Sampling Brunch at Malmaison Birmingham

January 30th, 2014


The Sunday Brunch at Birmingham’s swish Malmaison may well be one of the city’s best kept gastronomic secrets but this will not be the case for long. Put quite simply, the delicious delights available on both the chef’s table, and the menu as a whole, mean that this is one meal that foodie’s definitely need to sample. Proudly boasting to being the biggest Sunday lunch in town, the unlimited Sunday treat is both great quality and great value.

With fellow bloggers Lisa and Emily Jayne in the Wine Cellar at Malmaison.

With fellow bloggers Lisa and Emily Jayne in the Wine Cellar at Malmaison.

I was invited along to Sunday Brunch last week, and was really interested to go along to sample it. I often pop into the Birmingham Mal for meetings, grabbing a coffee or a quick glass of wine, but I had never actually eaten there. This was a good opportunity to see what both the food, and the general atmosphere is like.

The lovely Tara Tomes of the East Village agency was there to meet all the guests with the Nation’s favourite hangover tipple, the proverbial hair of the dog that is the Bloody Mary. I must admit that I am not a fan of Bloody Mary’s, mainly because I hate tomatoes, but what I can say about the Malmaison version is that it is packed with fresh tomatoes, and has quite a kick to it, especially if you add an extra splash of Tabasco sauce!

The Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary

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Bucks Fizz

Next it was onto one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of the brunch, a specially selected chef’s table and pancake station. This was, quite frankly, amazing. There were a range of cold cuts, from Chorizo, honey glazed and Serrano ham(absolutely gorgeous), ham hock, Duck and Pork Terrines and many more sumptuous delicacies. I loved the Caesar salad, the extremely tasty cous cous, and the choice of many different breads. For those who required something sweater, there was the pancake station, where you could have a freshly cooked pancake with many choices of fillings, including Smarties for those with the sweetest of sweet teeth.

Photograph credit Ryan Phillips

Photograph credit Ryan Phillips

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Photograph credit Ryan Phillips

The Chef's table

The Chef’s table

For my main I decided against a brunch option of Eggs Benedict or brunch because I’m not a fan of eggs. Instead I opted for the classic ‘Steak Frites’ which is a marinated rump steak with skin-on fries. This was just delicious. The steak was juicy and perfectly cooked (I like my steak medium – pink, but not with blood running). The portion size was just right and the skin-on fries were crunchy on the outside, but soft and fluffy in the centre.

Steak Frites

Steak Frites

Despite the fact I felt pleasantly full, the dessert option is just too good to miss. My choice was Sticky Toffee pudding. This is always a favourite of mine, but one which is sometimes spoiled with the addition of dates. The Malmaison version is just so mouth-watering good. It has the appearance of a real comfort dish, but is surprisingly light and delicate. The toffee is flavoursome and I loved the ice cream, which was served in a separate dish. The addition of chopped walnuts on the top added a crunchy edge to this already amazing dish.

Sticky Toffee pudding - so delicious!

Sticky Toffee pudding – so delicious!

I really cannot enthuse enough about the Malmaison Sunday offering. The choice, value and service is all second to non, and the relaxed, but definitely buzzing atmosphere makes dining a really pleasurable experience.

The Mal on Sunday unlimited option costs just £19.95 per head for adults, £7.95 for children.

You can view a full menu here.

 



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