If you’re local to Birmingham and are still looking for somewhere to go on Valentine’s day, then look no further than Bun and Bowl, in The Cube. On Sunday myself and a few other local bloggers were invited to the deluxe burger and shrimp restaurant to try their Valentine’s set menu, and thanks to the food and the company, it was a great evening. When we arrived we were welcomed by the owner, and introduced to Rebecca, the violinist who would be playing throughout the night (and will be on valentine’s day too!).
We were promptly served cocktails, which are not part of the set menu but I would highly recommend having one, as everyone enjoyed their choice. I went for the Charleston, a sweet amaretto, strawberry and vanilla cocktail served in a martini glass that I couldn’t get enough of. If you’re driving, the staff will be happy to knock you up a mocktail, as they did with the Virgin Mojito pictured above.
The first course will be brought to you as soon as you arrive, as an appetizer to have while you wait. This was a shot of warm mushroom soup and a canape of avacado, clotted cream, smoked salmon and caviar. This course was perfect and the presentation was beautiful. Along with this you will also be served a glass of red champagne,which is perfect for Valentine’s.
The starter was a fresh oyster served over ice, with white bisque of lobster. This was so fresh and was packed with flavour and again, presented perfectly. If seafood isn’t your thing, there are other choices of starter which will be on the menu on the night, such as the ‘Garden of Eden’, aromatic vegetables served on a carrot and celery jus foam. The courses were served with a long enough wait for the evening to last, but not so long that you’re are left wondering when the next dish will arrive.
Despite Bun and Bowl being a burger and shrimp restaurant, do not be put off if you are vegetarian or pescetarian, as they are happy to cater for this if you let them know in advance. The main for the carnivores was a rib-eye steak burger, stacked with onion confit, fois gras and salad in a brioche bun. I was assured it was an amazing burger! If you’re not a steak fan however, a chicken burger is also an option. Though the meat burgers did look good, as a veggie I didn’t feel like my main was a compromise. In my brioche bun was a gorgeous chickpea burger, served with salad, mushroom and roasted courgette, which was by far the best veggie-burger I have ever had. All the burgers were served with thin fries, BBQ sauce and black truffle white sauce. My only wish about the entire meal was that the fries had been a bit more special, as they didn’t quite match up to the standard set by everything else.
For dessert we were served berries on a layer of meringue, topped with mint and berry sorbet and cocoa powder. This was a really fresh way to finish the meal, and left us feeling full but not bloated, which would not be what you’d want on Valentine’s night! To finish, we were then served a raspberry vodka and baileys shot, which reminded me of a grown-up’s milkshake, and again was very well themed for valentine’s.
So if you’re still looking for somewhere to eat out with your other half on Valentine’s night, there are still places to book at Bun and Bowl (and Madeleine next door, which will be serving the same menu). The set menu is £30pp which is good value for the quality of the food and drink. The restaurant has a really romantic atmosphere, but is in no way intimidating, as the staff were extremely warm and nothing was too much to ask. I promise you, if you take your significant other here for Valentine’s, you will be STRAIGHT into their good books!
*We were invited to the restaurant to try the menu complimentary for review purposes. This does not effect my honest opinion.