August has been a pretty special month for Fashion-Mommy. As well as celebrating two years of this blog, I was also celebrating seven years of being married to my long-suffering other half, and the only place I really wanted to celebrate was at MPW in The Cube.
Marco Pierre White’ s Birmingham Steakhouse has been a huge success since it opened at the end of last year, with the most fantastic word of mouth reviews for the food, service and ambiance. I was lucky enough to attend the launch party earlier this year, where guests were treated to fabulous canapes that hinted at the delights at the menu, so I was determined to make time to sample the full delights of the menu.
With thanks to MPW’s general manager Mark, and to a very lovely friend, Kym Rowlingson, our night began in the best way possible, with a wonderful window table that afforded us the amazing views of the 2nd City from the 25th floor of The Cube. Birmingham looks very different from such a vantage point, and it was interesting trying to spot different city landmarks. Champagne was presented at our table, a lovely gift from Kym and her hubby, almost bringing a tear to my eyes as I tried to choose from a menu with so many mouth-watering choices.
For the first course I opted for one of my favourite dishes in the world, French Onion Soup. This was perfect. The sweet onions combined with the large Gruyère crouton was so tasty, and yet light, a really great start to the menu. For a main course we both decided on steak (what else?). I chose a fillet, whilst Pete opted for the t-bone. I love béarnaise sauce, so that was something that had to be added to the dish.
The steak was simply sensational. I like my steak medium rare and this was just so tender, the knife simply slipped through it. The accompaniments of chunky chips cooked in beef dripping were also fabulous, crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside – basically – the perfect chip. I also loved the onion rings with a really tasty beer batter.
The relaxed and chilled atmosphere of MPW means there is no pressure to rush through courses, so there was plenty of time for a little break with a glass of champers on the terrace. The glistening lights of the city looked so pretty, and it was just wonderful to get the opportunity to savour that view, whilst thinking of the delights on offer for dessert.
And so for dessert. And you can probably guess that I’m a dessert sort of person. And so I was just spoiled for choice…except that a little earlier I’d seen someone at another table served with a chocolate dream of desert in a martini glass. I’d just known that was the pud for me…and I wasn’t wrong! The chocolate mouse was just sublime. light, fluffy, really chocolately…and with a biscuit surprise at the bottom. Also, the plate had been decorated with Happy anniversary, which was just another really special touch.
Everything about the evening was just perfect, and I must commend our waitress for the evening, who was warm, friendly, funny and a total credit to Marco’s. I would recommend MPW to everyone, the food is amazing, service is great, and the views are just wonderful.
With thanks to @MarkatMarcos and Kym Rowlingson, who both ensured our evening was wonderful.xx