As a good little primary school teacher, committed to keeping abreast with the latest developments in my field, every year around this time I make the journey down to Birmingham to visit the Education Show at the NEC.
Dedicated as I am, I always make sure I’ve seen everything by lunchtime so I can head into town for some sustenance. Last year I ate at Min Min Noodle Bar and the Michelin starred Simpsons.
This year, Adam’s Restaurant was the top of my list.
Achieving a Michelin star within a few months of opening, Adam’s is unbelievably a “pop up” with only a two year lease. (There are plans afoot to move to as larger premises in Birmingham once the lease expires.)
I opted for the 9 course tasting menu, which came with a series of canapés. Each dish was well conceived and executed faultlessly. My favourite dishes were the Spelt and the Veal. Service was exemplary.
Beetroot & goat cheese meringue
Steak tartare with miniature ‘egg yolks’
Liquid roast chicken with sage & onion stuffing
Razor clam, garlic, jersey royal new potatoes
Wood pigeon, golden beetroot, watercress, white onion ash
Skate wing, dashi, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, saffron tapioca, roasted prawn powder
Spelt, chanterelles, trotter, chantenay carrots, egg yolk puree
Red mullet, bouillabaisse, asparagus
Veal, ‘pot au feu’, cheese on toast, Périgord truffle
Carrot, candied walnut, soy sauce
Apple, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla
Blueberries, goat curd, sorrel, oats