I've reviewed The Mockingbird before but I was keen to return to see how things had changed or improved. The Mockingbird is a bar and bistro with an arts space showing films and documentaries.
This time, I visited on a Wednesday evening during a soul season, when music related films and documentaries were being shown, there were special events and the menu was soul food to reflect this.
We started off with a round of cocktails!
I like the cocktails at The Mockingbird. They aren't breaking any boundaries but they're fruity, fresh and you can taste the alcohol.
The Mockingbird cocktail is made with gin and elderflower, one of my favourite combinations.
We had a selection of starters to share. I'd been eyeing up the chicken wings naturally. I loved the sweet BBQ sauce on these. They've got a variety of flavours which are on the menu regularly such as cajun and salt and garlic so I'll definitely be heading back for more
We had to have the mac and cheese! I loved that it was made different by using different pasta and adding leeks. We felt there could have been a little more leek though.
The final starter was prawns in a light tempura batter with a chilli sauce. I loved the batter on them and the sauce was lovely.
Onto the mains. I decided to go for the Mockingburger which Edd had last time, with avocado and duck egg. It seemed a little smaller and more manageable than previously. The bun and egg were wonderful and I enjoyed the peppery meat too. Despite being smaller than last time, I still had trouble getting through the whole thing- maybe no need a for a starter before this one.
Ting chose the buttermilk chicken, which the guys at The Mockingbird do superbly. Moist chicken and a crispy seasoned coating.
Edd went for the catfish, served with pickled mango which was as awesome as it sounds and sucotash, which is a southern American bean and sweetcorn dish. This was a more unusual dinner- something you're unlikely to try elsewhere, in a good way.
All three of us chose sweet potato fries and were presented with giant portions which we couldn't get through. They are excellent sweet potatoes- as crisp and flavoursome as they should be.
We all loved our food and cocktails at The Mockingbird. I'm already a committed fan but I will definitely be back for more wings. Go along on a Monday to try food from Vegan Grindhouse too.
Big portions but quality cooking and ingredients - you're definitely getting value for money at The Mockingbird. Check out my previous posts to see the cool interior too.
The Mockingbird Bar and Bistro at The Custard Factory, Digbeth
Photos by me and Edd
The meal was complimentary in return for an honest review.