The team behind Edmunds, one of Birmingham’s many fine dining eateries, have relaunched their venue. 
Edmunds Bistro de Luxe is designed to make the restaurant more accessible to more customers more often, offering a wider choice, with more flexible and diverse menus.

Coming straight off the back of receiving two AA rosettes, and overlooking the Brindleyplace fountains, the venue prides itself on showcasing classic French country cuisine, cooked in a modern style and using best-of-British ingredients.

Part of this new concept is the arrival of the Menu Du Jour set menu, offering diners two courses for £19 from Tuesday to Friday between 12pm and 2.30pm, and from Tuesday to Saturday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. If you take into account the fact that the main courses alone start from £16, the set menu really does offer exceptional value for money.

Whilst sipping on two beautifully created French martinis, we perused the mouthwatering menu with great excitement - everything sounded absolutely delicious!

Sticking (mostly) with the Menu Du Jour options, to start, I chose the honey-roasted lamb sweetbreads and paimpol haricot beans served with autumn truffle, girolle mushrooms and a truffle dressing, which was served at the table. It was a stunning dish, both in taste and appearance. The earthy taste of the truffle and the mushrooms perfectly complemented the sweet taste of the sweetbreads. The haricot beans helped bring the dish together, giving it more substance and adding yet another welcome flavour.

My partner opted for a dish that wasn’t included in the set menu - the Mediterranean gazpacho with pink crevette and octopus, served with heritage tomato, anchoiade and parmesan. The sweet, juicy shrimp and tender octopus were the perfect accompaniment to the thick, rich gazpacho, while the tomatoes helped deliver a real sense of freshness. The salty flavour of the anchoiade brought yet another dimension to the dish - a flavour sensation indeed.

Fittingly, we decided to share some escargots. You can’t visit a French restaurant without ordering a few snails, can you? That’s if they’re to your taste, of course. Served with garlic and parsley butter, they were certainly a tasty addition to the starters.

Then to our main dishes. Again choosing from the set menu, I opted for monkfish cheeks, which were served with ratatouille and smoked aubergine purée, olive croquettes and red pepper, courgette and basil coulis. The monkfish was the nicest I’ve ever tasted, cooked to perfection and showcasing a beautifully meaty texture. The smoked aubergine purée was one of my highlights of the evening - it was an absolute dream and a perfect accompaniment to the fish. The olive croquettes added another texture; the coulis, bursts of additional flavours. I could have eaten it three times over!

My partner’s main course came in the form of supreme of free range guinea fowl served with girolles mushrooms, parmentier potato, butternut squash purée, pine kernels, blackberries and a roasted guinea fowl jus. Again, the guinea fowl was cooked to perfection, the soft meat offering a nice contrast to the salty, crispy skin. The other elements, not surprisingly, worked extremely well together, creating a very tasty plate of food.

When eating from the Menu Du Jour, for a £5 supplement diners can choose any dessert off the à la carte menu - which is, of course, what we did.

We shared a hot toffee soufflé, served with chocolate ice cream, and a raspberry & chocolate éclair, served with nougatine and raspberry sorbet. Both desserts provided a very enjoyable end to our Edmunds fine dining experience.

Edmunds Bistro De Luxe is fine dining at its best. The service is commendable, with the staff being both knowledgeable and welcoming. The food was exemplary and the surroundings just as impressive. There wasn’t a single thing on the menu that I wouldn’t have been happy to order, and I can’t wait to return to sample more of the exquisite food that the team have to offer.

**** Lauren Foster