Monday. Nothing good ever came out of a Monday, let’s be honest. But Purecraft Bar & Kitchen is looking to change that with their very own supper club on the first Monday of each month showcasing current and brand spanking new dishes off their menu.
Hidden away on Waterloo Street, Purecraft is a joint venture from the guys behind Simpsons and Purity Brewing Company so it’s no surprise that the food here is next level restaurant quality and the craft and cask beers on offer, provide something a little different to what’s available in the city centre.
Purecraft has a vibrant atmosphere and a very distinct and polished vibe. Basic boozer this ain’t. The industrial interior, with exposed brickwork and steel finish is comfortable, with an open kitchen and long wooden tables at the back/downstairs and seats in the window. This is a place to drink and eat quality bar snacks or drink and eat restaurant quality food, there’s no in between and that’s fine with me.
The Monday Supper Club is relatively new and we’re here to sample 9 courses of the familiar and unfamiliar which is exactly what you want on a Monday. Because Monday.
We start with Scallop with Elderflower, delicate, delicious pieces of scallop with a fresh and zingy pop of flavour.
Pork Belly with Apple, is flavoursome and tender, with some decent crackling on top. Its divine and is gone as soon as it arrives, because mouthfuls are not enough for me. I want the entire Pork Belly next time, thank you please, Chef Neil.
Smoked Eel with Horseradish is the course that scares me the most on the menu because it’s so unfamiliar. Yet, I really enjoy the crispy croquettes that encase smokey, eel; it’s a lovely alternative to the usual ham and cheese croquettes that I eat on the regular. Colmore Sourdough is lovely and soft with a nice dollop of indulgent Beef Fat Butter too.
Juicy Isle of Wight Tomatoes in a smoky, sweet bacon dashi broth with crispy bits of salty bacon shouldn’t work, but it more than works and is complemented further with a dollop of goats curd.
Turbot and asparagus follows, with a dollop of chicken cream and sauce.
Lamb is served perfectly pink, with earthy black garlic and BBQ potato, its my kinda plate.
We are treated to a duo of sweets including ice-cold Sheep’s Yoghurt with licorice running throughout it. It’s a creamy, consistency and totally weird and wonderful due to the likeness to sambuca, yep you heard me, I kinda like it.
And finally, the dessert that transports me back to kidulthood. Chocolate Praline with Milk Ice Cream that reminds me of 10am bowls of Frosties watching Kenan & Kel repeats on Nickelodeon, you know them days. THE DREAM.
I really enjoyed the food at Purecraft, it’s that nice balance between fulfilling restaurant quality with a unique and interesting twist and zero food dickery which is a winning combo in my book. The service is friendly and informed and the staff are lovely. This is mate night, date night and everything in-between. Go and check it out for yourself.
Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, 30 Waterloo St, Birmingham B2 5TJ.