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Fumo: Bar, Cicchetti, Ristorante

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by Terri Facey (subscribe)
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Published June 23rd 2013
Tapas lovers, eat your fill
When you think of an Italian restaurant, what comes to mind? A rustic 'authentic' restaurant with a vast array of cichetti and decorated with cured meats hanging from the walls? Or a swanky establishment that boasts fresh fish from the menu with Italian waiters that cater to your every whim.


Fumo, which is a sister restaurant of the Italian chain San Carlo, is as authentic as they come, but what makes it different from the rest, is the menu; the cichetti-tapas are not starters or sides, but the whole meal. It's been done before, but its still refreshing and a novel concept, which almost sets the tone for the experience. Opposite Louis Vuitton, decorated beautifully modern, marble tables, with clever lighting, cured meats adorning the stylish glass/mirror walls and windows make for a very fashionable meal.

Menage of desserts

Having recently come back from Barcelona and only eating tapas, I had high hopes for Fumo. It didn't disappoint, but it was very standard. Scallops that were satisfactory, but were presented beautifully. The dessert was something of a delight, a menage of mini puddings and my date had a delicious apple strudel, that made up for the average scallops.

Apple strudel
Apple strudel

I would go back for pre-drinks, as it has a wonderful little cocktail bar, a light meal, or if you want a sweet end to the day.
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Why? Pre-drinks and a light meal
When: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm
Phone: 0121 643 8979
Where: Birmingham central
Cost: 28 and upwards
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