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A new addition to Birmingham’s Resorts World complex, rooftop bar & restaurant Sky By The Water opened its doors in January following a multi-million pound investment.
Boasting stunning views, a classy gold and blue interior, an exclusively curated cocktail menu and a food menu that offers a refreshed twist on classic British and French cooking, Sky By The Water has a capacity of 260 and is located just off the A45 from Coventry.
The restaurant menu has been created by Birmingham-born Head Chef Aaron Darnley and includes slow-cooked ox cheek, bamboo-steamed medallion of cod with a chorizo & bean cassoulet, lamb hotpot with sticky red cabbage, and lightly spiced curried sweet potato, cauliflower, spinach and peas with puffed black rice.
Following a warm and polite welcome, we were shown to our table. We were sat at the back of the restaurant against the floor-to-ceiling windows (the best spot in the house!) and enjoyed an ever-so-tasty Butterscolada cocktail (Koko Kanu coconut rum, homemade butterscotch sauce and double cream!) whilst admiring a beautiful sunset and perusing the food menu.
Selecting from starter options including seared scallops with black pudding, cauliflower and apple, risotto of mushroom laced with truffle oil and Italian hard cheese, and chicken and duck liver parfait with sticky onion jam and brioche bun, we chose duo of salmon, poached and hot smoked, bound in crème fraiche, with pea, mint and shallot salad, and the pulled ham hock with English mustard mayonnaise, pickled vegetables and crispy croutons.
The salmon starter was light, fresh and an enjoyable dish to kick off the evening’s proceedings. The ham hock was equally tasty. Both were presented beautifully.
For my main course, I ordered fillet of Scottish beef with mushroom, tomato and chips. The steak was cooked perfectly and boasted a melt-in-the-mouth texture. It did, however, lack ever so slightly in flavour. I’ve eaten so many incredible steaks over the years that it’s hard not to make comparisons. I also ordered a side of onion rings, which were absolutely delicious. Large in size, the batter was of a perfect consistency. They were certainly up there with some of the nicest I’ve eaten.
My partner opted for the pan-fried breast of cornfed chicken, confit leg, crispy gnocchi, yellow oyster mushrooms, broad beans and a mushroom sauce. The flavours from this dish were fantastic. The chicken was cooked nicely and boasted a salty and delicious crispy skin, while the mushroom sauce, one of the nicest elements, helped bring the dish together. Elegantly presented, it was a dish we’d be happy to order again.
Desserts at Sky By The Water come from a pastry team headed by Darryl Collins, a finalist on Channel Four’s Bake Off: The Professionals. Unfortunately, due to time, we didn’t get a chance to sample any of the sweet treats on offer. Arctic roll with a soured cherry compote, streusel choux bun with a pear, hazelnut and praline crémeux and salted caramel millionaire’s shortbread with butterscotch crémeux and malted milk ice-cream were amongst the mouthwatering options available.
Neither the restaurant nor the bar area were overly busy, and the service, although friendly, was a little slow, which was why we missed out on dessert - a shame because I’d heard great things. What we did get to sample, however, was certainly enjoyable and of a high quality.
I can definitely see myself visiting the venue again, pre-Genting Arena gig, to sample some more of its cocktails.
**** Lauren Foster
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