Byzantium is a Mediterranean restaurant in Kings Heath, about 3 miles out of the city centre. For a place with no twitter profile, this restaurant has an amazing reputation. I'd spent some time wanting to go there and not getting round to it. The opening of their new function/over-spill room was a great taster.
The downstairs area is very cosy, so it's great for them to have more space for functions and to let more customers book in.
I sampled a few of their tapas goodies. They were not stingy with the samples. I tried the prawn arancini first which was piping hot and delicious.
Olive tapenade on white bread was amazingly juicy and the right amount of salty.
Of course there were Albondigas (meatballs) in spicy tomato sauce.
Pork belly with crispy skin was beautiful. They were quite salty so you couldn't eat more than a few of them. Nevertheless, a highlight of the evening.
Courgette fritters topped with quinoa and pomegranate.
I can't resist a big slab of cheese with caramelised red onion!
The final sample was fragrant lamb topped with orange scented carrot. The carrots had been marinaded in orange zest, which is an incredible idea and one I will be copying.
I had a lovely evening spending time in the new room at Byzantium. I was impressed with the food I sampled and I can't wait to go back for a meal in the cosy downstairs area.
Many of these dishes are available on Byzantium's Christmas menu which is quite a bargain. For £25 per head, you get a glass of wine on arrival, a starter, a variety of tapas and a dessert, which is fantastic. If you're still looking for a Christmas venue for work, I'd definitely have a look at Byzantium.
Byzantium, York Road, Kings Heath
Photos by Edd
Food and drink were complimentary