It has a livelier vibe than the city centre one. Maybe because it's new, or because the crowd, although a mix of parents, freelancers and students, it's achingly cool.
Oh yes. Yes please. Boston Tea Party in Harborne, is the second branch of the little South-West cafe chain that recently came to Birmingham.
Housed in the recently refurbished School Yard, overlooking an open yard, it is pretty bloody perfect.
I'd like to take credit for this second branch. I interviewed the marketing manager and owner of BTP and head chef at the Birmingham branch and recommended Harborne when they asked where next (if anywhere), in Birmingham and they said they'd consider it. And I'm so pleased they did, because it was the most-perfect place for a lazy lunch with my sisters and mother on my day off.
The food was sensational. Truly. It's not kind of average food done well, it's delicious concoctions that are rustled up by talented chefs.
My sister's chicken enchilada was presented in a way that I'd never seen before. It looked like a lasagne, but with black beans, sweetcorn, salsa and avocado falling out of a tortilla and chicken-layered slab.
It was delicious and tasted gluttonous. Filling and satisfying.
I had what was basically a chicken sandwich on wholemeal bread with cheese and spicy sauce. It was divine.
The pièce de résistance however, were the sweet potato fritters. Good lord these were amazing. I'd never have thought about deep-frying sweet potato, but it's a god-damn delight. Served with a thick, slightly tangy home-made mayonnaise, we all demolished the plate in about 5 minutes.
From what I remember of the city centre branch, the service was great, and it has been carried through to the Harborne branch. All of the staff were charming, honest and witty.