I love eating out and enjoy trying out new restaurants, new cuisines and new flavours. And why not? If you live in or are closer to one of the larger cities you can try cuisines from all over the world. Mediterranean cuisine is not new to the British High Street, but it is difficult to find traditional, authentic Mediterranean cuisine. I'll put my hands up and say, I have visited Spanish chain restaurants, but when I have eaten at independent run restaurants, the food has always been far superior.
I was recently invited to Byzantium Mediterranean Tapas restaurant, to celebrate the launch of their upper room (more about that later in the post). Located in the leafy Kings Heath (around 4 miles from Birmingham City Centre), the restaurant is accessible via public transport and also in good company of other trendy independent restaurants. Following me previewing their new space for parties and larger groups, I was kindly asked to return to review their lunch menu and after a long week at work, a Mediterranean tapas feast was the great way to spend enjoying my Saturday. I visited with my friend and chose to sit near the window (if the weather was better, I would have sat outside) as I enjoy people watching.
There are two lunch time menus, one which has the choice of salads, sandwiches and tapas and also a Lunchtime Specials menu, whereby you can chose 3 tapas dishes for £7.95. The lunchtime menu tapas are slightly smaller version of the regular tapas (this it to be expected as it is lunchtime). There is a wealth of food choices from the tapas menu, vegetarian? No worries, there are delightful tapas dishes such as Zalouk (aubergine dip), Spanish omelette and Stuffed Mushrooms, amongst others. As a meat and chicken lover I was spoiled for choice with tapas such as Chicken Skewers, Meatballs and Lamb Koftas. I tried a sample of chicken, meat and vegetarian tapas - well as they say variety is the spice of life. Flatbread, hummus, Meatballs, Patatas Bravas, Stuffed Mushrooms and Chicken Skewers, I was able to sample the wonderful range of Mediterranean cuisine.
First up was the flatbreads, which were perfectly baked and delightful. I loved the charcoal presentation and this was the perfect accompaniment to the hummus. The hummus was moist and a lovely hint of garlic and lemon and the ideal dipping accompaniment. I couldn't go to a Mediterranean restaurant and not sample the Patatas Bravas, crispy diced potatoes cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. There was enough in the tapas to comfortably serve 2.
I'm a sucker for Spanish meatballs, plump and rich. The other tapas dishes which I sampled, I thoroughly enjoyed too, the chicken skewers were juicy and lightly seasoned. The stuffed mushrooms were stuffed with tomatoes, red peppers and Parmesan, a wonderful contrast to the the meat dishes I chose.
|Me a Byzantium|
As stated earlier in the post, I sampled some of the tapas dishes that was served in the upper room, perfect for Christmas parties. The food that I tasted was simply divine and I would certainly go back to sample their Tapas range.
Positives: I loved the home cooking /rustic feel, delightful, scrumptious and tasteful food.
Negatives: I was hard pressed on thinking of one to be honest.
Overall: A fantastic authentic Mediterranean restaurant.
I dined as a guest of Byzantium.