Cafe Opus is a lovely light flooded restaurant for a relaxing brunch or lunch. Part of the Opus family, with Well regarded Opus Restaurant and Bar Opus, the cafe sits comfortably and temptingly in the Beautiful building that is the internationally acclaimed contemporary Ikon Gallery, which is surely one of the best places to visit in Birmingham.
Again like its other siblings, the cafe focuses on local seasonal produce, ethically sourced and informally put together to make a high quality cafe in its own right.
Cafe Opus have now launched a new seasonal menu (See above) that has a number of tempting Vegetarian and Some vegan dishes on it.
Try Slow Baked Aubergine, rich tomato and Quorn ragu. (Not vegan)
Penne Pasta tossed in basil pesto, Wilted rocket and sun blushed tomatoes (vegan) see photo below.
Spaghetti with homemade rich tomato and Quorn bolognaise sauce. (Not vegan)
Note: for vegans the menu says vegan friendly for a number of dishes, but only certain quorn products are vegan friendly. This after discussion with Opus is under review.
Plus light bites:
Buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil pesto salad
Homemade Soup (Vegan soup option available daily).
Goats Cheese, roasted beetroot salad dressed leaves, red onion marmalade.
Cafe Opus also serve a daily all day Brunch menu that includes mushrooms on toast, and fluffy pancakes- maple syrup and banana.
And for £10.50 you can enjoy soup and another dish off the menu.
Cafe open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5.
Cafe Opus also serve Afternoon Tea every day for £10 per person. This includes finger sandwiches, fancy cakes, scones, clotted cream, fresh fruit conserves and tea. (See photo below)
Spoil Mum this #MothersDay with their #AfternoonTea package. Afternoon Tea with prosecco for two, just £30.
Janet Mendelsohn: Varna Road exhibition:
At the moment until April 3rd The Ikon Gallery hosts the largest exhibition to date of photographs by American academic and documentary filmmaker Janet Mendelsohn.
Part of a ‘photo-essay’ Mendelsohn made as a student at the University of Birmingham during 1967–69, the photographs depict everyday life in the inner-city district of Balsall Heath, focusing in particular on a young woman referred to as Kathleen, with whom Mendelsohn formed a close relationship.
Balsall Heath during the 1960’s was Birmingham largest Red light district. A place of work for 200 prostitutes. This included Varna Road which the exhibition is named after.
Mendelsohn photographs show a working class distinct in flux prior to the so called slum clearance that followed within 2 years.
This challenging exhibition of photographs is on until the 3rd April 2016.
Thanks for reading,
Cafe Opus, 1 Oozells Street, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2HS.