Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve had a bout of insomnia and turns out that after a full day of trying to focus at work my brain is not overly keen on trying to focus enough to let me write food related blog posts (apparently “The food’s alright” is not enough description).
Anyway, as this is about what I had for lunch fairly recently, I thought I’d scribble it up during my lunch break. Part of my day-job involves going to a fair few meeting room venues in Birmingham and there are two things that become worth noting; the lack of bins in meeting rooms and the food – obviously.
Last month we were at The Studio on Cannon St in Birmingham city centre for an event with a group of university students. The event itself was fantastic, the group were really engaged and the speakers were brilliant. They’re pretty intense days for the participants and for those of us running the events they’re fairly similar so it was really nice to sit down to lunch and having something a bit more substantial than sandwiches. Choices that day were beef brisket with mash or aubergine with polenta – plus a chocolate tart for pudding…yes pudding! The most consistent comment on our feedback after the session was about the food and I don’t blame the students because it was great. I enjoyed it so much I even tweeted a couple of photos.
So when The Studio Birmingham got in contact to see if I’d like to come down for a menu tasting to help give feedback on their new spring/summer menu I was more than pleased to do so. They change the menu about every three months or so and the dishes we were sampling were clearly designed for the transitional months; there’s plenty of lovely fresh food and bright colours to welcome in the warmer months but a nice amount of heartiness to keep you going during a long conference day.
There were six different days’ options and whilst I attempted to try as much as I could, there were a few stand outs to me…which thankfully have made the cut. My favourite main dish was the Vietnamese coconut chicken with rice which was lovely and flavoursome with ripped chicken that stayed moist and a sauce which was delightfully spiced but light enough that it would send you to sleep after lunch. The vegetarian Yuk Sung with minced quorn served in baby little gem lettuce had such a striking look and tasted delightful; light enough for spring with the lettuce but teh sherry/soy flavours gave it a nice hint of warmth. There were some fantastic puddings which have made it onto the new menu too; mixed berry cranachan, strawberry milk jelly and my favourite – the salted caramel popcorn cheesecake!
Disclosure: I was invited down to The Studio Birmigham’s menu tasting by their PR team. I wasn’t required to blog about it or say anything nice; the opinions and the photos are my own, please don’t steal them, the photos – god knows why you’d want to steal my opinions.