Vegan menu launch at Bank restaurant in Brindley Place, Birmingham
vegan food in Birmingham
Not so long ago I shared my 3-course dining experience at Bank one of Birmingham’s most sophisticated restaurant and bars with views overlooking the cities iconic canal at the heart of Brindleyplace. The food was gorgeous, and we had a wonderful evening watching the night draw in and the twinkling lights reflecting off the canal into the elegant candlelit dining area.
However, when browsing the menu one thing I wanted to see more of was vegetarian options. So, I was delighted to hear shortly after my visit that they were not only introducing more veggie dishes on the menu but instead doing one better and launching a separate vegan menu with sharing plates, starters, mains and desserts!
To celebrate the launch Bank Birmingham kindly invited me back to experience a complimentary 3-course vegan menu with my partner, so after loving our last visit we couldn’t wait to go back!
Because we enjoyed the fruity mocktails so much last time, we couldn’t resist ordering a sweet and refreshing ‘Friends with benefits’ (£4.50) and an ‘Elderflower bubbly’ (£3.00) while we browsed the impressive new vegan menu .
To share we had ‘Giant Apulian Cerignola olives’ (£4.25) and ‘Grilled flatbread’ (£6.50) with Pea hummus, crudites and spiced nuts. Since having the charred flatbread with chickpea hummus last time, I have been craving it ever since, so I was intrigued to find out what the pea hummus would be like.
My partner and I can both confirm the pea dip tasted beautiful accompanied with crunchy bites of flatbread sprinkled with nuts and pieces of radish and carrot. I’m always making hummus at home so I’m definitely going to give pea hummus ago although I doubt, I’ll be able to make it as delicious as Bank’s so I will be going back for this, but not to share, I’ll be having one all to myself!
I love veggies, I eat at least five varieties every day, so when I spotted deep fried vegetables in batter on the menu my evening was complete – because although I try to eat healthy who doesn’t like fried food? But this was a lot healthier with it being a light crispy batter that tasted amazing. The ‘Tempura seasonal vegetables’ (£8.00) were accompanied by a Chilli jam dip and lime. Before trying I wasn’t too sure what to expect dipping my battered veggies into jam, but they make the most delicious pairing and is a dish I would certainly go back for.
Another starter dish we shared together was the beautifully presented Salt & pepper organic tofu (£8.50) with watercress, white radish, sesame and soy. Whenever I have tofu, I’m always slightly picky about its texture as I’m not so keen on silky soft tofu I prefer the firmer kind. So, with it being the softer variety I couldn’t finish it all, but the seasoned crispy coating and salad drizzled with sweet chilli made it too hard to resist.
For my main, I opted for the Superfood salad (£12.50) with quinoa tabbouleh, beetroot, avocado, pomegranate, kale, tahini dressing, spiced nuts & seeds. The colourful dish is the perfect healthy-summer go to; I can imagine myself eating this for lunch on the terrace overlooking the canals at Bank – we just need the sun to come back to Birmingham to make the cosmopolitan lunch date complete. This superfood dish was lovely I enjoyed all the different flavours and textures I just found it very filling so sadly couldn’t finish it all. I regret not asking if I could take my leftovers home because I was craving it once I was settled at home later that evening.
Although, being too full to finish my main probably wasn’t helped by indulging in the most amazing baked sweet potato chips (£4.00)!
My partner felt the same too, he had the ‘Malaysian red curry’ (£13.75) consisting of Aubergine, tofu, pak choi, broccoli, fragrant rice and grilled pineapple salsa. He loves his curries and said this one was flavoursome and rich and loved how healthy it was packed full of chunky vegetables.
Thankfully on the vegan menu, there’s just sorbet for dessert so we managed to fit in a very sweet ‘Raspberry sorbet’ (£7.50) made with fresh berries and hazelnut brittle and the dreamiest of coconut sorbet. I could so imagine myself eating this on a tropical beach somewhere, the coconut one was my favourite.
We both agreed that the new vegan menu at Bank Birmingham is impressive, they’ve done a fantastic job at creating attractive dishes that are healthy and full of flavour. We can’t wait to return and try out the rest of the vegan menu, especially the vegan burger!
To see more photos of the delicious menu and gorgeous interior at Bank, see my Facebook album.
Disclaimer: Complimentary three course meal for two. All photos and words are my own.