Harden's survey result
“Stunning…”, “fantastic…”, “exceptional every time…” – folks continue to be “blown away by the innovative cuisine” produced by TV-chef Glynn Purnell’s luxurious 45-cover HQ, “in the smart city-centre business quarter”. There are an array of menus on offer, with just tasting options available Friday lunch and Friday & Saturday evenings.
“Stunning flavours, contrasting combinations and presentation… by the time you reach the dry ice, dried mint leaves and theatre of the final course, you’re a convert!” – TV-chef Glynn Purnell creates an experience that’s “special but not stuffy” at his “understatedly luxurious” (and “romantic”) city-centre HQ, providing “great menu options that deliver on their promise and friendly but unobtrusive staff” who show “attention to detail at its best”. The competition in this “much under-rated culinary city” is fierce nowadays, but for its fan club it’s “the top choice in town”.
“Psychedelic wallpaper” is part of the more flamboyant look, since a summer 2015 revamp of Glynn Purnell’s city-centre venture. Even those who say it’s “brilliant” can find it “expensive” (or gripe that it’s “recently been complacent”), but the overall picture is still of “tasting menus, with a succession of delicious and exciting dishes”, served “by a phalanx of polished and very friendly young Brummies”.
Glynn Purnell’s city-centre fixture remains many reporters’ top choice in Birmingham (although it has some stiff oppo from Adam’s nowadays); the setting can seem “slightly clinical”, but it delivers a “fabulous” culinary experience, with “well-balanced and striking cuisine”.
Purnells Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Thursday a la carte lunch. It was good, but below expectations. Everything lacked a bit of zip. Could do better."
55 Cornwall St, Birmingham, B3 2DH
Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 4.3pm; 7pm to 1am; Saturday 6.30pm to 1am
Last orders: 9.30 pm