Venue: Bistrot Pierre, Waterside House, 46 Gas Street, B1 2JT; website
Choice: Bouillabaisse maison (£15.95) Chooser: Front of house staff
Brummies give it both barrels when the city's renovation projects run roughshod over the original building, so berets must be doffed in the direction of French restaurant group Bistrot Pierre, whose stunning conversion of the former Birmingham Canal Company has been carried out with total sympathy. The wine cellar, for example, is where barges used to pull in to pay their toll while a colossal vault door, which used to keep said tolls safe, remains a wonderful interior focal point. This is without doubt one of the city's most stunning restaurants and the sun trap terrace is set to be a summer must. Food-wise the mini chorizos au miel (£3.50) link arms with your tastebuds and can-can gloriously from cheek to cheek, long after you've swallowed the honey-glazed porky parcels, while the Bouillabaise comes stuffed chocker with hunky mouthfuls of smoked haddock and fresh shellfish. Mop everything up with baked-on-site bread and douse the lot with liberal volumes of red. Menu
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