Christmas comes to MPW in The Cube

Christmas came a little early to Birmingham’s iconic Cube building, when Marco Pierre White’s popular restaurant hosted a ‘White Christmas’ tasting event, treating bloggers and food writers to a glamorous evening of Champagne, turkey and crackers, as well as what must be the most breathtaking view in Birmingham.

The restaurant is getting ready to launch its festive set menu, which will be available to parties of 10 or more people. In addition, this was an opportunity to showcase the private dining suite, which, with glass on three sides of the room, offers those exquisite views that MPW is quite rightly famous for.

private-dining3We started the evening with Champagne in the main body of the restaurant. MPW was very busy as it was Friday night, and the atmosphere was very lively. We soon moved into the much quieter environs of the private dining suite which looked very festive, with a Christmas tree and a table decorated with mini parcels, snowflakes and crackers.

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For my starter I had chosen Marco’s Winter Prawn Cocktail Salad. If I’m being honest, I don’t know what made it a specifically Winter Prawn cocktail, but it was certainly delicious, with lots of very fresh tasting prawns and a flavoursome seafood sauce. This was a substantial starter and I loved how it was served in a cocktail glass for that ultimate retro styled treat.

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There were some lovely choices for the main course, including Sea Bass and Rib-eye Steak, but as this was a Christmas meal I felt I had to opt for the traditional turkey. I was so pleased that I did. The turkey was stuffed with Marco’s homemade stuffing, which was very tasty, with a herb/meat flavour that perfectly complimented the turkey. The turkey itself was very succulent, it can be a dry meat, but this was certainly not the case here, helped immensely by the Pancetta it had been wrapped in. There were also other, delicious elements to this meal – the gorgeous goose fat roasties and cubed potatoes, the pigs in blankets that were wrapped in delectable salty bacon that was just so crispy. The only element I didn’t eat was the Cranberry sauce – this was merely a personal choice as I am not a fan of Cranberry other than in Vodka!

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Of course, Christmas dining is all about indulgence, so I was more than happy to choose a very rich, chocolate option when it came to dessert. The Double chocolate cheesecake with mini marshmallows was exquisite – it looked divine and tasted as good as it looked, with rich chocolate and a biscuit base. Basically heaven in the form of a cheesecake.

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The festive menu at MPW in The Cube is simply lovely, and at £40 per head for three courses, I think this is a great option for a work Christmas meal, or a family celebration.

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For more menu options and booking information, visit http://www.mpwsteakhousebirmingham.co.uk/christmas

Family Fever

Afternoon tea at The Laurent Perrier Champagne Lounge

Friday was a bit of a special day in my calendar, as I took my lovely mom to experience the new afternoon High Tea at the Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar at Marco Pierre White’s 25th floor restaurant in The Cube, Birmingham. As a lover of high tea (especially scones and cream) this had been the perfect invitation for me, and I was delighted to be given a chance to savor the flavours.

We arrived a little early, so decided to make the most of the lovely sunshine and hot weather by enjoying a drink on the terrace. MPW has what is agreed are the best panoramic views of Birmingham, you can have great fun trying to spot local landmarks for way up high. It was also a good excuse to sample those famous Mr McQueen chairs that adorn the terrace.

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The Laurent Perrier Champagne lounge has just had a refurbishment and it looks lovely – all metallic grey quilting, teamed with glossy black. We sat down near a window (all the better to enjoy those views) and we given a glass of champagne whilst we waited for our afternoon tea. We also ordered tea. I stuck to my traditional English breakfast, but fruit teas and coffee were also available. And then tea arrived.

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DSCN7279As you can see, it all looked delicious and was plentiful. We started with the sandwiches, cheese and fruit pickle, ham and mustard, and smoked salmon and cucumber – these were all perfect choices for afternoon tea, and were served the traditional way – with the crusts removed. My favourite was the cheese with the fruity chutney – the tangy fruit was absolutely delicious. Next we moved onto the cake selection, mini bite-size favourites that included a chocolate brownie, a split cream donut, mini cheesecake and chocolate eclair. All were delicious, but my personal favourite was the Carrot Cake that had a real taste of warm cinnamon running through it.

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Not much left!

DSCN7281We finally moved on to my favourite section of afternoon tea – the scones and cream. These warm fruit scones were huge, although I have to admit that not being a sultana fan, I would prefer a plain option. However they were delicious, really moist and fresh tasting. There was a small jar of raspberry jam that was nowhere near enough for the four scones presented, but staff were more than happy to bring extra jars to the table. The cream was very tasty, and there was lots of it, but I am not sure it was clotted cream, it tasted more like a fresh cream.  However, we were getting so full by this point that we were not able to finish the scones – I guess you can get all caked out!

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DSCN7289Overall, I was pretty impressed with the afternoon tea on offer. The lovely location makes the dining experience special, and the staff are friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the relaxed atmosphere helps you to relax and enjoy your food. It is also the perfect place if you want to get dressed up and celebrate a birthday, upcoming wedding, or just enjoy a day out with your mom or friends.

The afternoon high tea, when served with a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut costs £29.99 per person. Served with a glass of Laurent Perrier Rosé Brut it costs £35.99per person with £1 of each sale being donated to Cure Leukaemia. Click here for more information.

With thanks to Sarah Morris, The Ed James Group, and staff at MPW in The Cube.

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MPW in The Cube – Simply Wonderful!

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