Roadtrip to Birmingham for the weekend, I was excited to be back on homeground and see Moseley village buzzing. Moseley is based in South Birmingham, and has an eceletic bohemian restaurant scene. The High Street and Woodbridge Road are Moseley’s restaurant rows, and it has changed considerably over the last few years with some lovely well run independent offerings – with high quality ingredients and freshly cooked food.
Moseley also has a vibrant monthly Farmers market every third Saturday of the month which sees a mixture of crafts and delicatessen style goodies. While the weather is good it’s worth checking this out or if the market isn’t on in the square, then ‘Maison Mayci’ is suitably impressive with freshly baked bread, pastries, cured meats and olives and, Cannon Hill Park is just a short walk away with a beautiful lake and Nature centre worth exploring.
For other lunch options on the high street there is ‘La Plancha’ and ‘The Cross’, as well as some great pubs to choose from ‘The Fighting Cocks’, has recently been refurbished and also has a great beer garden as does ‘The Prince of Wales’ some of the best in Birmingham.
The restaurants on Woodbridge road are some of the best and the choice is a of worldwide culinary cuisine. This weekend we tried Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant which was absolutely packed by the time we arrived and the food did not dissapoint – we choose the Softshell crab and mixed platter to start, followed by Ginger and lemongrass Seabass and Seafood chilli and holy basil, the ingredients were fresh and the dishes authentic Thai, the service was excellent and very freindly but not overly so, well worth a visit.
The following evening we ventured to an Italian named ‘ Ponte di Legno’ , which is a BYOB and promised to be good, we were sat straightaway without a reservation and the service was also attentive and good. For starters we choose Scallops with Spinach which were well cooked and a Carpaccio of beef, slightly overseared and marinated in vinegar, which didn’t work for me as it was too acidic and made me wonder why they had done the dish in this way. For the main we choose a Steak Diane medium rare which was good and I opted for the special Tagliatelle with Lobster, unfortunately for an Italian restaurant what should have been a staple dish, was overcooked pasta smoothered in creamy tomato sauce , which completely killed the delicate flavour of Lobster. On the plus side Chef does know how to cook fish well and the Scallops and Lobster were very well cooked.
The other restaurants on Woodbridge road range from Morrocan to Indian – Birmingham’s second staple cuisine of curry, with Kabbabish leading the way in Indian restaurants in Birmingham and definitely worth having on your ‘must-visit’ list next time your in Brum!