Anexe Restaurant

All the things a girl loves…

We then went to The Annexe for our dinner, neither of us had ever been before so I was very excited! The restaurant itself is beautiful. There is a bar at the front with tables and a large dining room at the back – this is where we sat. The restaurant has a 1920’s theme, its very dark inside with candles everywhere and black and white films playing on a huge projector screen.

The place is very likeable, service was very good and the menu has many yummy choices. The food shows skill- each dish carefully thought about.

We ordered our drinks and looked through the amazing menu- each dish sounding as good as the next. We were given some bread to eat whilst looking through the menu; always a bonus in my eyes! We decided to have starters and mains- for somewhere so nice it wasn’t as expensive as I expected. Starters range from £4-8 and mains from £16-25.

It took me ages to decide what starter to have bur eventually I went for…

Twice baked smoked salmon & mascarpone soufflé £ 6.50
Pecorino – leeks – chive pangrattato

WOW- this was delicious! I hadn’t really had soufflé before but everyone recommends it and this one sounded particularly nice. The presentation was very good, simple but effective and the taste matched! It was gorgeous- the soufflé was cooked perfectly and went so well with the smoked salmon and mascarpone, the leeks really gave it extra flavour too. It was a delicious, beautiful blend of creamy leeks with cheesy taste and fresh smoked salmon. All amazing tastes blended together- what more could you want?!

For my main, you definitely won’t be surprised what I chose…

Duo of pork £17.95
Slow roast suckling pig – crispy ham hock bon bons – celeriac & pear gratin – cauliflower puree

Again, stunning presentation. I loved the slate plate and the simplicity of the food lay out- it looked like a piece of art almost! WOW- the taste exceeded my expectations, you all know how much I love belly pork therefore, this had a lot to live up to and I certainly wasn’t disappointed in any way. The slow roast belly pork was cooked to perfection, tender pork with a crispy outside, the crispy ham hock bon bons were so different but lovely, they were a lovely mixture of soft ham hock in the middle and a crispy outside- the celeriac and pear gratin was delicious, it tasted just like potato dauphinoise but slightly creamier and you could taste the pears- which went very well with the pork. The cauliflower puree finished the dish off nicely, I don’t even like cauliflower but this was so tasty and complimented the rest of the dish so well. 10/10 dish and I couldn’t fault it at all. Yummy from the first to last bite.

We were quite full but we decided to share a dessert…

Lemon, Lime & Limoncello Posset £5.50 
with crispy ginger snaps

Again, the meal finished with beautiful presentation. The shot of limoncello was a nice touch- even though its very strong! The posset was so tasty, very light and refreshing. Lemon and lime compliment each other deliciously. Posset used to be a medieval drink, which has been turned into a modern desert. The crispy ginger snap finished this desert perfectly! At £5.50 its such a reasonable price too. Perfect, perfect, perfect!!

This was one of the nicest meals I have ever had and at £70 for two, I feel it was reasonable value. The food was to die for and was perfect in every way. I have no faults- except that the restaurant was very hot but it is the summer!

Everyone needs to go to this restaurant!

French Classics are a Real Treat

Alex Homer enjoys a taste of France when he visits Annexe in Birmingham.

Where is it?

At the bottom of Corporation Street, the restaurant is in the shadow of the imposing Birmingham Magistrates Court building. The entrance to the restaurant is quite inauspicious.

What’s it like when you go indoors then?

The restaurant is mostly lit by the strategic placement of candles – instantly giving it that romantic feel. The music in the background helps set the atmosphere – jazz and swing over a gramophone – with that honest crackle and slight fuzz in the recording.

What’s the menu like?

The food is classic, French-inspired. For starter my girlfriend chose pretty classic scallops wrapped in pancetta with pea purée, sauté potatoes, basil pesto and pea shoots. I decided to mix it up and go for something I would not normally order – a smoked haddock, pecorino and pancetta twice-baked soufflé. I can’t remember ever ordering a soufflé but mine was very light. The mains were just as good as the starters – my girlfriend went for a steak Rossini- fillet with foie (liver) pate, and sauce bordelaise (mushrooms). I somehow resisted choosing the same (I don’t know where I found the inner strength) and ordered swordfish, with paella, and a salad. I was not disappointed – the fish was delicious and meaty and the paella – which for me can sometimes get a bit monotonous if you have a large portion – had a lot going on.

For dessert I had the house special ‘chocolate indulgence’. It’s essentially a tasting plate with lots of miniature chocolate desserts which had been prepared with great care

13 Jun Annexe Restaurant Review Birmingham

The Annexe restaurant in Birmingham immerses you in the nostalgia of a vintage-style café whilst dining on some of the best Italian and French cuisine that Birmingham has to offer.

The venue is about more than just tantalising your palate, it’s the whole dinning experience and immersing you into this vintage atmosphere. This is achieved by ‘Show Nights’, which each have an individual theme such as ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Titanic’, and also the décor which includes features that conspicuously blend into the background, creating this nostalgic atmosphere (such as the black and white films being projected onto the wall at the rear of the restaurant).

Yet despite a restaurant having a truly unique and standout décor its main attraction is still the food. The food at Annexe is sublime and truly turns this atmosphere into a first class, luxury-dining experience.

The food complements the surroundings with contemporary dishes that have that European heritage. The scallop dishes (which are changed daily) are delicately light, yet packed full of flavour. The ones we tried, wrapped in thinly cut ham, acted as the perfect introduction to a richer main course such as the rib eye steak. The meat is cooked to perfection, and along with a flavoursome peppercorn sauce and hand cut chips the rib eye steaks create that perfect melt-in-the-mouth sensation. Annexe presents a range of homemade deserts, including a refreshing Peach Melba tart, to sugar coat your dinning experience in this truly unique restaurant.

This dinning experience truly lives up to the luxury standard that you expect from the price tag, especially of that of the wine list. Annex is building up a reputation of one of the best dining experiences in Birmingham and it’s clear to say that both the décor and cuisine act as accolades in supporting this reputation.

5/5

Out of 5 

Rating

Review By Conor Rees – Photos supplied by Annexe. 

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Food of love

Birmingham’s Annexe has been voted one of the three most romantic restaurants in the UK. Following a nationwide public vote, the local favourite has been selected alongside Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden and Kendell’s Bistro in Leeds.

“Since we started in 2011, we have worked really hard to serve great contemporary food in an atmosphere of vintage elegance” says founder Alex Fisher. “I am delighted that customers have found our offering so romantic as to show such overwhelming support for Annexe, voting us into the top three in the country”

Annexe have been voted ahead of some of the UK’s most fashionable restaurants, including Beach Blanket Bablyon (Notting Hill and Shoreditch), Aqua Shard (31st Floor of The Shard) and the iconic Waterside Inn (Bray).

Co-founder and Restaurant Manager Damien Portefaix admits, “For a Frenchman there could be few distinctions more gratifying than an award for romance! I am lucky to be able to share my passion for the Annexe love story with so many people every day.”

Annexe, along with many other leading Birmingham restaurants, are contributing to Birmingham’s reputation as one of the best places to dine out in the UK.

“There are so many great restaurants in Birmingham, we almost don’t know how lucky we are” states Suzie Russell, Annexe’s Head Chef and a native of Birmingham. “The number of first-rate chefs in this city is astounding and growing all the time”.

The Romantics awards, which celebrate the UK’s most romantic things, were created by Mills & Boon, the leading publisher of romantic fiction, to help unique, boutique businesses to get discovered and to help the audience discover the best of UK romance, from intriguing new ideas to much-loved favourites.

Annexe will be attending the awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 29th April hoping to put themselves and Birmingham even more boldly on the gastronomic map.

WONDERFUL EVENING! ANNEXE, BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE.

An incredible evening at Annexe! There are no words to fault this restaurant. A fusion restaurant of both French and Italian cuisine; it was sheer food heaven! You know those occasions where you try something and it tastes so good that you smile like an idiot and you do a little dance in your chair (don’t act like you don’t do it!), it was one of those evenings!!!

Annexe is a small and intimate restaurant rustically decorated as one would imagine for a French/ Italian dining experience. The tables were very well decorated with a small candle which even though each table had one made the diner felt like it was a personal gesture. The lighting was dim which also complimented the candle setting which made the restaurant even more intimate and romantic. Entering the restaurant alone made you feel calm, relaxed and welcomed. The lady that served us for the evening was very polite, accommodating and gentle in her manner of speaking.

For starters we ordered leak and asparagus soup and a salmon soufflé. Soup is a common starter dish in restaurants in the UK but I am yet to fault it as a choice on a menu; it is very simple to make but sometimes simple is the best dish that one can order. The soup was very flavoursome, exactly what I needed to keep warm at this time of year.

The soufflé was divine! I am a massive salmon lover and I was in for a real treat! A warm and hearty dish that was rather ‘salmony’ but gorgeous. The sauce that completed this dish was not heavy, thick or dense but classically aromatic and creamy.

For main we had the Côte de Boeuf with garlic portabella mushrooms, confit tomatoes, winter greens and hand cut chips. The meat also came with 3 types of sauce these were: peppercorn, bordelaise and Bleu D’Auvergne. Just writing about it is making my mouth water. The meat was cooked to medium rare as requested, the tenderness of the meat was beyond believe which to my knowledge and understanding suggested that the beef had been hung and tenderised for an extended period of time. Also, the piece was well carved as there were no nerves or unwanted chewiness whilst indulging in this delightful meal. The sides that accompanied the beef were very complimentary; the hand cut chips were hot in temperature and very light and airy suggesting its freshness in preparation prior to concocting this fabulous dish.

Our second main was Slow Roast Pork Belly with pancetta, honey & sesame roast roots, tarragon & course grain mustard jus. It does indeed sound very wordy but just like the Côte de Boeuf this was also a fantastic dish. Pork indeed is a rather fatty meat but was cooked so that most of the fat had burnt off in the cooking process. The pork was also very tender and full of flavour, almost quite rich to say the least but in a way that didn’t put you off the meal- in fact I was disappointed when there was none left.

Annexe was possibly one of the best dining experiences I have encountered and would highly recommend this restaurant to any consumer. I would more than happily return to this wonderful restaurant and bask in the utter wonderfulness of the cuisine delivered. Absolutely fantastic!