Diary: Let's do Lunch - Paris

Reviewed by Bron Eames, MD, Haslimann Taylor.

Few high-profile restaurateurs have made it to Birmingham, and even fewer have delivered, but Patrick McDonald has taken the plunge with Paris, and he certainly deserves to succeed. Paris is a true oasis for those who love to lunch.

With just 40 covers, soft lighting and spacious layout, Paris is an ideal venue for business lunches/dinners. Although there is no music, it has a wonderful atmosphere and is always busy.

Service is excellent - welcoming, informed and efficient. The A La Carte menu is not cheap, although that does not mean it isn't worth it. But the Table d'Hote menu is fantastic value and was a welcome mid-week treat.

After a delicious artichoke veloute appetiser, we started with lobster ravioli served with lobster consomme and garnished with tomato relish.

Loin of venison followed, served deliciously pink with a bitter chocolate sauce, caramelised pear, red cabbage and crispy sweet potato. For pudding I went for the hot lime souffle and sorbet combination. The wine list is extensive, with a wide choice of half bottles and wine by the glass.

The sheer quality of the food at Paris is a real pleasure. And it is only a stone's throw from Birmingham New Street station - so if you are visiting the second city and need a venue, look no further.

Where: 109-111 Wharfside Street, B'ham B1

Contact: 0121 632 1488

How much: Three courses for £21.50

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