A few weeks ago, I treated myself to some proper alone time and a little spa weekend in Birmingham. Perhaps not the most obvious choice, but I had found return tickets on the Trainline sale for £8, so it was a no-brainer.
I stayed at the lovely Hotel du Vin, which was conveniently situated to get around the town centre, but was a little haven of tranquillity once inside.
I purchased the spa treatment plus two course lunch deal and had a heavenly aromatherapy massage.
Lunch was fine, nothing amazing, but it did the job!
I wouldn’t go back for the food, but I’d definitely return for the peaceful hotel and the spa treatments.
This weekend, L and I went for an early Valentine’s lunch treat at Salmontini, which serves sushi and modern European cuisine. I overheard the maitre d’ telling another customer that there are two parts to the kitchen and one side makes all the sushi and the other is run by an Italian chef, which seemed like a fascinating way to run a restaurant kitchen to my inexperienced ears! The menu was mixed up in a slightly strange way with the sushi and the European cuisine, but I actually think that meant it catered nicely for everyone. We both had avocado maki with caviar to start with and it was, without a doubt, some of the tastiest sushi I’ve ever had! I loved the presentation, too – so pretty! For mains, we had mushroom gnocchi and poached salmon with sautéed green beans. The gnocchi may not have looked as pretty, but it was certainly the star of the table, with a heavenly creamy sauce. Naturally, we had to make room for desserts and we had a melting hot chocolate bomb and a berry mille feuille. Both were delicious and there were two plates scraped very clean!
The restaurant, though very chilly (most of the ladies had to keep their coats or scarves on and I think there was something wrong with the AC), had a relaxed, yet elegant, atmosphere and I loved the jazz playing softly in the background. The service was wonderful and attentive in the best possible way. Definitely somewhere to revisit asap!
A friend suggested we catch up at Sexy Fish after work last week and so I duly toddled off to Green Park, arrived at the restaurant and asked for a table at the bar. According to my friend, it can take a few months to get a proper table here, which I found quite astonishing! However, there are a few bar tables that you can turn up and ask to be put on the waiting list for, so that’s what we did. As we arrived at 6pm, we were the first on the list and soon seated near the bar, with great views of the busy restaurant. The bar is lovely. There are fish sculptures above it and at either end there are beautiful, blue mermaid sculptures. I could’ve happily whiled away my time with a glass of wine, watching the smartly-dressed bar staff mixing cocktails for the restaurant’s glamorous patrons. I’m afraid the food was so heavenly that we gobbled it all up without taking any photos – oops! However, I really enjoyed spicy tofu noodles, bbq pork belly, salt and pepper squid, and a variety of maki rolls and gyoza – yummy! I definitely want to go back and next time I vow to eat slowly and take more photos…