Friday, 21 November 2014

The Balcony Champagne Bar and Brasserrie Review

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Ever been shopping around Birmingham and been a little spoilt for choice when it comes to having lunch? I know I have! There are so many restaurants that grab your attention, fast food, sandwich bars, quick and easy food-to-go, but it’s the ones that are tucked away that should really be grabbing your attention! 

The Balcony Champagne Bar and Brasserrie is hidden right in the 4th floor of Selfridges, Birmingham, (you walk through all of the expensive, ‘I want them all' handbags so beware), looking over the rest of the top floor of the Bullring. It is relatively small but nicely accommodating, there were about 20 other people eating when we were there and tables were still free. We were greeted by a friendly waitress who seated us and took a drinks order and then greeted by Melvin, the Assistant Manager who then took care of us for the duration of our lunch. We had the Afternoon Picnic served with a Flute of Champagne (none for me though as I was driving) - it did say that it was served with tea/coffee but I wasn’t given the choice so only had 1 drink which was the first one I ordered. 

The “Picnic” was bought out within around 10 minutes of us being there, amazing service, and was served on a super cute picnic table. A very traditional choice of cobs/baps - Ham, Egg and Tuna, were served alongside Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream with Lemon Cupcakes and Macaroons! The sandwiches were delicious - the tuna had spring onions in which was incredible, the egg wasn’t too overpowering and the Ham was served with an amazing mustard chutney that tasted insane! Definitely not your average cobs... The cupcakes had the most amazing buttercream icing but I think there must have been a hint of ginger in the actual cake and I wasn’t too keen but the Macaroons surely made up for it! All of the food was freshly made and produced by the talented chefs in the Brasserrie. 













  






The Afternoon Picnic with Tea/Coffee for 2 people is £29.00 or £50.00 to have it with a Flute of Champagne each. If you split the price, it’s amazing value and we were worried that we weren’t going to be full when we left but I can honestly say that eating the last bit of the Macaroon was a struggle and when I was offered a drink at the end, I couldn’t because I was that full! 

The whole place is so lovely, the perfect spot to chill out after a day of shopping or for a pitt stop before you hit the shops some more! You can take a look at what else is on The Balcony menu here  and don’t forget to look at their amazing range of Champagnes. I’d love to go back for Brunch or to try some of the hot food so next time I’m in Brum, I’ll be sure to pop in!

You’ll be able to see my review in the Millennium Guide to Birmingham!