Sunday, 29 September 2013

Bistro 1847 Birmingham

I have a special affinity with Birmingham that I guess Mr B will never quite understand. It holds little allure for him to visit as there's not even much choice when it comes to food options. However for me the lack of vegan choice here always annoys me as I visit quite often to see family & friends - it's my hometown after all. It holds memories and has a familiarness (I know that's not a word, but it's very fitting here) that nowhere else has.
I know there are SOME vegan places; The Warehouse Cafe, The One Earth Shop - and places that will accommodate vegans like Woktastic, Wagamama and Pizza Express. There was also Veged Out but it recently closed down. I really WANT there to be more choice, so I was delighted when I heard Bistro 1847 would be opening a branch here.
We went along at lunchtime and we had the place to ourselves when we arrived. I was pleased to see they'd marked things as vegan or vegan option on their menu as the one I'd seen beforehand only said 'dairy free' which I thought could be a little confusing for people.

To start I had the 'Mushroom & Liqorice Pate, Wild Mushroom cappuccino, Confit fennel, Pickled enoki & Amaranth rice crispies'.

For my main I had 'Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside - Local beer & Baltic battered mead marinated smoked tofu, hand cut chunky chips, mushy peas & lemon wedges'.

For pudding I had 'Good Old Fashioned Mr Lover Boy - Dark chocolate truffle, candied orange, grapefruit & whiskey jelly & cacao nibs'.

I was unsure what to think before visiting as I'd not really heard good things from people I know who have visited their Manchester branch - from the sound of the menu we'd seen beforehand I knew it could either be brilliant, or not work at all. I'm really pleased to say that I really enjoyed my meal - the main was the highlight. I've had vegan 'fish & chips' along the same lines at several other places that haven't been quite right, but this time I was left wishing I could have seconds. 
My cocktail was an 'English Garden' (on the left). It was nice, although I felt it could of benefitted from being a little less sweet.

We took up their meal offer of 3 courses for £20 and each had a cocktail. Small shared our meals and had her own pudding. The bill came to around £55. Clearly in price terms Bistro 1847 isn't a replacement for The Warehouse Cafe - a meal for the three of us there would cost half as much. It does however fit nicely into place alongside it - it's great to finally have something in Birmingham a little more upmarket for special occasions and taking non vegan relatives & friends. The setting inside the Great Western Arcade is great as it is central and the inside of the restaurant is fresh & modern.
I'll be sure to return - but it'd be nice to see a small kid friendly menu and a bigger coffee choice.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic food here, popped in when performing at an event in Birmingham!