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Adam's Restaurant Diner Reviews
"There are some restaurants where everything works, the food has you smiling with pleasure and you decide immediately that you will return, and our reaction to our meal at Adams was precisely that. The welcoming dining room and reception and then the top snacks got us off to a very good start, beginning with smoked apple gougère, super marinated tuna with spiced mooli and watermelon, and then good contrasts between horseradish ice cream, red cabbage and lovely single estate olive oil drops. The first course showed the best of scallops, one lime cured, the other seared, great with salted almonds and beet discs. Getting an umami dish just right and properly balanced takes some skill, and the following course demonstrated how it can be achieved, with a really clever dish of raw shiitake mushrooms with chive oil, terrific mushroom ketchup, enoki tops, delicious smoked eel and some contrasting apple making for an umami wonder. The next course was cod - perfectly cooked fish with spot-on mussels, kohlrabi, a champagne infusion tickling the palate and a beautiful and unusual caviar sauce. No let down there, then. On we went to really flavourful quail with a wonderful jus, quail liver topped with a nut crumble and some delicate baby parsnips, and the game season continued with a venison dish which showed a great deal of skill in the kitchen using the loin to demonstrate the sheer class of the meat and adding to the enjoyment with a perfect black pudding, faggot, blackberry sauce, meaty hen of the woods mushrooms and a lovely contrast of roasted Jerusalem artichoke. Even the palate cleanser, or transition as it said on the menu, was worth the visit - puffed wild rice with almost a sweet green Thai curry of Alphonso mango on top of coconut ice cream - remarkable! The dessert showed just as much imagination as the rest of the meal being a deconstructed tiramisu with top chocolate (85% Valrhona abinao) done three ways, one of which was deliciously boozy, all with a sprinkle of coffee dust. A lovely way to finish a truly satisfyingly outstanding dinner. We were also expertly guided by the sommelier, Lionel, through the wine list which not only offered a good selection of wines by the glass but also a number of very good half bottles, one of which, a Sassicaia, we were unable to resist and which made for the perfect accompaniment to the super venison. We dined in two one-star restaurants in Birmingham on this occasion, and as far as we are concerned the number of stars was right but the allocation was not. We do not consider it going too far to say that Tom Shepherd is hard on the heels of his ex mentor, Sat Bains, and both the food and his well-drilled front-of-house staff were up with the best in the country."
"A special place for carefully prepared food under competent head chef Tom Shepherd and his team"
"Some fine dishes, original and thoughtful, with helpful service in a well designed room. Nowhere better in central Birmingham i think."
"A beautiful restaurant with a lovely bar and intimate dining area. Food is sensational, exciting, and highly innovative while the service is friendly and professional. Without doubt Birmingham`s top fine dining experience. Central location with parking outside. We chose the tasting menu with accompanying wine flight which was a true gastronomic journey. There is an a-la carte menu also available during the week. Visited the Kitchens which were amazing."
21a Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5QP
|Tuesday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9 pm|