"You Choose" — Fumo Selfridges
Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us
Venue: Fumo Selfridges, Bullring, Birmingham, B5 4BU; Facebook
Choice: Open ravioli with langoustine (£14.95) Chooser: Waiter
What's better than having one Fumo in Brum-town? That would be having two. And if you're wondering what your motivation is to journey the whole 0.4 miles from the Waterloo Street original to Fumo Selfridges, two is the magic number again. Firstly, life-changing amounts of money have palpably been spent on the interior, which looks seriously smart. Secondly, a number of the dishes are exclusive to this lustrous addition to a part of town which can feel a bit Chinese Quarter or bust. And one such dish is the pick — the utterly bite, suck and slurp-worthy open ravioli (pictured) is served with Scottish langoustine, in a rich, Autumnal, tomato-based Venetian sauce. Don't give up until you've got every succulent last meaty morsel out of the shellfish, even if people look at you like you're going too far. Also rich, but well worth the order is the fresh Porcini and white truffle risotto, which comes in half a wheel of Parmesan (£19.95 for two). Cooked al dente, there was just the right amount of fresh truffle on top, and the dish was seasoned exactly like it should be.
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