushrooms, crispy shallots and small saucepan of shoestrings fries. I would recommend that, or trying the specialty steaks menu.

There’s not many places I look forward to dessert but Aalto Grill gets it right and is an absolute must! The chocolate souffl√© is well worth the extra waiting time it takes to prepare it. The hot sweet sticky gooey chocolate centre is heaven for any chocolate lover. I had the deconstructed Jaffa Cake which is delightful. The caramelised orange topping a light sponge is served with a small jug of liquid chocolate and makes my mouth water thinking about it. This may be my second favourite pudding in the city (Carter’s of Moseley serves my very favourite).

If you are a couple, a small group of friends or family looking for a quiet yet stylish dinner venue Aalto Grill is ideal. Overall It’s not a cheap evening out but for a great location, fantastic service, good food and generous potions it’s well worth a try.

Review by Kate Eccles for ETM November 2014. Images off iPhone.

Chicken Parfait Hotel La Tour Aalto Grill

Chicken Parfait Hotel La Tour Aalto Grill

La Tour Aalto Grill 'Hanger' Steak

La Tour Aalto Grill ‘Hanger’ Steak

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