COME for the views and stay for the food at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill.
Based on the 25th floor of the Birmingham’s already iconic Cube, the celebrity chef’s latest restaurant boasts 360-degree sunset views across the city.
My partner and I arrived early Friday evening and were shown to a table by the window.
One of first things that hits you about the restaurant, aside from it’s crisp yet plush decor, is the friendliness and helpfulness of its staff.
Our attentive waiter recommended the calamari to start for my partner while I plumped for one of Marco’s specialities, the Potage of Mussels Billy.
The calamari was perfectly cooked, with none of the rubbery texture that can be associated with squid, while my mussels were tender and plentiful, served in a bowl of steaming cream sauce.
My one criticism would be that the single small slice of bread was woefully inadequate to soak up all the sauce.
At a steakhouse, we felt we couldn’t ignore the restaurant’s star attraction and both chose steak for main; mine a fillet and my partner’s a sirloin.
Both arrived a little more cooked than expected, as my rare appeared to be at least medium-rare, but from the first bite, the steak simply melted in the mouth, without a hint of fat or gristle.
Served alongside a generous portion of onion rings, tomato and dripping chips which were to die for, served in a cute mini copper pot.
The superb red, as recommended by our waiter, was also a great accompaniment to the dish.
Finally onto desserts and we both chose the divine stick toffee pudding with toffee sauce which was deliciously moreish without being over-sweet.
Billed as ‘affordable luxury’, a trip to Marco Pierre’s isn’t cheap (our bill came to around £140 including drinks) but with fantastic food, stunning views and a modern, elegant restaurant, it is a must-do treat for any special occasion.