Nosh and Quaff opened August 2015. Part of the Lasan group, it is totally different to their other restaurants in that they focus on American-style comfort food, done well. You can find Nosh and Quaff very easily: it's on the edge of Victoria Square, in a beautifully converted Grade 2 listed building.
Last year I went to the launch party where we could order what we fancied from the menu. I went for lobster as lobster and ribs was very much their focus at the time. I enjoyed it but wasn't excited enough to return until a few months later. On that occasion I chose chicken wings and my goodness they were good. Proper crispy skin, juicy meat and a beautiful habanero butter sauce. I haven't come across better wings in Birmingham since.
To celebrate a year of business, Nosh and Quaff held a birthday party with lots and lots of food. We were greeted with a Pornstar Bellini- the flavours of a Pornstar Martini, lengthened with prosecco.
While we were drinking and chatting with fellow foodies, we were able to sample some lovely starters- lobster fritters, chicken poppers with habanero sauce and pork belly.
So look at the feast we were given! I sat at a large table of 8 and they bought four trays of food out to us. The trays were loaded with favourites from the menu- some which weren't on the menu when they first opened.
I didn't try the beef ribs but I recall the smokey, sweet flavour from last time. Pork ribs had plenty of meat to fall off the bone and were beautifully seasoned. The Cheeky Burger was popular around the table and was topped with cheese, onion rings and truffle mayo. Big Apple Dog was a great quality smoked frankfurter with bacon jam and caramelised onions.
Along with the main elements we had a variety of sides. At Nosh and Quaff, the mains all come with fries but there are other dishes to order- Mac and Cheese, Blooming Onion and Sweet Potato Wedges being the ones we tried.
The Mac and Cheese is fantastic, with a perfect, seasoned, crispy topping. The blooming onion is another of my favourites, though it can be rather filling. The sweet potato wedges were nice enough but didn't stand out.
I've saved my best til last. I was a bit nervous about the wings as I'd enjoyed them so much before. They weren't quite as good this time as they had gone a little cool due to the mass-catering aspect of the evening. If they were as hot as they would be on a normal evening, they would have been perfect. Big, juicy wings, perfectly cooked and seasoned and tossed in a beautiful habanero butter sauce. The sauce is similar to buffalo but less astringent for those of you who aren't into vinegar!
The wings are my favourite item on the menu and so far, the BEST IN BRUM.
Want to disagree? Tell me- where are your best wings in Brum?
But it wasn't quite over as we were treated to another cocktail, an Espresso Martini with just the right kick of sweet coffee.
The evening ended with a Rocky Road bowl of decadent chocolate, marshmallow and honeycomb.
Nosh and Quaff has become a recommendable location for me because of the location, atmosphere and most of all the chicken wings. I'd pop the Rocky Road in there too because it's such a treat.
Prices are around £12 for wings, burgers and hot dogs, £18 for ribs and £25 for lobster.
Nosh and Quaff
Photos by Helen and Edd
Food and drink were complimentary to celebrate one year of Nosh and Quaff.