In days of old visiting a restaurant with others apart from maybe Indian would have resulted in myself sitting around for an age looking at my one option on the menu whilst my dining companions took 15 plus minutes (if I was lucky) to decide what they were going to choose.
At Wing Wah a Chinese restaurant near The Hippodrome theatre in the thriving Chinese Quarter of Birmingham, that misfortune certainly doesn’t apply. The Vegetarian and Vegan section of the menu takes up a few pages, so I’m now feeling the scratching of the head whilst I decide and then I decide and decide again only to realise that I need to put my reading glasses on ( because I’m getting on in age) as a be misread the dish I thought I was going to have. Is this stress? Far from it. It’s brilliant to discover, and bravo for Wing Wah for it.
Wing Wah used to be at the Wing Yip centre in Nechells but relocated this year to its new home in the centre of the city.
Inside, it’s a smart, relaxed place with white table cloths and comfy seats set around a mixture of table arrangements.
We sat on this Saturday evening on a half circle table which allowed for good people watching and more private dining.
For Vegetarians and Vegans Wing Wah devotes a whole section of the menu.
Ruth and I chose to share three starter dishes: Sweet corn fritters, Crispy Spring rolls and Deep fried Vegetarian won tons.
All of the above were exceptional appetisers. Snack like, finger foods perfect for grazing on.
The Sweetcorn Fritters ( a North Eastern dish) encapsulated Summer promise. They were sunny and crunchy, with crisp fresh flavours and a real winner.
The Crispy Spring Rolls, a light, thin and crispy skin, airy with real vegetable flavour and very enjoyable.
The Deep fried vegetarian won tons were the perfect appetiser. Crispy bites which were snack like, with a good rounded flavour.
All three were exceptionally balanced and taken together were a lovely way to begin the meal.
For the main section of the meal, we again chose to share three dishes along with a portion of egg fried rice.
The Gai Lan ‘Chinese broccoli’ is one of my favourite ever dishes and this proved to be outstanding. Coated in a beautiful ginger sauce the thick tender stems were tender, crisp and had a beautifully smooth and glossy sheen. Lovely flavours.
The second dish the Aubergines in green pepper and black bean sauce was also lovely with sweet subtle flavours and complimented the Gai Lan perfectly.
The third main dish was the well recommended Caramelised crisp aubergines, which were sweet and crispy bites of loveliness.
These were all eaten with sticky egg fried rice though there are vegan versions.
Our meal was completed by some delicious jasmine tea as we were too full for deserts.
Our meal at Wing Wah was excellent. Their new Vegetarian and Vegan menu has plenty of choice for both, including a substantial “Mock meat’ section which would tempt many diners and looked well thought out and would be worth trying next time.
The service was lovely and informed and attentive and recommended dishes in turn. The restaurant had a good atmosphere and is a lovely venue for a celebration or meal with friends.
For vegetarians it’s a top notch choice and can’t come recommended enough. With so many choices it’s a venue to return too.
A fine addition to the City’s Chinese Quarter.
Thanks for reading,
Wing Wah also do afternoon tea and have private rooms for parties.
Many thanks to Paul Fulford and Dorian Chan for the kind invite.