We all know Birmingham has an abundance of cutting edge restaurants, Michelin stars and quirky bistros. However, this Valentines Day why not try something different?
No-one wants to spend the Night Of Love in a gimmicky restaurant where endless tables of two are so tightly positioned you can feel the breath of your neighbour’s whispered conversation. There’s nothing worse than Valentines Day conveyor belt dinners, laced with scattered petals, hushed music and an overwhelming feeling of awkwardness.
If you’re looking for a mellow but sophisticated night out in a fun, romantic environment check out Resorts World at the NEC this Valentines weekend.
We started our romantic evening watching OSCAR nominated film Spotlight at the Cineworld (which has 11 screens, eight 3D and an all-singing all-dancing IMAX screen). Our imitate screening was perfect for a Valentines night treat with less than 100 seats, all rich, red velvet.
Afterwards we headed downstairs to Robata Bar & Grill for dinner, a Japanese inspired eatery using a robata charcoal grill. The restaurant has a relaxed vibe, it’s chic and stylish with an open kitchen at one end creating European, Australasian and Pan Asian dishes.
The menu has something for everyone whether you’re a fan of gourmet burgers or fancy trying something more authentic like a Jungle Curry. I ordered grilled squid skewer stuffed with crab, spring onion and sweet chilli. It was delicious, light with a great combination of flavours.
My husband ordered Jangjorim – Korean braised beef cheek with wasabi gnocchi, which he really enjoyed and said came with a fiery kick.
We shared Kaeng Pa – an aromatic Jungle Curry with sticky coconut rice. It’s a vegetarian dish but we added chicken. You know what men are like when it comes to meat! I personally would have preferred it a bit spicier, but it was very fragrant and juicy.
We sat by the window over-looking Pendingo lake (there’s a terrace which will no doubt be great in the summer). The restaurant felt vibrant despite the low lighting and has a really clean, stylish interior with traditional Japanese lanterns and wooden panelled walls surrounding the kitchen area.
For desert we shared an impressive looking Chocolate Bomb. Dark, milk and white chocolate mousse with gooey salted caramel, a chocolate Oreo crumb, toasted coconut, vanilla espuma and rich chocolate sauce. Delicious.
At seven months pregnant I couldn’t join my husband with after dinner margaritas (I was saving myself for one drink at the end of the night, more on that later). However, he assures me the margaritas mixed with agave syrup, lime juice and coriander leaves were amazing, I had a non-alcoholic Thai Beach Fizz cocktail with watermelon juice, lime, Thai basil leaves and soda water.
After dinner we made our way up to the top floor of Resorts World to The Sky Bar – an end of the night show-stopper for all Valentines lovebirds. The stylish, exclusive lounge is one of the most romantic places to be after dark. A plush cocktail bar with an impressive roof top view across Birmingham’s starlit sky. You can relax next to heaters on the roof terrace and enjoy a chilled, romantic moment.
The decor inside is opulent and beautiful; the atmosphere, with live acoustic singers, has a romantic, mellow buzz. There’s waitress service from your seat (elegant champagne-coloured leather sofas, no less) and the collection of Asian inspired Wu Xing cocktails all sound amazing.
I ordered a Tamahagne cocktail – a Japanese tangy Plum Wine with sugar and shiso leaf and my husband had a Japanese whisky cocktail with ginger, mandarin and honey. Both were, as you’d expect, immense.
We had a brilliant night and look forward to going back when I’m not pregnant – so we can really enjoy the cocktails 🙂
This Valentines weekend:
The Robata Bar and Grill has a Valentine’s Sharing Menu with complimentary glass of Bottega Rose Gold prosecco. £60 per couple, call 0121 273 1027 to book
The Sky Bar has five dishes from an exquisite Yakitori and Teriyaki menu. Dinner for two and bottle of prosecco £80 per couple; call 0121 273 1043 to book.
*I received a complimentary night out at Resort Worlds for the
purpose of this review. All thoughts/ words are my own*