Eating Out West Midlands

Review: Simpsons, Birmingham

24th April 2013

My 29th birthday treat was a trip to Simpsons in Birmingham – a lovely restaurant in a lovely setting and with the refined feel of a more traditional Michelin starred restaurant compared to the other two Michelin starred restaurants in Birmingham.

Writing this post several months after out visit was maybe not the best idea as looking back at the pictures I cannot quite remember all the dishes in detail but will post the ones I do…

Firstly a ‘pre starter’ of curried cauliflower velouté with cauliflower foam and bacon soil

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curried cauliflower veloute, cauliflower foam and bacon soil

This was a good start to the menu, relatively traditional flavours and combinations, but well executed.

Other stand out dishes of the menu included mackerel and beetroot, and venison, salsify and blackberries. The former not going down too well with me, again I blame this on my (rather unusual) dislike of beetroot, but certainly made up for by a stunning venison course with large juicy blackberries and one of the best jus I have tasted for a while.

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Venison, salsify, pumpkin puree and blackberries

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mackerel, beetroot sorbet and puree

The last course I really remember was the desert…green tea mousse, mango and coconut sorbet. I was sceptical and proved wrong, it was exotic, unusual and a great blend of flavours. Dinner was nicely topped off with some tasty petit fours, the best of which being the blackcurrnt jelly; and the happy birthday message on the plate always a nice touch.

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green tea mousse, mango and coconut sorbet

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Overall a nice meal without being spectacular. Maybe summed up by the fact I can only really remember 4 dishes out of the 7 we had, but definitely worth a visit.

Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own

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