"You Choose" — Tapas Revolution

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

VenueTapas Revolution, Grand Central, B2 4XJ website 
Choice: Del Chef Set Menu for Two (£30) Chooser: It's a set menu! 

Which Brum-based chain restaurants are you happy to have an evening meal at? Pho, surely? Wagas? Gaucho probably? Maybe Pieminister? Our list might have just gone one venue shorter after Tapas Revolution, historically a more hit-than-miss restaurant, sent out some joyless lukewarm dishes. The battle for the open-plan Grand Central restaurants is one against the cold, with Pho resorting to blankets for customers when the mercury really sinks and and Tapas Rev taking the fight to Mother Nature by slapping up glass and wood walls on two of their four(ish) sides. But on this visit the temperature felt nothing but comfortable, and yet out came meatballs and Spanish omelette at an ebbing tepidity. In a desperate attempt to revive the dishes, we burst open the contrastingly thermonuclear cheesy croquettes, dousing the tapa in volcanic queso. Alas, it was no good. Time of death, 6.46pm. Rest in Peace our dinner. Bring out the lilies, let the family see the corpse. On a more positive note, the crispy squid with squeezed lemon and aioli was an outpouring of summer (remember summer?), while the bread gratin with 'Sobrasada' soft chorizo, cheese and spiced honey was, despite being a rank outsider pre-order, the hero this meal needed. But not the one it deserved.