"You Choose" — Bloom

Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us

Venue: Bloom, 32 Poplar Road, Kings Heath, B14 7AD; website
Choice: Duck Hash (£9) Chooser: Food knower: Conrad Brunton

If you'd asked us to choose a business of any type to add to our neighbourhood (that's Kings-to-the-Heath, dawg), we'd have plumped for a place that delivers a Herculean brunch and quality mug of Joe. And lo, the food Gods have answered in the form of new kid on the block, Bloom. Located in Poplar Road this stylish coffee house is a de-light. It opened last week and based on our joy-filled experience it’s here to stay. The menu is small, seasonal and inspired. The duck hash was exceptional — rich and slowly cooked, the tender meat was as unctuous as it was flavoursome. Served with sweet potato mash and the most seasonal of greens, the combo was topped with a perfectly cooked duck egg and crispy shallots. Bringing all the elements of the dish together was a duck stock that had a depth of flavour you would expect from a Michelin-starred venue. And on the utterly critical topic of coffee, the V-60 was perfect. A-men. Sample menu


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