Sunday, December 13, 2015
A restaurant review
As I’m handed the menu in a restaurant, my eyes are always scanning for and/or drawn to the grill section. You see a good dinner out for me would typically be a good piece of quality steak (unless it’s an Italian where I tend to choose pasta); very rarely would I opt for fish, although this is completely opposite to what I do at home where I eat a lot of fish and very little red meat.
A few weeks ago my friend introduced me to the fish bar and grill, Le Monde, a charming specialist seafood restaurant located in Birmingham’s bustling Brindley Place. From the outside, you’d be forgiven for walking past the joint without paying it much attention since it’s entrance is just a standard door, slightly hidden, which leads you up a couple of flights of stairs to the sizeable and darkly elegant dining area.
As I sat down at the table, whilst having a mini burst of excitement about the Christmas cracker at my place setting, I did my usual ritual of seeking out the meat options; however, being a fish restaurant meant the menu, as you’d expect, was brimming with seafood dishes – although it caters nicely for meat eaters and vegetarians as well - which all looked enticing enough for me to forgo the meat on this occasion. In fact, it was probably the display of fresh fish in the iced seafood counter that really swung it for me; being able to see the uncooked version of what I’m about to eat really does have some appeal.
I opted for the monkfish, not the most sustainable option to go for but I like its meatier texture; he went for the lobster and she went for the vegetarian tartlet. We shared a couple of side orders of new potatoes and tenderstem broccoli which, in my opinion, would have been more than enough for two people but with there being a third person we decided to indulge in an extra side of new potatoes to ensure our bellies were full.
Why did I decide to blog about this eatery as opposed to all the other eateries I frequent on a weekly basis? Well, it ticks all the boxes I commend restaurants on: good, attentive and friendly service; imposing décor, even the toilets were inviting; hot, high quality food (I hate being served lukewarm food); a distinctive offering in an easily accessible location; and the fact that I didn't know about it suggests that I should shout about it so others can benefit. It’s not the cheapest, but if all the above are important to you, it’s worth it! A healthy diet should include at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish, and this is a great little place to visit once in a while to help achieve that recommendation - nope, this isn't a sponsored post!
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