Italian and New York favourites: Birmingham’s Marcos New York Italian launches new menu 




A few months ago Ruth and I had the pleasure of visiting Marco’s New York Italian near Birmingham Airport and the Genting Arena/NEC.

 We found excellent hospitality and good food and cocktails with a good choice of vegetarian dishes on the menu. 

Now Diners at Marco’s New York Italian in Birmingham can now enjoy a host of exciting new dishes, as the restaurant unveils its brand new mouth-watering menu.

 Located at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, Marco’s New York Italian is a concept that combines quality with comfort, allowing guests to enjoy traditional American Italian cuisine in a modern dining environment.

On the menu you’ll find dishes such as Macaroni di Funghi with poached egg, Spaghetti Napoletana, Penne Arrabbiata, sharing boards, pizzas, bruschetta, American Style nachos, pizza bread, and cool cocktails. 

Inspired by Marco Pierre White’s Italian heritage and love for New York, the new menu, which launched on Monday 12th September, uses Marco’s famous cooking techniques to create a unique dining experience that appeals to guests of all ages.

 Conor O’Sullivan, restaurant manager at Marco’s New York Italian in Birmingham, said: “We are extremely excited to have launched our new menu, which combines guests’ favourite dishes and a host of delicious new dishes, expertly prepared by some of the most talented chefs around.  

 “Our new menu gives our returning guests a selection of exciting new dishes to try, while guaranteeing an enjoyable experience for diners who are visiting Marco’s New York Italian for the first time.”

 Commenting on Marco’s New York Italian, Marco Pierre White said: “If I had to choose only one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, it would be Italian. My mother was Italian and I spent a lot of time in Italy with her when I was a boy.

 “My New York Italian is all about creating a comfortable environment for friends and family to relax and enjoy some of my favourite Italian and American foods.”

Marco’s New York Italian is part of the Black and White Hospitality’s extensive restaurant portfolio, which also includes Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse & Bar Grill in Birmingham, Mr. White’s English Chophouse at Hotel La Tour in Birmingham, Bardolino Pizzeria in Birmingham, Bellini & Espresso Bar and Wheeler’s of St James’.

Hopefully I’ll get back soon to try the new dishes out.

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

Marco’s New York Italian, Holiday Inn, Coventry Road, Birmingham, B26 3QW.

tel:0871 20663 209007

http://www.hiairport.co.uk/

http://www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/birmingham-airport

My previous review for The Gastro Card:

https://t.co/AMwyOyzFwL

You can receive a discount of 10% with The Gastro Card. 

To buy see link: 

http://www.gastrocard.co.uk/

All photos courtesy of Holiday inn and Marco’s New York Italian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adams urges diners to Love Food Give Food in aid of Action against hunger.


  

Adam’s on Waterloo Street in Birmingham City Centre has joined forces with the UK food industry to support Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food appeal, calling on food lovers across the nation to eat out and help raise crucial funds towards the fight against child hunger.

Menus and venues across the country will be supporting Love Food Give Food this year as hundreds of restaurants nationwide unite to collect funds and support Action Against Hunger’s vision of a world without hunger. The appeal will also mark a significant moment for the humanitarian organisation as it celebrates 18 years of partnership with the UK food industry.
By adding on a voluntary £1 donation to their customers’ bills, restaurants were able to raise £330,000 for Action Against Hunger last year.

Diners can make a huge difference by eating out at Adam’s where customers will be given the opportunity to add a small donation to their bill.
By treating yourself at Adam’s you will be providing vulnerable communities with access to safe water and helping families in some of the world’s poorest countries to feed themselves and their children for generations to come.

Adam Stokes from the eponymous Michelin starred restaurant said, “Helping this cause is very important to me, I love food and through food you can bring happiness and joy. By this small donation on each bill we can very quickly raise money to help people who are less fortunate and hopefully bring to them a little bit of that happiness and joy.”
If you really love food, why not show it by sharing? Head to Adam’s and turn that culinary passion into action against hunger. For more information on what’s going on during the campaign, and how you can get involved, visit actionagainsthunger.org.uk.

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

Birthday season at Veggie 1847 Birmingham.



1847 Birmingham will be three later this month. The time has certainly flown by and Head Chef Tony and his team have certainly moved the restaurant forward and raised the game. 

When Birmingham welcomed 1847 it was certainly a turning point for Vegetarian food in the city. With innovation and seasonality central to the ethos of 1847 it’s certainly cemented itself as a must visit in the city, and some of its deals across the year speak bargain in a major way. 

1847 also offer a full Vegan menu. 

1847 are also planning a refurbishment of the whole site within the next couple of months. Exciting times! 


 1847 Bristol will also be one in October and 1847 Brighton one in November.

To kickstart their birthday season they’re offering two courses plus a small glass of wine for £1847. *

*T&C

You Must book online at  ahttp://www.by1847.com/ and quote “Birthday” in the booking comments.

For maximum tables of two people

Available in Manchester & Birmingham Sun – Fri & Bristol & Brighton everyday throughout September.

Bristol not open Monday & Tuesday

Full contact details, locations and menus can be found on the website.

Happy Birthday to one of Birmngham’s best and most innovative restaurants. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊



All photos courtesy of 1847. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Get ready for Ramen at Selfridges, Birmingham. 


   
 

Birmingham is certainly becoming a much more interesting place to live for veggie friendly dining. Though not fully vegetarian Tonkotsu has a decent amount of options in store. 

Tonkotsu is one of London’s best-loved Ramen bars and it opened a restaurant in Selfridges in Birmingham’s Bullring on 5th September.

Its the first Tonkotsu outside the capital and the team is very happy to be partnering again with Selfridges after becoming a popular choice for shoppers in the Oxford Street store.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish containing stock – usually pork and chicken – with a special wheat noodle and toppings including marinated egg, slices of pork, wakame seaweed and bean shoots. 


Vegetarian options: include: 

Hyashi Ramen: 

Cold noodle salad served with refreshing sesame ponzu dressing.

Shimej and Shitake Mushroom Hiyashi Ramen £9.50

Ramen: 

Miso of Shimaj- Mushroom ramen

(Rich kanbu and Shitake stuck with miso base and classic homemade noodles) 

Bean sprouts, bamboo shoots and mangetout topped with seasoned egg Shimaj and Shitake. £11.00

Katsu Curry: 

Veg Katsu curry: Sweet potato, courgette and aubergine Katsu. £8.75

Gyoza:

Shitake and bamboo shoot £5.75

Sides: 

Such as Tenderstem Brocolli, Edamame beans, Japanese Pickled cucumber, Homemade kimchee.

Tomatsu is proud to make all its noodles in-house thanks to their bespoke noodle machine, giving a fresh, springy noodle. 

Tonkotsu is the name of the richest, porkiest ramen dish – serves a variety of completely authentic, delicious, short-menu ramen with various starters, sides, artisan Japanese beers and whiskies to complete the menu.  

In addition  Tonkotsu Birmingham will serve katsu curry, perfect for a mid-shop pit stop. Japanese and British lagers and ales will be on offer along with house cocktails and wines. All dishes will be available to take away.

Tonkotsu is a group of six London restaurants, including Selfridges Oxford Street Foodhall, serving ramen with homemade noodles in slow-cooked broths, along with craft beers and cocktails. For locations, check out http://www.tonkotsu.co.uk/

Business partners and friends Kensuke and Emma opened Tonkotsu Soho in 2012 after hunting around London for a decent bowl of ramen and not being able to find one. Japan is full of ramen-ya and there are plenty in New York and over the world, so why not in London? Ken and Emma believe in keeping things simple, having a few dishes done very well and serve cocktails, Japanese and British beers and a couple of great wines.

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

For locations see:

http://www.tonkotsu.co.uk/

  
  
For the menu see above.

All images courtesy of Tonkatsu. 

Yoga and a view with Yoga Sweat launched at Rofuto, Birmingham.


  
Yoga with a view.

  

  
I’ve eaten at Rofuto and drunk some amazing Japanese whiskey in their bar. This though is something different. Rofuto Sweat begins on Sunday September 11th from 10.30-11.30.

A new weekly yoga workout with a view. It will include DJ’s and different brands as it progresses. 

Food and health and well been are so intrinsically linked that you can say you are what you eat and drink. 

As a vegetarian health issues have always been important to me and yoga is a beautiful way to become more fit and supple. In time though the gentle harmony of yoga practice can link ones fitness with their approach to life and how they see the world. An inner peace, the essence of yoga, evolving.

  
So now you can escape the city and join Yoga Sweat every Sunday at Rofuto Bar for weekly rooftop yoga at 141ft in the sky, with breathtaking 360 degree views of Birmingham.

Rofuto the newly opened modern Japanese restaurant and bar has collaborated with Yoga Sweat to offer ‘Yoga with a View’ classes every Sunday at 10.30am for £15 per person. The classes will be held in the bar area, an oasis of calm with panoramic views of the city. 

The hour long classes include a freshly squeezed Rofuto Super Juice and will be led by Yoga Sweat’s founder Andrea Hassett. The yoga sessions will work up to a flow, challenge yogis of all abilities and allow guests to work at their own pace, build strength, flexibility and leave you feeling refreshed and re-energized. The visual aspect of rooftop yoga ensures people feel more uplifted, and encourages a positive, open yoga practice.

 Rofuto offers an izakaya-style restaurant, serving a high quality modern Japanese menu of world class dishes and sits alongside the stunning cocktail lounge and sake bar in its unique rooftop position at the new Park Regis Hotel.

Founded by Andrea Hassett in 2014, Yoga Sweat’s mission is to bring a new, unique yoga offering to the people of Birmingham. Andrea has practiced yoga for over 14 years and instructed for seven. She honed her craft travelling the world gathering insights and techniques from some of the finest teachers working across the USA and Europe.

Access to the classes is via an Express Lift at the Rofuto entrance on Five Ways

All Sessions cost £10 for non members and £5 for Yoga Sweat members for a one hour session from 10.30-11.30am.

Bookings must be made in advance via Yoga Sweat on 0121 643 7772

Address: Rofuto Bar

Park Regis Hotel

160 Broad Street

Birmingham, B15 1DT                    

 Website: http://rofuto.co.uk/

Facebook: rofutobham

#Rofutosweat 

Twitter: @RofutoTweets #yogawithaview          

Instagram: rofuto  

Thanks for reading, 

Andy😊

Information and images courtesy of Rofuto and Neil Reading PR.

For my review of Rofuto’s food see the link below.

https://t.co/6UA9milYc8


 

 

Island Bar is 10 years old. 


  
Many years ago when I was much younger (say over 10 years ago) there wasn’t very much choice of bars or quality places to drink a varied and creative choice of drinks. 

The amount of independent bars were few and far between and generally if you wanted to have a night out you would have to go to a predictable chain that had a limited menu and certainly no cocktails. 

  
Island Bar opened in 9th September 2006. Situated on Smallbrook Queensway it offers an alternative option to the Birmingham pub and bar scene with handcrafted cocktails, classic creations and in-house Tiki concoctions as well as an extensive rum collection and a range of bottled beers. The venue’s ethos was and still is, to serve quality products by knowledgeable staff in an unpretentious venue. The bar has had many a makeover in the past ten years as well as seeing the cocktail offering expand and the music profile moving from indie / rock n’ roll to more soul and disco.

  
  

To mark this big birthday, Island Bar’s General Manager Simon Gilligan has created a line-up of events to celebrate including – a quiz night dedicated to the past ten years on Wednesday September 7th with rum based prizes to be won.

Thursday 8th plays host to a special version of “Tiki Thursday” with popular DJs Jam Jah Sounds playing dub and reggae alongside a bespoke menu by Jamaican rum Wray and Nephew. 

   
 Friday 9th and Saturday 10th customers are invited to join in the party atmosphere with DJs past and present taking to the decks to re-live some of the best moments from the Island Bar dancefloor. A one-off menu has been created by Simon for the weekend offering Tiki fans 2 for £10 all weekend on the favourite tipples of the past ten years.

Island Bar’s birthday isn’t just a milestone for the bar, but also a celebration for the independently run family Island Bar is part of. 

Bitters ‘n Twisted is one of Birmingham’s hospitality success stories, run by Matt Scriven who’s idea was to offer the flagging bar scene in the Midlands a much needed injection of creativity and fun 10 years ago. Following Island Bar’s opening in 2006 neighbouring boozer, The Victoria and then gin emporium Jekyl & Hyde were set up. Fast forward ten years and Bitters ‘n Twisted Venues owns and runs 10 venues within Birmingham and the Midlands with the most recent being a Bodega Cantina opening in Leicester, July 2016.  

​“Looking back to 10 years ago the hospitality scene in Birmingham has changed beyond recognition. We’ve been honoured and determined to play a large role in this renaissance of Birmingham and we remain passionate about contributing positively to this great city for another 10 years. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and what we have achieved and I hope our customers continue to love what we do for many years to come.”

The team at Island Bar are asking customers to join in with them via social media to share their best memories over the years, using the #Island10 to collate a decade of anecdotes and pictures, the best ones will be rewarded with drink based prizes for the weekend.

  
   

Happy Birthday guys, and thanks for all the good nights so far across your venues from Veggie Foodie. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

Island Bar, 14-16 Suffolk Street, Queensway, Birmingham, B1 1LT.

https://m.facebook.com/IslandBarBirmingham/

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All photos courtesy of Bitters ‘n Twisted and Island Bar with thanks.

Bar Opus’ monthly wine club launches in September. 


  

I seem to be drinking in the wine on my blog at the moment, but this one’s a too good an opportunity to let pass. 

Bar Opus launches its new Wine Club on the First Tuesday of the month, from 6pm (starting Tuesday 6th September).

 Hosted by Bibendum Wines you can learn about five different wines per class – from understanding the individual flavours, the importance of origin, and what wine should be paired with what dishes – as well as getting to enjoy a taste of the fruity drink. 

Classes are one hour and cost £10 each (or book three classes for September to November for £25). Call 0121 289 3939 to book. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

Paint and Wine craze comes to Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham.


  

I love art, well looking at it. The thought of painting, drawing and creating appeals to me, but the actual doing doesn’t yield good results. I’ve tried, but am too critical, hence the fact that I write poetry, it’s more me. But then maybe I haven’t found the right place to paint. With food and drink thrown into the mix, this sounds excellent for those like me that lack confidence or who struggled to be artistic at school. The thought of been artistic could be a reality. 

Thus Adding a splash of colour to your plonk is New York’s latest craze.’Paint & Wine Party’, hits Birmingham in September.

Park Regis Birmingham, a luxury, four-star hotel based at Five Ways will be mixing wine with paint at the unique event, where wannabe Da Vincis can get creative in a relaxed and fun environment.
Inspired by the increasingly popular trend in America, guests will follow a step-by-step painting guide provided by the teacher – although freestyling is encouraged – while enjoying wine and a ‘painter’s platter’ of canapes and nibbles at the same time.

Whether it’s your first time painting or an art enthusiast, guests of all abilities are welcome as the teacher talks through each brushstroke, splatter and blend to make sure your masterpiece – which can be taken home at the end – can be hung proudly at home.

  
Robin Ford, general manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “We can’t wait to bring the Paint & Wine craze, that has swept New York and more recently London, to the hotel. Whether you’re a seriously talented painter or an absolute beginner, everyone will be able to create a work of art to be proud of while enjoying a few glasses of wine and some delicious nibbles. If you’re thinking ‘I really can’t paint, I’d be terrible’, then you should definitely come along, you’d be surprised at what you could create.”

Park Regis Birmingham, will be hosting its ‘Wine & Paint Party’ on Saturday 10th September, 3-5pm. 

Tickets cost £35 and include all art materials, two glasses of wine and a painter’s platter. Veggie option available. 

Tickets are available from:

http://parkregis.eventbrite.com/

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

Sri Lankan Vegan night with Gayanis Kitchen HQ at The Gunmakers Arms.


    
Fancy Sri Lankan Vegan food? 

Then on the 10th September Gayanis Kitchen HQ are offering a sumptuous and mouthwatering menu at The Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham City Centre.

On the evening Traditional home cooked dishes using exotic Sri Lankan vegetables and spices and organic rice will provide a feast for the senses and the palate.

There will be a three course meal for £25 including tasters of Two Towers Brewery vegan friendly Ale. 

Please note their is a limit of 20 places available. 

Pre booking is essential and can be done by emailing office@twotowersbrewery.co.uk

The menu is 

Gayani Sewwandi 

Gayani Sewwandi 25 August 22:43

Stsrter: Chick pea baddum with pineapple salad . 

Main with Rice , mushroom curry, Lentil curry, okra baddum, vegetable curry, spring greens mallum, pol sambol, potato baddum , popadums and exotic fruit salad. 

Sounds a magical evening of delicious Sri Lankan food and quality local ales. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

Gunmakers Arms, 93 Bath Street, Birmingham City centre. B4 6HG.

Urban pop up #JQ Vegan night 1st September, Birmingham. 


  

There’s something Vegan friendly happening in September in the Jewellery Quarter. 

The next in the #Urbanpopup at their Jewellery Quarter branch sees them celebrating all things Vegan. 

The menu is Thai themed and will include 5 courses tasting menu plus drinks to match for £39. Everything been vegan friendly. 

Tickets are £39 plus booking fee if booking online. They can also be brought at the JQ emporium or via Eventbright. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-pop-up-vegan-night-tickets-27028607292

Courses as follows; 
1. Tom Yum Soup. 
2. Tempura Smoked Tofu with Ginger and Lime Dipping Sauce.

3. Mango and Kale Thai Green Curry with Jasmine Rice.

4. Coconut and Rasberry Mousse.

5. Chocolate and Orange Salted Caramel Tart.

Looks a good menu. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊