Date nights and date days are fairly infrequent things nowadays, so trips to not so toddler friendly restaurants are hotly anticipated. This was certainly true of our trip to Folium, which we managed to fit in for lunch a couple of weeks ago.
I liked the quiet setting, just off St Pauls Square, and on a warm summers days with the door open it was a perfect setting for lunch with its simple, elegant yet relaxed interior.
With slightly limited time, we opted for the three course lunch menu, but 5 and 7 course tastings are also available at lunch as well as dinner service.
The meal started off with some really special little morsels – crab tarts with crab hollandaise and topped with grated frozen duck liver. This were rich and creamy and really whet the appetite for things to come.
The menu was a perfect spring menu, packed with seasonal produce, and sounding light and fresh. My starter, Cured Mackerel, Cucumber and English Wasabi was the epitome of fresh with chunks of the delicate fish going just perfectly with the little balls of pickled cucumber and a sprinkilng of hot grated wasabi ‘snow’.
Lee’s starter of Kohlrabi, Black Truffle and Lardo was the other end of the of the spectrum with rich and unctuous gooey parmesan, curls of the crunchy kohlrabi and a generous scattering of earthy truffle, but no less fantastic.
We both chose Lamb for the main course with Wild Asparagus and Seaweed. Both cuts of lamb were perfectly cooked and full of flavour, and the potato terrine executed with the utmost precision. We both fell involve with the dollop of Foyot Sauce (a kind of bernaise made with lamb stock apparently), we both could have licked clean a bowl of the stuff. The lamb and seaweed sauce was also just beautifully done.
I was extremely torn when it came to dessert, between the Chocolate, Cobnut, Milk and the Gariguette Strawberry, Sheeps Yoghurt and White Chocolate. Both choices as it turned out were delightful, although the strawberry one just had the edge. Unfortunately for me that belonged to Lee so I only got a few spoonfuls. The combination of some of the sweetest strawberries I’ve ever tasted alongside tiny pickled strawberries, aerated white chocoalte and the yoghurt sorbet were a combination made in heaven.
My chocolate mousse with milk ice-cream was also excellent but couldn’t quite live with the lively flavours of the strawberry.
The service at Folium was fantastic, friendly and relaxed but with the right level of formality that the food deserves.
Birmingham has an abdunace of new restaurants opening all the time at the moment, some are hits, some are definitely misses and some dwindle in mediocrity but Folium was a big hit with us and we will most certainly be back soon (when the toddler allows!)
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