Since having Taylor we don’t tend to go out for slap up meals as often as we used to, preferring to stay local in case we end up with a screaming eight-month old – “everybody’s giving us disapproving looks” – scenario. But when some friends told us about the new Nosh & Quaff Birmingham which opened this summer selling “massive lobsters” and beef ribs that were “basically a whole cow attached to a bone”, we just had to take our chances and go and see it for ourselves.
Following the rave reviews from our friends beforehand, we already had high expectations on arrival. We’re also fans of the Lasan Group, so we were looking forward to seeing what their new venture has to offer.
Upon arrival we were seated in an American-style booth on the ground floor. We were next to the entrance so we didn’t have the best seat in the house, but were probably seated there so that we had enough space for the pushchair. On the plus side we were directly in front of the bar so we were able to admire (and order) the vast collection of cold beers on offer – the perfect accompaniment to a meat feast.
The interior at Nosh & Quaff Birmingham has a relaxed, laid-back vibe with a mixture of communal benches with tall stools and red leather booths to encourage a buzzy, social atmosphere. It’s unapologetically informal encouraging you to eat with your fingers and “get messy” – the large plastic bib you get within your napkin promises that you will want to get stuck in to your food.
There are just seven mains on the menu to choose from ranging from £12 for the vegetarian truffled mac and cheese burger, to £20 for the whole lobster. I ordered the beef ribs, whilst the others opted for lobster and pork ribs. We also ordered the chicken wings to share.
Too big for plates, each of the dishes were served on a tray and all were met with approving oooh, aaahs and excited rubbing of our hands. All of the food looked fantastic – both the pork and beef ribs were humongous and (let’s face it) whole fresh lobster is always going to look inviting.
Beef ribs Nosh & Quaff
And it all tasted as good as it looked. My beef ribs were cooked to perfection with huge pieces of hickory glazed beef (a little short of a whole cow) falling off the bone – I had to bat Mr M’s prying hands away from them throughout the meal (to be fair I had offered to share upon ordering and changed my mind when the dishes arrived. Naughty). The pork ribs looked equally as tasty although perhaps a little fatty for my liking (because it’s pork, not because of the quality) and the fresh lobster received rave reviews.
There’s nothing that irks me more than a plate of food that looks puny, or having to order numerous sides to complete a meal – there’s none of that pretense at Nosh & Quaff. The dishes were all served with a generous portion of fries and various accompaniments for a downright satisfying full-belly experience.
On to dessert (more??) and it was a toss up between the rocky road or the cheesecake. We decided to share the rocky road – rich chocolate brownie, nut brittle, marshmallow, ice-cream and loads of chocolate sauce – which was as good as it sounds and was the perfect way to end our two-hour face fill.
It’s a good job we had those bibs.
Taylor had the courtesy to wait until we’d finished our meal before she started to punch at the blanket we’d draped over the hood of her pram. Confident that this wasn’t going to stop I peeked in to be met with a beaming smile and couldn’t resist a cuddle. However, this was quickly met by a panicked ‘where the hell have you brought me after bedtime?’ face followed by a “look how irresponsible my parents are!” wailing. Time to get the bill and make a run for it before everybody starts to give us disapproving looks.
A great night had by all and a definite must-do on the Birmingham food scene.
Have you visited Nosh & Quaff Birmingham yet?
Lobster Nosh & Quaff
Pork ribs Nosh & Quaff