Not so long ago the Lost and Found in Birminghams business district had a bit of a makeover, and alongside this a new menu to boot. It was always a go to place for me in my footloose and fancy free, drink cocktails until the early hours time of my life so I was happy to be invited down to try out the new food and have a look around.
I liked the new look, it was different without being too radical, and I liked that they’d kept the botanical paradise vibe about it. The bar has changed locations to the far side of the building, with this I think giving the appearance of more space, especially for the drinkers only, the balcony areas, as previous are kept for those eating too. Can you spot a little Imogen shaped intruder exploring the new place?
On to the food and drink though, which is obviously still the most important. The cocktail list is as long and interesting as ever. I do really like the fact that they have a ‘cocktail map’ outlining their drinks so you can choose to your tastes – for example I like mine long and quite sweet as opposed to short and strong, so I can look at their map and choose a few that might suit me. This time I went for a Spring Tea – which was gin based with apricot, bergamot, lemon and apple amongst other ingredients. Later on I also had a mocktail, the Summer Orchard. Both lovely refreshing drinks and very much to my taste.
Looking through the food menus I liked that they have kept it quite small and not been too adventurous. A small menu done well is always preferable to lots of average offerings!
For my starter I went for the LIGHTLY DUSTED SQUID Asian slaw, sriracha mayonnaise and lime. Squid done well is always a favourite of mine and I like the flavours on offer in this one. The portion was much larger than expected too, which was great! The calamari itself was pretty good and not too chewy.
Lee went for the TRUFFLE & PARMESAN ARANCINI with rustic tomato sauce. Again, defiantly no skimping on the portions here, and the arnacine themselves rich and oozing with cheese. The truffle also came through quite strongly which Lee loved. The rustic tomato sauce was also really nice – a bit like a good pizza sauce. Imogen approved of this sauce a lot and she essentially stole it to dip in her starter of vegetable sticks! The kids menu is decent here too with lots of options. Imogen followed her veg sticks with some tomato and mozzarella pasta.
The menu now focuses on pizzas and their josper grill, with a few pastas, salads and other mains alongside. I decided to choose a bit differently for my main course, as I rarely have pasta when I go out to eat but decided to try out the CURED SALMON & KING PRAWN LINGUINE tossed with chilli, lemon, rocket and toasted pine nuts. Again I was pretty impressed. Much more so than when I last ate at the Lost & Found. My prawns were well cooked, and the simple sauce sang out with lemon and a good chilli kick. Simple food but executed well.
Lee went for the WAGYU BEEF BURGER topped with caramelised onions, crispy bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and smoky chipotle ketchup with seasoned skinny fries. He enjoyed the burger, but felt the fact it was Wagyu beef got a bit lost. It didn’t quite live up to the likes of OPM and the Meatshack burgers, but then, what does?
We were too full for desserts, but the likes of the MILLIONAIRE’S SHORTBREAD or PASSION FRUIT CHEESECAKE might tempt me next time.
Family friendly? During the day this is perfect for all the family – there’s a good kids menus, a colouring kit and good facilities. If busy you might struggle to get a pram or pushchair near the table because of the layout but we managed it fine on an averagely busy easter holiday weekday.
We very much enjoyed our visit to the new look lost and found and would definitely go back again. Thanks to them and Roche PR for the invite – we dined free of charge, all opinions honest and our own.