Saturday, 7 October 2017

Food: Rodizio Rico Osteria, Birmingham


Style: Buffet   Location: The Cube, Birmingham city centre  

Cost: ££ (Around £25 for unlimited pizza and pasta plus a bellini, cheaper at lunch)

The Venue

Rodizio Rico in The Cube has been a popular spot since it opened some years ago. You pay £25 for unlimited salad and side dishes, plus the fresh meat which is carved at your table. The space next door was a burger restaurant for a while (which I rather liked) but the owners of Rodizio Rico have now sensibly taken over and extended the all you can eat premise to include pizza.


It's a lovely small restaurant with an open kitchen, a fun swirled floor and wood and brick details on the walls.


Simply enter through the Osteria door, be shown to your table and order drinks from your server. Trays of fresh pizza and huge bowls of pasta are brought round at regular intervals but you can also pop up to the counter to help yourself to antipasti.




Drinks

I wasn't able to see a full drinks menu on the night, but I did have a couple of bellinis and caiprinas. Perfectly pleasant drinks but I would have liked to have washed my pizza down with an Aperol Spritz. Wine, beers and spirits are available. I'd be going for a bottle of prosecco to share.



Food

'All you can eat' isn't my favourite concept. I'd generally rather just pay £10 for something to be cooked fresh for me rather than £12 to eat everything in the world.


Pizza, however, does lend itself  well to this style of eating. The chefs keep cooking fresh pizza and pasta, and the staff bring it round to your table so you can keep eating without having to load your plate up.



Pizzas were thin, with just-crispy-enough bases and a variety of toppings- cured meats, veg and so on.



I'm not usually a huge fan of pasta but I enjoyed the tomato and vodka sauce with penne and some lovely fresh seafood spaghetti.



My favourite section was the anitpasti- think olives, bread, cheese, cured meats, salad and other bits and bobs.


All the food I tried was very fresh and well made, not what you may be expecting when you hear 'all you can eat'.


Worth it?

It all depends on your appetite. This would be a dream for some people. I don't believe I'd be able to get through enough food to warrant £14, while other people would get way more than their money's worth. Equally, if I came along with others, the quality of the food would allow me to be happy with the smaller amount I ate.


Find at:

Rodizio Rico Osteria, The Cube, Birmingham

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes

Photos are my own


Monday, 18 September 2017

Food: The Fighting Cocks, Moseley


Style: Pub   Location: Moseley   Cost: ££ (Around £30 for a sharer starter, main, cocktail and cider)

The venue

A traditional, beautiful Victorian pub in the heart of Moseley Village, The Fighting Cocks is somewhere I've spent many a happy evening. A colourful beer garden for the summer and a cosy interior with stained glass windows and green tiles.

The bar stocks a range of ciders and ales on tap, spirits and wine. Food is traditional British- not quite cheap and cheerful pub grub, more gastro pub. Tables can be booked but you can also walk in and order food at the bar.


Drinks

There's a small cocktail menu. We tried the Aperol Spritz and the Negroni, both of which had a good bitter taste, perfect for the start of a meal.



Later, I wanted a longer drink, something more pubbish and chose a pint of cider. Caple Road is by Westons and is an easy to drink cider, not particularly interesting but perfectly refreshing.


Food

I would not usually choose a starter for a pub meal but goodness me, I'm glad I did on this occasion.


To start, we shared a Rosemary and Garlic Camembert baked in sourdough (£12). Need I say more? The camembert had been studded with lots of garlic, placed inside a hollowed out sourdough loaf and baked. I dunked the lid into the cheese, then the carrot sticks (but not the celery, bleugh) and finally ate the cheese soaked bread. What an autumnal treat. This and a hot toddy will see you through many a winter's night.

I also fancied the cured meat board (£14) and vegetable patch (£20) featuring yet more camembert, breaded courgette, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, hummus and more.


It was only the start of September when I had this meal but my eye was already drawn to autumnal  confit duck, lentils and leafy greens (around £14). This was a hearty, rich and tasty dish- the duck was beautifully cooked with crispy skin.


This dish made me ready for winter!


Meanwhile, Edd chose the homemade Chicken Kiev (£9.50), a breaded chicken breast filled with garlic butter, on top of mash, pesto and cavolo nero. The chicken was tasty and moist but we felt it would have had more of an impact if they hadn't have chopped it in half.


At this point, an acoustic guitarist was playing and there was a lovely Friday night atmosphere. The food and service had been lovely throughout; I had to turn down dessert as I was so full! But expect cheese boards, lemon tart and brownies on offer.

A lovely meal for anyone looking for a cosy, relaxed evening in Moseley.


The Fighting Cocks, Moseley

Photos my own.

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Restaurant at Broadway Casino


I've never been to a casino. They look pretty fun but I'd never considered visiting, even with Broadway Casino being ten minutes walk from me, at Broadway Plaza at Five Ways. I certainly hadn't considered that there would be an excellent Italian restaurant hidden within, featuring some of the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy.


Behind the gambling tables, you can find The Restaurant, newly refurbished and serving up beautiful market-fresh produce.


I settled down with some rich, buttery olives, crusty bread and olive oil and balsamic for dipping, alongside a glass of prosecco. The restaurant manager asked us to trust him, brought out a lovely bottle of white wine and left us to enjoy the nibbles.


When we think of Italian cuisine, we get caught up thinking of pizza and pasta, forgetting about the seafood, the vegetables (the vegetables!) the expert seasoning.


I was delighted to be presented with a plate of small seafood tasters: lightly battered calamari, a little seafood mix that made celery taste nice (somehow) prawn salad and octopus topped with a lovely egg yolk. All fresh, light and perfectly seasoned.


The main, again, stepped away from the usual Italian food tropes.


One side was beautiful, freshly made seafood ravioli in a lemon butter sauce.


On the other, perfectly cooked fish with courgette and potato. 


We were then given a little palate cleanser of frozen vodka and lemon before moving onto dessert.


Dessert was a delicious, creamy tiramisu with profiteroles and a glass of Amaretto.



After dinner there was the opportunity to try the 'fun' casino, which isn't for money. I was even able to try rolling the ball myself which is surprisingly tricky.



The staff are far more competent of course.


You can book in as groups for dinner and to have a go on the tables (either for fun or money)- perfect for Christmas parties and corporate events. 




The Restaurant at Broadway Casino

Photos my own.

Food and drink were complimentary to showcase The Restaurant.