Venue: Bar + Block, 3-6 Waterloo Street, B2 5PG; website
Choice: Grilled sirloin salad (£7.50) Chooser: Waiter
Colmore Bar & Grill was one of our least favourite places in the city and when we heard that Beefeater was taking over to launch its first 'high end' joint, we couldn't have been more sceptical. So it's with tail secured firmly between legs that we can report, it's actually very good and the service is some of the best we've received of late. Trained for six weeks and having tried every dish at least twice every member of staff was that rare thing in the Midlands restaurant scene - attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearing. The beef - which comes from British breeds of cattle reared across the Pampas - is aged for a minimum of 28 days and hand-cut. From the medium rare steak salad, to the slow-cooked rib, to the medium sirloin, the kitchen got it utterly right every time. The heritage tomatoes tasted like tomatoes, the herbs and grilled veggies in the salad were palpably fresh and plentiful and the beef dripping chips caused us to eat more than we're fully prepared to admit. And even if you're not hungry, they've got Chapel Down Brut for £29.95. Chin chin. Menu
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