New York state of mind? I was made for that life, who isn’t.
Based off Colmore Row, New York Seafood and Steak restaurant, Jailbird has recently opened within the Lasan group and has been completely transformed to make use of the huge space across three floors.
Replacing American diner, Nosh & Quaff, Jalibird includes a lavish cocktail bar and marble aesthetic that takes over the ground floor, whilst upstairs there’s a stylish and luxe restaurant overlooking Victoria square. Its a much more spacious and comfortable space and is sure to encourage more people from the CBD and beyond to pop in for a drink or work through the food menu on offer. It definitely feels fresher, more feminine and a much more interesting big sister to its predecessor.
The menu is extensive offering an array of quality seafood and meat options from light risotto starters to huge portions of meat and lobster that are priced from £14-£59. Don’t expect to come here for a light meal, this is where concrete jungle dreams are made of- if you don’t know, get to know.
To start, I opt for Black Risotto with black Confit Garlic (£5.95) which can also be ordered as a main too (£12). The risotto rice retains its texture, is still sturdy and the almost-caramelised garlic pods complement the rice well. It’s hearty, earthy, comforting and a really lovely dish but I can’t help thinking I would have liked to have tried this with prawns to add another dimension and texture to the dish. Next time.
On to the mains and although the choice is extensive, I order the steak, because steak. The cuts on offer are huge and we’re told, are the same cuts of meat served up in Fiesta Del Asado. I opt for the 16 Oz Flat Iron (£26), served medium-well, alongside thick seasoned hand-cut chips. This was a quality, juicy piece of meat, cooked well that probably could have been half the size it was and I still would have been happy. The steak was served on its own with no salad or vegetables which I did miss and would have preferred but you can order on the side.
Dessert was Eton Mess with a twist- the twist being, grilled banana meringue, banana cream and homemade banana ice cream. As someone who is legit obsessed with bananas this was a lovely treat for me and a nice end to the meal. Sure, it’s not a dessert for the ‘gram but when food tastes dreamy, is it really necessary? Nah.
The service at Jalibird is slick, informed and mirrors my experiences at other restaurants in the Lasan group. The food is fantastic quality, the portions are huge, but some could say that the price point is a little steep for a mid week bite. This almost feels peak date night, mate night or work night when the boss is paying (you know the ones mwahaha), rather than a caj bite to eat but don’t let that stop you, try it out for yourself!
Jailbird, 130 Colmore Row, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3AP
*I was invited along to try the food and drink by Paul Fulford but didn’t have to write about it. As always, my opinions are my own*