Sunday, December 13, 2015

LE MONDE

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!










Happy Festive Holidays x

11 comments:

  1. Good evening Colleen! As u know Im vegetarian, but sometimes I do like to indulge in some kind of fish as well. This place sounds marvelous, very chic, refined and the quality of food so high. I like they got vegetarian options too, I notice here in my city few restaurants of seafood got this alternative. I like the decor too. You were so gorgeous, Im in love with ur headband! Hope u had a nice weekend, enjoy the new week! Hugs! xo

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    1. This is the only fish specialist restaurant I know of in my city too. Yes I've substituted my hats for headbands now ha x

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  2. hi! oh boy, the place sounds incredible and I love the pictures - I got hungry by just looking at them haha! I really like the design of your blog, by the way! and you really looked lovely :)

    xoxo

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  3. I like fish but seafood restaurants tend to be kind of boring and don't concentrate on teh sides! though I love buerre blanc so that helps hehe xx

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    1. There was quite a lot of choice here but I'm not a hugely adventurous eater myself x

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  4. Aahh dear Colleen. You made me again mouthwatering. The food looks so delicous. Your picture are very appealing. The place looks very fine. (Inviting toilets are very importantly for me too)
    Thank you for remembering me to eat fish more often. Have a very nice week

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  5. I always think the toilets say a lot about a restaurant ha ha!

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  6. You are so right, dear Colleen, when a restaurant is like this, it is a must! Friendly service, amazing decoration (even toilets were nice!) and hot food - I don't mind much when it's lukewarm, but I know it's a flaw - food must be served hot, of course! I really loved the photos - though you know I don't eat fish (or I think you know), but surely I can and will recommend this restaurant to friends who love fish (and live in B-ham!) Thank you for that - and by the way, you look suuuuper sweet and beautiful!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  7. Dear Colleen, this is very interesting that you mostly eat a steak in a restaurant. But I have to admit although I eat very rarely meat sometimes I enjoy also a steak - but it must be very good :) And food must be hot for me in each case! Wish you a happy 4th weekend of Advent <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  8. Wow!! the photos of the restaurant and the food made me hungry:) I'm not a sea food lover but the quality and the inviting place actually made me think about the opption to at least try it (I never tried sea food - it always repulses me:)! you look lovely as always!!! the headband looks 10 on you!!! kisses

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