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Once home to Birmingham’s Futurist Cinema and recipient of a £700,000 revamp and renovation, Lobster Peninsula is located on the bustling John Bright Street alongside many popular restaurants and bars, including BrewDog, Turtle Bay and Cherry Reds.
Just a two-minute walk from Birmingham New Street train station, the location is convenient for customers from both in and outside of the city.
After having been shown to our table by the receptionist, we started the evening with a pina colada and a cold pint of Peroni. The pina colada was absolutely perfect - the bartender clearly knows his stuff. The restaurant was about 70% full - pretty impressive for the middle of January - and provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Having already decided on the Lobster Peninsula seafood platter for our main, we opted for the grilled honey-and-lemon chicken wings and the mushrooms to start. The wings were cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of flavouring and spice. The mushroom starter comprised Portobello mushrooms in a double cream, garlic, parsley and brandy sauce, served with toasted bread. The sauce was delicious - thick, rich and bursting with flavour.
So far, although only having tried two basic dishes, we were impressed.
Next up - and what we were most looking forward to - was the restaurant’s speciality house platter. For £35 per person, diners can enjoy a whole grilled lobster, langoustine, scallops, a grilled squid skewer, prawn skewers, mussels, spicy rice, fries and a mango-and-watermelon salad, as well as a generous amount of both garlic butter and a spicy tomato sauce. We were in seafood heaven!
All the elements were cooked to perfection. The lobster was tender, the scallops were seared well and the creamy white wine sauce complemented the mussels nicely. Everything tasted beautifully fresh, and the ingredients were certainly of a high quality. The addition of the fries, spicy rice and salad was a welcome touch. The price tag is definitely representative of what you get.
Showcasing just four desserts, our waiter explained to us that the menu was a work in progress, which was no issue for us whatsoever. Admittedly, nothing jumped out at either my partner or myself, but eager to give Lobster Peninsula’s desserts a try, we opted for the lemon curd charlotte and the custard tart.
After the success of the previous two courses, we weren’t surprised to discover that the desserts were also stunning. The charlotte was rich without being too heavy, and was complemented by a lovely lime cream and some tasty sugared pecans. The custard tart was served warm with vanilla ice cream - the perfect end to an exceptional evening.
The service at this exciting new eatery was second to none, and the overall dining experience was certainly up there with the most pleasant we’d had. Both our waiter and the manager on shift couldn’t have done more to make us feel welcome and ensure that we had a memorable visit.
Lobster Peninsula is offering 50% off your bill if you dine with them throughout February - outstanding value for money, given the quality of the ingredients. It’s also running daily happy-hour cocktail deals - perfect for groups of friends or colleagues who fancy a couple of after-work drinks in the restaurant’s stylish and laidback balcony bar area. The venue also incorporates a spacious nightclub, for those who want to party on until the early hours.
If you’re not a fan of seafood, don’t let the name Lobster Peninsula put you off. The menu boasts an array of meat options too, including a 12oz beef steak, pork ribs, piri piri chicken and a rump beef mince burger, as well as non-seafood starters and salads.
I thoroughly recommend giving this place a try. I, for one, am certainly looking forward to returning to sample more of the glorious seafood that they have to offer.
**** Lauren Foster