Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Review: Old Dresser Cafe

Well, what can I say?  It has been the craziest of times lately - life has been turned upside down for us all.  Although I've not been blogging/Tweeting too much lately, I hope that you're okay and that you're staying safe and well.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

Literally, the weekend before lockdown we managed to squeeze in a meal at the Old Dresser Cafe in Bearwood, just across the Birmingham border, on the main Bearwood Road (by the primary school).

It's been on my radar for a while after hearing some positive plaudits, so I'm glad we had the opportunity to visit.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

Old Dresser Cafe upon first inspection looks and seems quintessentially English, with its name, chintzy object d'art and Union Jack imagery.  However, take a look at the menu and it has a heavy bias towards Polish cuisine with a little sprinkle of Mediterranean influence, so there is a little bit of mixed messaging happening.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

The restaurant is run by 2 Polish guys who are promoting their repertoire of Polish cuisine with a host of Polish spirits and beers if you fancy a change from a pint Carling or a glass of chardonnay.  MCH had Debowe (meaning oak) beer and I had a couple of glasses of quince flavoured vodka.

MCH had the 5 Course Special (£40) which was meat and fish laden.  He absolutely loved it, true home cooked style, good portion sizes and everything he exclaimed was delicious.

Vegetarian Bigos:   Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

I wished that they had the Polish stalwart Pierogi (filled dumplings) on the menu, but alas no.  However, they did have Vegetarian Bigos which I love having when I can.  Cabbage, sauerkraut and mushroom stew with a tart, sour hit to it.  Served with slices of homemade soda bread, hearty and filling.  Just a thought, it would've been good to see a couple more Polish vegetarian items on the menu so I could've had more to choose from.

Celebration Cake:  Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

Both of us had a slice of Celebration Cake from the menu which was very moist, moussey, very much like a party/birthday cake, but it made for a 'just enough' lighter dessert option rather something too heavy.

It's a really nice little find and the guys put their heart and soul into the food and try to make it a home-from-home experience which makes it all the more endearing.

Obviously in these unprecedented times, visiting the restaurant for a sit down meal isn't possible, but I note that they are open for deliveries and takeaways.  If you feel like trying something different, then do give them a try and in turn you'll be supporting local community, business and economy.  Smacznego! 

Note:  I paid for my food and drinks in full.  The venue did not know I was visiting or that I am a blogger or that I would be conducting a review/article.