The spring menu at Malmaison Birmingham is a tasty two or three course affair depending on your choice. I went along to try how the spring menu measures up as a dairy-free diner and I had a really good experience. If you require a dairy-free option then it is best to let Malmaison know when you book the table. This gives them a chance to work out some alternatives for each course if needed. The spring menu has a number of tasty looking options and on consultation with the chef, I was offered a few ideas of what I could have prepared without any dairy.
Every dinner party has to have bread and olives with some cocktails. It’s a great way for everyone to get their appetites going for the main meal. The bread was fresh and the olives were plump with tangy brine rich flavours. I have to admit to eating more than my fair share of the olives before the meal began.
As I’m still on my medication I stuck to Virgin Mary cocktails but the other bloggers tried the spring cocktails. These all looked really pretty so I was a little disappointed to have to miss out. I have to say that the spicy, savoury Virgin Mary was very enjoyable though and I ended up having two as I drank them so quickly! I do still rate the Bloody Mary at Malmaison, which has a good flavour from the Malbec float they add. A very nice touch indeed and I can’t wait to have one again soon.
I chose the grilled masala spiced mackerel with sweet potato and lime pickle as my starter from the spring menu. The spices were quite subtle against the flavour of the mackerel but it all tasted delicious. This would normally be served with a raita but this was left off mine to make it lactose-free. The fish was cooked well and the sweet potatoes were just cooked adding a little al dente contrast to the soft fish. Isn’t the dish well presented too?
My main from the spring menu was a Chicken Milanese and rainbow chard with sides of spring vegetables, artichokes and potatoes. This was very tasty but I did miss the truffle mayonnaise with this as the chicken was a tiny touch dry without the sauce. The sides were all beautifully cooked and seasoned well. I think the artichokes were particularly good and thoroughly recommend them. I did eye with some envy the river trout that some of the other guests were enjoying. I think that’s a dish for me to return for.
Dessert for me was a dairy-free chocolate cake with a blood orange sorbet accompanied by a peppermint tea. The cake was a moist sponge cake with a rich chocolate flavour that I really enjoyed. Combined with the blood orange sorbet this was an excellent way to end the meal. I think this should go on the regular menu all year round! I have to say that I really appreciated how the kitchen had gone out of their way to ensure that I could have a proper dessert alongside the other guests at dinner and all they needed was a little advance notice of my dietary requirements. I think I need to start calling everywhere in advance now.
Malmaison, The Mailbox, 1 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 2JR. Tel: 01217943004
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