At 25 storeys in height, The Cube boasts a restaurant, watering hole or cake-based happening, on average, every (*takes out caluculator, hammers at the pad*) 3.57 floors. Here to guide you through the decision making process when it comes to that all important order, a look at the dish, grape, set menu or cocktail you're going to want to get familiar with, wherever you decide to land.
Bun & Bowl; website
The Order: The Cube (£9.90)
If you're not up on the setup at Bun & Bowl, they're big into two things: loaded burgers and bowls of shrimp with a fiery twist. Try The Cube, a 7oz prime beef patty covered in melted smoked cheddar and served with crispy bacon, beef tomato, sliced sweet red onion and lettuce. The sweet potato fries are also a side order of pride at the relaxed diner.
Marco Pierre White; website
The Order: Pinot Grigio Rosé Spumante (a bottle is £40)
There are a limited number of weeks in each year when good, chilled, sparkling rosé is the most thirst quenching occurrence your grey matter can fathom. Those are the same weeks when MPW's generous balcony, keeping watch over this fine city, is exactly where you want to be. We defy you to find a more effective tanning medium in Brum. Full drinks menu
Shogun Teppan-yaki; website
The Order: Seafood Delight (£29)
Get the full Shogun experience with your own chef on the grill in front of you, preparing a number of the dishes included in the Seafood Delight, and showing off some mightily impressive juggling-esque skills along the way. Included is a selection of starters and a range of prawn, salmon and tuna dishes. Plus plumb wine, which is pretty much a requirement when it comes to Japanese cuisine.
Rodizio Rico; website
The Order: Full prime cut BBQ meats (from £21.90)
To get access to as much Picanha (rump cap steak), and as many ribs, sausages, loins, oyster thighs and wings as you can devour, it's all about Rodizio Rico's hand carved prime cuts. Grilled on a large Brazilian Churrascaria (pronounced shoe-hass-korea), there's a frankly ludicrous number of sides to keep the main event company.
The Order: Afternoon Tea (£31 for two)
Including the team's freshly made coconut cake and macaroons (as well as rotating specials and the usual sandwich selection), Madeleine prides itself on its afternoon spread. Boozeage of the bubbly variety is available if you're celebrating, or, if you're not. Get 30% off all afternoon teas if you book after 3pm, which would seem like a sensible thing to do.
The Order: Onitsuka Dragon (£9.95)
Stick to the ardently Japanese vibe at late and loud, Geisha, with an Onitsuka Dragon by way of cocktail. Finlandia vodka is given the topical treatment with Passoa, guava juice, Prosecco and Kwai Feh — a lychee liqeur with its roots in Emperor Ming of the Tang dynasty's use of the fruit to seduce a consort. Of course.
The Order: Pizza Zingara (£9)
New kid on the block Bardolino is all about pizzas, Bellinis and espresso (so Italy, then). Throwing out stone baked pizzas from £7.50, try the Zingara, with Italian sausage, mozzarella, mushrooms and truffle oil. Truffle oil is so hot right now. A further MPW enterprise, Bardolino is doing the simple things very, very well. Menu
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