Sunday, 17 December 2017

Food: Nosh and Quaff

Style: American    Location: Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre

Price: ££ (Around £25 for a main, side and cocktail)

The venue

Nosh and Quaff opened in 2015, with a simple menu of American comfort food- burgers, the best chicken wings, lobster etc etc. Since then, the menu has expanded (and the prices reduced a little) with some marvellous additions.

It's well located on Victoria Square, in a beautiful old bank building. It's set on two floors, with the upstairs going for a New York loft bar type vibe, the downstairs being more classic, with marble walls, some cosy booths and warm lighting.

You can have a full meal or pop upstairs to the bar for a drink.


While they make a big deal of having plenty of cold beers on tap, I've always enjoyed the cocktails at Nosh and Quaff. Think fruity twists on classics, with good quality ingredients.

The food

We think we know southern-style American cooking. We think southern fried chicken, but it's so often dry and overly peppery. I haven't been to the south of America, but I have had chicken and waffles in New York and it was my favourite meal of the trip. You're looking for big, airy, fluffy waffles, topped with juicy chicken with a crispy, tasty coating. Luckily, you can try this at Nosh and Quaff. Double-Dutch Chicken Waffle (£7.95) is two big waffles, topped with two pieces of their southern fried chicken, served alongside sticky maple syrup.

I picked the Chicken Licken (£12.95) purely because it came with Alabama white BBQ sauce. I first heard of it on Master of None, never expecting to be able to find it. My meal was a pile of that tasty chicken, alongside slaw and that BBQ sauce. The chicken is moist and tasty, but the sauce is the star. Take any thoughts of red, sweet BBQ sauce from your mind. This is proper smoky, rich BBQ sauce, but with a surprise acidity which cut through the chicken perfectly. Made fresh by the chefs in the kitchen, I really recommend you try this!

I also asked for some hot sauce. The server kindly bought over two different types: hot sauce and buffalo sauce. Both were delicious but the buffalo sauce is a knockout. Buttery, hot and acidic, it's just perfect. I dunked my tasty chicken happily into the sauce.

Nosh and Quaff is a super place to visit with friends this winter. Go and fill your bellies with tasty comfort food done well. For those wanting something a little fresher, try one of their classic American salads, or give the lobster a go.

Photos by Helen, except internal shots, which are press photos. 

Thanks to Paul Fulford for inviting me to try Nosh and Quaff and for being my dining partner for the evening. Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes. 

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