Cucina Rustica Birmingham - Food and Wine Pairing
Cucina Rustica is an authentic Italian Restaurant nestled on Ludgate Hill in the heart of Birmingham's City between the busy Shopping Center and the beautiful St Paul's Square in the Jewelery Quater. It's easily accesible from both directions, it was just an 8 minute walk from Birmingham's New Street Station which is the way I got there on Friday afternoon.
I was invited for a 3 course food and wine pairing lunch with a friend, so we popped along on Friday afternoon. Cucina Rustica is a beautiful restaurant, with low lighting and fresh flowers (red roses) dotted all around. It's all very relaxing and stylish and very romantic. It would be the perfect place for a 'Date Night' but is also great for local Office lunches too.
My Menu consisted of the following:
Appetiser: Small Anitipasti
Glass of Prosecco to accompany.
Trio of Starters: Fungi con Fomaggio di Capra
Fegatini di Pollo
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Glass of Fiano Salento to accompany.
Main Course: Cosciotto D'agnello
Glass of Nero D'avola Montepietroso Sicily to accompany.
Trio of Desserts: Tiramisu
Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramel
Pera cotta al Barolo
Glass of Visanto del Chianti Classico
The fresh breads and olives were a lovely appetiser treat. Light and fluffy and a great way to start a meal. I'm not a fan of olives myself but my guest Alison who was joining me for lunch, loved them. There was bottles of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar on the table so I happily dipped my breads into the Balsamic Vinegar which is something I just love, it's yummy.
Served with a glass of Prosecco which is my favourite so what was not to love.
The Trio of Starters were very pretty, I loved the colours, so rich and warm. My favourite of the three was surprisingly the Chicken Liver which was delicious in it's rich creamy sauce. I've never tried it before but definatley order it again, it was very, very nice indeed.
Served with a lovely fruity white wine which suited the tastes spot on. I'm not a huge white wine drinker as often white wines served at restaurants are very dry so this was a pleasent surprise. I quite happily finished the whole glass with my Starters and it was lovely.
The Main was amazing! The Lamb Shank was huge, such a large portion, and that meat, well it just fell of that bone. It was beautifully cooked, crisp on the outside yet still slightly pink on the inside. The mash was so lovely and that gravy, it was rich and flavoursome and oh so good. I loved my Main course, I can happily say that, that was one of the best Lamb Shanks I have ever tasted. I would go back to Cucina Rustica for that Lamb alone.
Served with a glass of red wine which went perfectly. It was very warming and subtle.
The Trio of Desserts were delightful, I especially loved the Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramel.
The Dessert Wine which acompanied it sadly wasn't for me, it was very thick and high in sugar and very strong tasting. I've never tried a Dessert Wine before but the lovely Waitress was happy to tell me all about it. The service from the staff at Cucina Rustica are wonderful. Everyone is so attentive and helpful. Nothing is too much troble and service comes with a nice warm smile which is always a treat. Our Waitress was so sweet, she couldn't have been any nicer to us, but not just to us, to everyone around us too as we watched on.
Overall, I had a wonderful first experience of Cucina Rustica. The food is good, very good. The staff and the service are delightful and the place itself is very warm and charming.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal in return for an honest review.