Bistro du Vin Birmingham
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Bistro du Vin Birmingham – the review

Bistro du Vin Birmingham

I’d been wanting to try out one of Hotel du Vin’s bistros for quite a long time, so when our one-night stay at Malmaison Birmingham turned into a fun little road trip, I decided to top off our adventure with a special evening meal at the Bistro du Vin Birmingham.

As we’re bargain hunters we managed to come across a great little deal online that was £25 for a £50 gift card that can be used at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin bistros, so that definitely sold the idea to the other half.

Table booked, we taxied over to Hotel du Vin and Bistro Birmingham to discover a really beautiful building with some wonderful, friendly staff. The ambience and décor makes it obvious that this is a great choice for any special occasion events, so I’m glad we dressed up for the occasion!

Hotel du Vin Birmingham restaurant
I loved the restaurant’s ambience and decor.
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Every room should have vines around the windows…
Bread basket
Refillable bread – always good in my book!

 Get taken to a different world

Stepping into the bistro you feel like you’re entering a different part of the world, almost like you’re visiting the home of a rich, historical family living in provincial France. Old paintings, maps and photos line the wall, with vines and fruit hanging around the windows – it’s a really beautiful backdrop for a special night out.

The service was impeccable, and our waiter was both fun and knowledgeable, giving us advice on which dishes he’d recommend and why, and answering any questions we had.

While we perused the menu some delicious fresh bread was brought to the table with butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which was topped up whenever we wished – always a plus point for me, as I’m a fiend for bread!

I started my meal with paté, which although tasty was rather salty. It was a decent sized portion, but as with most places in my experience, the bread to paté ratio was just wrong (so hurrah for the basket of bread still on the table!).

steak tartarePate Bistro du vin birmingham
Slightly over salted pate. A decent portion though!
steak tartare Bistro du vin birmingham
Would you try steak tartare?

Steak tartare

After a long discussion with the waiter, Justin decided he’d give steak tartare another go. A lover of rare meat, he’d tried it once in Paris, and was hugely disappointed with the experience, especially as he thought it was something he’d love. This time round he enjoyed it more and was glad he’d tried something ‘different’, but still felt it was a little lacking in flavour.

I’m happy to say that my main meal caused food envy, as it was absolutely delicious. I went for beef bourguignon, and this was, without doubt, was the best I’d ever tasted. Out came a bowl filled with exceptionally rich gravy, beef that fell apart on your fork and chunky pieces of pancetta. I paired this with creamy mash potato, and although I adored it, it was even too rich for me to finish!

Justin’s choice of Mussels and frites was again ‘ok’ but he felt the portion could have been bigger and that the mussels themselves were rather small, but he did adore the chips, which he regularly dunked in my hedonistic gravy!

beef bourguignon
The best beef bourguignon I’ve ever tasted.
treacle tart at Bistro du Vin Birmingham.
Heaven on a plate – treacle tart at Bistro du Vin Birmingham.

Although it really wasn’t the best move as I was so full, I was enjoying the food so much that I persuaded Justin to share a dessert with me – solely for review purposes of course…

A dessert to die for!

And thank goodness I did! The treacle tart was simply put, a little piece of heaven on a plate. Warm and gooey it just dissolved on my tongue, and I honestly couldn’t stop grinning at how delicious it was. It was so good I left the clotted cream ice cream to Justin, just so I could fit in one more bite. A true taste sensation!

Review

Overall I loved our experience of Bistro du Vin Birmingham. Our meal wasn’t without faults, as Justin’s food wasn’t as enjoyable as my own menu choices, but I could not fault my main and dessert. It’s not the cheapest restaurant in Birmingham by any means, but I’d definitely recommend it for a special occasion or trip to the city, and if you can find a Hotel du Vin discount as we did, it actually ends up not too expensive.

Have you ever visited a Hotel du Vin and Bistro? What were your thoughts on the food? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below…

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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