I love Spanish food and we're not overrun with Spanish restaurants in Birmingham. So I was pleased to hear about Amantia, newly opened on Bennetts Hill in the city centre.
I was lucky enough to get myself on the list for their opening party last Sunday. I joined a group of food bloggers to drink Sangria and try some of their food.
It was very busy- the party wasn't just bloggers or press, there seemed to be lots of family and friends there which gave a nice buzzing atmosphere.
I liked the white and purple colour scheme and the statement bar. The menu is a mix of tapas, crepes and main meals like duck in brandy sauce and mussels.
We tried some samples from the menu and some off-menu which owner Marta told us could be specials in future.
These were one of the highlights of the evening. Puff pastry filled with black pudding goats cheese, caramelised onions and apple marmalade.
We tried these filled with tuna and then the veggie option of blue cheese and truffle. These were extremely moreish with a beautiful golden coating. I spotted on the menu that they also have a salted cod version which sounds splendid.
Dates stuffed with almonds wrapped in Spanish ham.
Not on the menu- sob! These were ridiculously moreish- I could happily eat a whole plate of these. Please put them on the menu Amantia.
I liked what I tried and will definitely be back to try out the main meals on the menu. Marta told us they hope to have Paella evenings in future and Spanish stews in the winter. Fabulous!
Thanks for having me along to your opening event Amantia! With thanks to Alvaro of British Local Food for organising.