Yesterday, I went out for lunch with C and his family to Cielo restaurant in Birmingham, to celebrate his Mum’s birthday!
I wore a French Connection lace dress with a nude undertone (the dress is actually called ‘cheeky pink’ how lovey is that?) Guess shoes in a nude and Jones’ clutchbag, also in nude.
Off we we went for a Strawberry Mojitos (or two) at Bank. I’ve blogged about Bank before, it’s a cocktail hot-spot in Birmingham, and a busy restaurant.
Cutest family or what!?
Then, for some much needed lunch! We went to Cielo; a modern Italian themed restaurant in Brindley Place.
You can find all the menus on their website, as well as book a reservation and find out about up coming events.
For starters, I ordered the ‘ Tortino di pesce’ which consisted of Salmon & cod fishcakes, peas, spring onion, mixed leaf salad, with lemon and garlic mayonnaise.
Unfortunately there was hardly any fish, and the portion was simply too big for a starter! Quality over quantity I think the saying is.
C’s Mum went for the ‘ Tagliatelle fiorentina’ consisting of Tagliatelle pasta, chicken, wild mushrooms, spinach, pine nuts all in a white wine cream sauce.
This was delicious! However, once again the portion could have been halved in size.
Both C and his Dad, opted for the ‘ Calamari Fritti’-Squid rings lightly dusted with seasoned flour, deep-fried and served with garlic & lime mayo.
C always has calamari in any restaurant we go to, so one could presume he was something of an expert! He said they were ‘very tasty.’
How inviting does this lemon yellow sauce look, with the dashing of swimming wilted spinach? This is the ‘Sogliola al vino Blanco’ -fillets of lemon sole, tossed baby spinach leaves with vine tomatoes in a white wine & lemon grass sauce.
This was simply scrumptious, I couldn’t help but reach across the table to dip my finger in the sauce continuously.
I went for the ‘Brasato Di Maile’-braised pork belly, crispy pancetta, apple pureé,creamed Savoy cabbage, with a Madeira wine jus.
It was pleasant, I would have personally enjoyed the crackling to be slightly crispier. The problem is I love belly Pork, and am a fussy madam regarding how it’s cooked!
C had the ‘Filetto di manzo al Pepe’-fillet of farm assured beef, chunky chips, served in a pepper corn sauce.
Also, very tender and tasty, served a little cool (although us English are renowned to like our food piping hot which apparently, doesn’t do the flavours any justice, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt on this one.)
(sorry about the photo..I know it’s a little dark. Here’s hoping someone will buy me a ‘real’ camera one day, so I don’t have to keep using my iphone!)
All in all, a pleasant luncheon, with a few teething problems!