Bank restaurant in Brindley Place is one of the few restaurants in Birmingham that warrant the title of fine dining, and that's not just because of the Instagram-worthy waterside setting.
Part of the Individual Restaurant's group of venues which counts Piccolino's, and Cielo as its friends, Bank is perfect for the Brindley Place after-work drinking crowd it attracts thanks to the nearby offices. Whilst its alfresco drinking areas replete with decking, glass all clean lines and flattering lighting appeal to the drinker, its the menu and comments from friends that the food was superb, that made my sister and I choose it for our birthday lunch.
My three friends and I and I dined at 4pm and were led through the stylish restaurant to the outdoor waterside dining, which was soaked in sunlight. It was glorious.
We started with a few dishes to share such as the garlic bread, olives and a glass of rose prosecco each. I don't normally drink and the bubbles went almost-instantly to my head. Our giggles were met with smiles thanks to the amazing staff, who were truly attentive, professional and experienced in providing flawless service.
Mine..I mean, ours
I'm a select eater at the best of times, and when my tuna steak arrived, I horrified, demanded a change of order because I thought it was sashimi - as the menu stated. It turns out, it was in fact sashimi-'style' steak. I blame the prosecco. After advising me on what other options were available, I plumped for the fish cakes, which were truly meaty, fat bites that didn't scrimp on flavour nor filling.
These not-so-little fish cakes were three balls stuffed with salmon, herbs, and a little potato. Usually fish cakes are a potato-filled mess that lack flavour. These were not that kind. Not even slightly. No, I was won over by these tasty balls, and the earlier tuna mishap forgotten by the second bite.
Following a delicious main, the waiters bought out a surprise plate of cocoa-dusted truffles. It was really lovely, and the truffles divine.
Though we were all stuffed, we thought we'd order a dessert to share between the four of us. The sticky toffee pudding, sans raisins thank goodness, was a gluttonous, indulgent beauty that we all shared with a dollop of what seemed like just-churned ice cream. A superb birthday all round.
Our waiter also gave us membership cards which were already loaded up with £20 off credit, of which you can use at any of the restaurants within the Individual Restaurant's flock.