It was Mr Fletche’s birthday this month, and although we’re usually out of the country, we decided to bring a little bit of Spain to Birmingham instead. I was impressed by Ana Rocha when I went on a Brum Bloggers event last year so Mr Fletche wanted to try out their tasty tapas too.
I was surprised – and pleased – by how busy it was on a Wednesday evening in early April which suggests this bar and restaurant is thriving. There is nothing quite like this bar/art-gallery/museum/tapas combo around the Jewellery Quarter. I was glad to see that the staff were as polite, attentive and efficient as they had been at the PR event – and the cocktails were produced with the same attention to detail. (I love a good twisty straw…I’m a simple gal). The menu is a little fiddly though, and the red/orange writing was a little difficult to see in the low pink lighting. That’s my only complaint. Oh, and Mr Fletche was a little disappointed in the beer selection. As this is a bar known for its cocktails though, Mr Fletche did test the quality of their Long Island Iced Tea (you know, the one with ALL the alcohol) and gave it a big thumbs up. The red wine sangria also got the Fletche seal of approval, and I’ll definitely try the sparkling version next time.
We opted for a selection of tapas – hummus & pitta bread, fried chorizo, patatas bravas, prawns in garlic and chilli oil and Spanish ham croquettes. As always with tapas, I’m surprised at how something that seems so small can be so filling. The prawns in particular were a standout, and the patatas bravas was lovely and spicy, without detracting from the flavour. The chorizo, croquettes and hummus were as good as I remembered from last time.
At just over £50 for five small dishes, two cocktails and a beer it’s not the cheapest option around, but for the quality, the quantity, the service and the funky soundtrack it was still worth the money. And its within stumbling distance of 1000 Trades, so Mr Fletche could get his beer fix after all.
April saw the return of a monthly street food market in Kings Heath, after a hiatus after BrumYumYum stopped running their event amidst controversy and Twitter arguments in August last year. On a sunny Saturday, sprawled out on the grass outside All Saints Church, with a plateful of Buddha Belly crispy chicken and noodles, or a Baked in Brick tandoori chicken wrap, you can forget that you’re just steps away from the busy high street. The beer selection left a lot to be desired (a bit of a running theme this month it seems!) so we quenched our thirst round at the York Road branch of our favourite Brum cafe bar Cherry Reds
Our Good Friday loomed with no plans, so to make sure we got out of our cave, I booked us a table at Moseley’s new kid on the block, Zindiya. I’ve been hearing great things about this Indian street food cafe, and even at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon those that strolled in looking for a table without a reservation were left disappointed. It’s colourful and noisy, and there are some fab posters, especially in the toilets (I was particularly taken with the “You’re a Bad Girl if…” poster).
We went to the Night Owl takeover at Birmingham Town Hall for their “Big Birmingham Soul Night” on Easter Saturday. You can read what happened here.
Don’t you just love it when a quick “pop out for lunch” turns into an all-day session? It’s those spontaneous days out that are the best, even over those that are meticulously planned. And the only thing that was initially in our plan for Saturday was the return of the Seasonal Market at The Bond in Digbeth. We usually plan to arrive just after opening time, but we don’t arrive til about 3pm and it’s much busier than we usually see it. We even have to queue for the beer bus…
Beer finally in hand, we cast our gaze over the street food offering. Too much choice is not always a good thing but I fancy a nice big juicy cheeseburger so opt for The Meat Shack. Mr Fletche goes for the chicken offering from Kebab Cartel.
We’re finishing off April back up in North Wales over the Bank Holiday weekend. Will there be more mountain climbing? Where have you discovered to eat and drink in April?