Strada Kids Party at the Birmingham Mailbox

Half term week had a special treat for Joe and I when we were invited to a special party at Strada in the Birmingham Mailbox. It was a lot of fun, with pizza making and activity packs for the children, and Prosecco and fine food for the adults. The children also got the chance to try dishes from the Strada Squad menu, a menu that has been specially approved by a panel of children acting as taste testers.

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Joe took a turn with the camera

Joe took a turn with the camera

The day started with the pizza making session. Pizza bases and a range of toppings were provided and the children all had great fun designing their own pizza. Joe was really happy to be one of the first to finish, using chicken, pepperoni, ham and cheese and tomato. It really did look delicious, and this was proved once it had been baked – he literally ate every morsel.

Waiting to make Pizza

Waiting to make Pizza

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Joe's pizza - ready for the oven

Joe’s pizza – ready for the oven

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Ready to eat.

Ready to eat.

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The adults weren’t left out when it came to food either. Strada has a daily set menu that offers two courses for £9.95 and three courses for £11.95. I chose the Chicken Liver Pate, which was a smooth pate that came on toast, with crispy Parmesan shavings. It was delicious, with the cheese adding a lovely flavour to the pate. I also liked that the pate was smooth – I struggle with the coarser varieties.

Delicious chicken pate

Delicious chicken pate

Enjoying a glass of fizz

Enjoying a glass of fizz

For our main courses, both Joe and I opted for steak. I was shocked that Joe was still eating, but he has the appetite of a horse lately, and really enjoyed his first experience of steak, which had been chargrilled. The steak was accompanied with French Fries which were lovely, well seasoned and crispy. My steak was a British Rump which came with skin on fries. I had it medium and really enjoyed it, especially teamed with the fries. The steak was a good quality cut, and was both tender and juicy.

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After two courses I was feeling rather full, but was really glad that I had chosen a dessert. I love Ice Cream, and often find it a great way to finish a meal, as it is light and refreshing. The Affogato though, is something I have never tried, vanilla ice cream drenched in a shot of hot espresso. The contrast, as the hot liquid falls on the freezing ice is just amazing, and when the ice cream starts to melt, the coffee creaminess is so delicious. Definitely something I would love to try again.

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Joe should’ve been all pizza’d out, but wanted his favourite dessert, the chocolate and hazlenut pizzetta, which is like a warm chocolate pizza. Due to eating so much, he wasn’t able to finish it, but loved the flavour and the fact that this is a dessert you can easily eat with your hands.

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We had a wonderful afternoon at the Strada party, the food was lovely, staff very friendly and helpful, and Joe loved the company of the other children. If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant where both kids and adults will be satisfied, check out your local Strada.

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“My entry for the Fire Label best dressed baking award.”

 

Strada launches a new kids menu

 

I often take my six year old Joe into Birmingham, either to visit museums, or currently to hunt for owls. A trip to Birmingham always includes food, but, if I’m honest, Strada is not usually my first choice. But this is about to change with the launch of a new Strada Kids menu that offers delicious choices that are a world away from the ‘chicken nuggets and chips’ options that kids are so often offered.

To celebrate the launch of ‘The Strada Squad Menu’ I was invited to bring Joe to a special tasting session at Strada in Birmingham’s Mailbox. The idea was that Joe could sample some of the dishes on the new menu, and, even more exciting, he would have the opportunity to make his very own pizza with the Strada chef. The menu has not only been designed with children in mind, it has also been judged and approved by a panel of children, ranging from Will, who is 5, to Izabella who is the oldest of the panel at the grand old age of 9.

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The new Strada Squad menu

We arrived at Strada and the adults enjoyed a glass of fizz whilst the children got involved in decorating their chefs hats. Strada is a glamorous, modern restaurant, but the children were not out of place, lots of effort had been put in to make the area child friendly. The children’s menu itself opens out into an activity sheet, and the new characters, Ollie & Tara-Misu are cute and pleasing for younger diners.

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Joe makes his chefs hat

Once the chef’s hats were ready, the children were presented with a Strada apron and began the task of making their own pizzas. The Strada chef demonstrated how to spread the tomato sauce evenly and then add the toppings, and the children got stuck in, having fabulous fun in the process. Joe opted for cheese, ham and pepperoni, but there were a myriad of toppings to choose from, so every pizza looked completely different. The Strada staff were really patient with the children and the event was well organised – every child received the correct pizza and looked so proud when they arrived.

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The children get stuck in.

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As well as pizza, a selection of starters were also available to sample. The garlic flatbread was very tasty and was a popular choice, whilst Joe enjoyed the carrots that were part of the veggie dippers, but was not so keen on the tomato sauce. There were also starters from the adult menu – Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta which was packed with tomatoes, and Melon and Parma ham which was rather delicious due to the sticky balsamic dressing.

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Joe’s finished pizza ready for the oven

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Garlic Flatbread

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Bruschetta

The food was plentiful and continued to come. The mains on the Strada Squad menu include Rigatoni Pomodoro, Seasoned Vegetable Risotto and 6oz British Steak. Joe had opted for Chargrilled Chicken, and this was delicious, a lovely smoked chicken which he chose to have with fries that had been seasoned to perfection. All mains can also be accompanied with a side salad to make a truly healthy option, but most of the children seemed to be enjoying the chips!

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Joe’s finished pizza was delicious

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chargrilled chicken strips and seasoned fries

The Strada Squad menu is a really good idea, and with any starter, main course, drink and dessert coming in at just £6.50, this is also a good value option too, especially when combined with an adult set menu which has two courses for £9.95. It certainly makes for a really nice dining experience that is a cut above the average MacDonalds lunch.

*With thanks to Strada Birmingham for the invitation.