Birmingham is a city I know relatively well from my days living in the Midlands and as its such a foodie place, I found it harder than usual to select somewhere for dinner because the choices were endless. I was visiting with my mum for a midweek break at the High Field Town House and we’d already decided we wanted something Mediterranean so I was pretty chuffed that El Borracho, a relatively new tapas place, was just a stones throw from the hotel.
It’s always hard choosing somewhere to eat when you’re away but it’s a task I take real pleasure in. I peruse blogs, trip advisor and ask twitter and usually, its twitter which gives me the answer, or at least a final shortlist. I discovered El Borracho Del Oro in Edgbaston, this way when I was looking for somewhere to eat on a recent trip to Birmingham.
Some of my fave Birmingham bloggers rated it highly when it first opened so my expectations were high but unfortunately not quite met which is always disappointing On arrival we were greeted warmly and taken to our table, given menus but then… we waited… and waited for over twenty minutes before someone came back to us.
Finally our drinks order was taken, along with our food as we’d had plenty time to decide what we wanted. The hostess clearly realised we’d had to wait a long time and that we weren’t happy. I think she may have pushed the kitchen to get our order done quickly which made us a feel a bit embarrassed when our dishes started arriving before the next table’s who’d ordered before us.
Some of the food was absolutely delicious. We loved the cheese and ham croquettes, they were creamy and really moreish. The prawns were delicious too, chargrilled and full of garlicky goodness. I love getting in there and pulling off the shells. The baby courgette with it’s flower stuffed was interesting and not something I’ve had before. I loved it and would definitely recommend it.
The final two dishes weren’t quite as good. At £9.95 and on the specials, we found the suckling pig disappointing. A small square of quite bland meat with a soft fatty top and some grey, split broad beans left us wishing we’d ordered more of the croquettes. The tortilla was also dissapointing and quite dense although the fresh tomatoes accompanying it were tasty.
The main hostess (and possible owner) was great but very busy. The root of the problem was that there were not enough staff and we ended the night the way we began – by waiting. We were given a dessert menu and would have ordered if our waiter had returned. After around half an hour I went up to the bar to ask for the bill and paid it there. We left feeling really disappointed about the whole event.
It’s not often I give a bad review but I like to be honest about my experience. I know bloggers who’ve enjoyed their food there so I’m chalking this one up to a bad night.
*The bill for tapas for two plus two glasses of wine was around £60. The restaurant did not know I was planning to blog and we paid for our meal in full.*