As we now lean into the latter part of November, the jollity of Christmas is only a heartbeat away and thoughts turn to celebrating the festive season.
The beauty of Christmas is that you can justify treating yourself to something a little extra when it comes to eating out whether that be with family, friends or work colleagues.
|Views of Birmingham|
For those who are au fait with Birmingham, already know Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse (MPW) in The Cube and that it provides an ambience of that kind of ‘something special’, unrivaled views of the city and that it is a popular haunt for those that enjoy the experience of eating and drinking at height (the restaurant is on the 25th floor).
Introducing the ‘Merry & White’ Christmas menu at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse, myself and a number of other local bloggers were invited to experience the menu and the private dining facility. I for one was there to sample the Steakhouse’s vegetarian offering and to see how they cater for those that observe meat-free diets.
It was Friday night and the main restaurant was alive with diners surrounded by views of the gloriously twinkly lit-up Birmingham suburbs below offering a preview for the evening ahead.
Taken into the private dining room for the meal, we were greeted by a beautifully laid table in the middle of the room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city below with the Birmingham wheel and annual German Christmas Market in our eyeline.
The Head Chef Simon, introduced the courses by stating that the vegetables used are sourced locally, (purchased from farms he passes on the way to work), and are seasonal where possible.
For vegetarians, although the menu only has one option on it, the restaurant is open to enquiries and can discuss the feasibility of offering alternatives or indeed can accommodate additional dietary requirements.
My meal started with the Roast Vine Tomato Soup With Aged Balsamic. Creamy, tasty and richly intense it was a delicious way to start the meal and others that had that option too were of the same opinion.
My main course was the Goat’s Cheese Fritter, Fine Beans, New Potatoes and Blush Tomato Tapenade. The vegetables and potatoes were perfectly cooked and the tapenade acted as a delightful sauce for them. The fritter worked well with the vegetables although it did benefit from some additional cranberry sauce that I asked for which helped to break up the sharpness of the cheese. But a nice vegetarian course nevertheless.
|Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce|
For dessert I opted for the Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce. The pudding was suitably rich with plump dried fruit but I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t made on-site although it comes from a local supplier which ties in with restaurant’s ‘sourced local’ approach.
The private dining room is a unique opportunity to enjoy having your own retreat within the restaurant and enjoy the views whether that be day or night (both have their own beauty), which over Christmas will only add to your experience and one that I thoroughly relished myself.
Although I know some vegetarians won’t be comfortable eating at a Steakhouse, but do consider that vegetarians are catered for at MPW, that it means your dining party will all be accommodated for and you will have a joyful experience to remember.
So yes, that was my first 2014 Christmas encounter and I hope that you will have the opportunity to make it part of your Christmas festivities too and in the words of Marco, hope your Christmas plans are ‘Merry & White’!
Notes: For details about the Private Dining facility and/or for Christmas bookings, contact the Events team via www.mpwsteakhousebirmingham.co.uk/group-bookings or call 0121 634 3433.
Disclosure: This post has been written following a kind invitation from MPW Birmingham to sample their Christmas menu and private dining facilities. This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review. For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website.