"You Choose" — The Oyster Club
Each week we walk into a restaurant and make the staff order for us
Venue: The Oyster Club, 43 Temple Street, B2 5DP; website
Choice: Mussels with smoked caviar sauce (£14.50) Chooser: Waitress
Confidently good looking and with a covetable little black book when it comes to sourcing, The Oyster Club, has pulled back its thick, assured curtains, with a market disruptor of a seafood bar most of Birmingham didn't realise it needed. From Adam Stokes of Michelin-starred, eponymous fame, the walk-in bar and small, bookable restaurant is open seven days, with the same menu wherever you sit. Eating there less than a week after first service, the oysters were, as you'd seriously hope from the name, exquisite — watch them being shucked from your seat for added happiness. The mains, recommended by Adam, were good and, from the genuine team commitment to getting feedback, will be great. Opting for tempura halibut with crushed minted peas and tartare sauce (£24), plus Jenga-like chips (£4.50) — the fish, peas and tartare sauce taken together were a flavour-filled euphoria of sweet, salty, tartness, but tried alone, the fish was slightly dry and overcooked, something we comment on because of the perfection-requiring price tag that attaches to what is essentially posh fish and chips. The total winner of the meal, and easily the best variation of moules we've tried was the mussels with Prosecco and smoked caviar sauce. The decadent dish felt fresh despite its obvious richness, with joyous little thwacks of flavour from the salty caviar. An order of bread (£4.50) for soaking purposes is a must here, as well as a glass of something cool and crisp. We preferred the buzzy bar to the bookable tables downstairs and counsel you not to be put off by a lack of reservation: at no point was there a queue for a table while we were there. Our new top tip for a perfect little lunch for one. Menu
Image: Jack Spicer Adams
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