New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo St, Birmingham B2 5UG, UK – 0121 643 3745
This is my third visit to Adams but first time in the new location. I love the bar area in the new restaurant, as this was lacking in the old location. The service when we arrived was nice, everyone drinking cocktails, along with the canapes; very tasty and a nice start to our evening. The eating space in the new location is nice and has a great atmosphere. Service has the same casual style, which is lovely. I have to say that our party of 8 were all slightly disappointed with the food this time. It lacked something in the taste - there was not one really outstanding course on the evening taster menu. We all had an extra course (lobster) which lacked flavour and was very disappointing. We mentioned it and they knocked half of the cost of this addition from the bill. Maybe things were just not to our taste this time. It's just that when you look forward to going somewhere and it's not as good as you expect, its hard not to be disappointed. Overall, this is a great place and I will go back for sure. The two previous occasions I have been, it has been amazing, so I am sure to give it another go.
What an absolutely fantastic experience and can comfortably the best meal I've had in my life. We went for the tasting menu with the added lobster dish as a special. Cocktails were very nice and reasonably priced for such an establishment which was a pleasant surprise. Before our first of many dishes from the tasting menu, we were treated to 4 dishes for nibbles of which all were outstanding and just a taste of things to come with the squid ink meringue being the standout. Every dish of the 9 course tasting menu was an absolute triumph, the presentation was elegant, refined and beautiful in it's simplicity. The cooking was perfection, with bold clean flavours meaning there was perfect harmony of the different elements coming together effortlessly. There are too many highlights to mention in one review but the most notable dishes for me were the pigeon and the veal. On top of all that, the wine list was extensive and tasted exceptional. The experience in itself was only elevated by the ambience, setting and the staff. Not once did it feel overly pretentious or uncomfortable, the staff were fantastic; being incredibly professional and precise whilst remaining open, incredibly kind and relaxed which put us at ease. This was evident as we spent nearly 3 1/2 hours at the restaurant which seemed to absolutely fly by. A big thank you to the team at Adam's for an absolutely unforgettable night, already looking forward to the next visit.
University College Birmingham, Summer Row, Birmingham B3 1JB, UK – 0121 604 1010
I have been to the Atrium twice and really loved it. It's a really lovely space, relaxing and professional. The food is lovely and a good choice (for someone who doesn't eat pork it was great to see options without it ~ some other places tend to have this too much ~ even in the vegetables and with fish dishes). It was nice for a complementary drink before the meal. The menus were fun in lighting up 😊 The prices are so reasonable for the quality of food and service you get. The students and teachers are really great very welcoming but not in your face. The toilets were clean. I would really recommend.
Food is delicious and the portions are very generous. Great for gatherings.
Bullring Shopping Centre, Bullring, Birmingham B5 4BE, UK – 0121 643 7125
Food was very nice and fresh and the lunch menu was very good value albeit the portion sizes were a bit small and we were still hungry afterwards. Desserts were beautiful especially the pancakes. We waited to be seated which was to be expected however there were lots of free tables we could see on the balcony so not sure why. When seated the table was not clean and hadn't been wiped down. We ordered drinks and waited almost 20 minutes for them!!! Staff were friendly but service was extremely slow. It got to the point where we had to ask for our bill before dessert came to ensure we left in a timely fashion. Overall decent food, decent value but could do with bigger portions, friendly staff but very slow service. Would I rush back, probably not.
Our welcome to the restaurant was spoiled by the lady leading us to a small table "For two" & when we asked for a slightly roomier table we were told they were kept for 3 or 4 people. Then our Saviour appeared - Lily - who settled us on a better table & was really attentive, helpful and courteous throughout our enjoyable meal. She deserves a rise in her wages !!!