Lunch bargains @ Wildwood 


restaurants, Review / Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

I was quite delighted when I discovered the Wildwood £10 lunch offer, I can’t deny it.

Wildwood Birmingham is found on New Street opposite Byron. I saw a promo board outside with an offfer for a lunch bargain; two courses plus a drink for a tenner.

Venue

Wildwood itself is a beautiful restaurant that feels modern, clean and relaxing. The restaurant is essentially split into two halves, and there are both booths and tables available depending on the size of the party. The staff are polite, attentive and personable, and the dining experience overall is very pleasant.

Having dined off the main menu once before when it first opened, I hoped Wildwood would offer a decent selection of food. With only a handful of tables taken up when we first arrived – half an hour after it opened – we were seated and served quickly.

We ordered from the £10 lunch menu, as it offers 2 courses plus a drink for less than the cost of most of the main meals. For £13 you can have all 3 courses.

Starters

From the starters available our group chose the Garlic and Rosemary Flatbread, Bruschetta, and Calamari. Arriving promptly the dishes were (on the whole) attractive and smelt lovely, and most notable was the generous portion sizes.

With diced tomatoes and basil piled high, the bruschetta pomodoro was fresh-tasting and a delicious nod to the Mediterranean flavours we all love. A healthy glug of olive oil ensured the toasted sourdough supporting the juicy topping was moist and tasty.

The garlic and rosemary bread (an enormous portion which could’ve easily served as an appetiser for 4) was stone baked and had balanced flavours, neither the garlic or herbs being overpowering. The fried calamari rings crispy, although the batter was almost burnt. The Cajun mayo wasn’t particularly spicy, but did add a bit of character to the dish.

Mains

We decided on the House Burger, Spaghetti Bolognese and the Hot Pepperoni Pizza (high fives again to the kitchen for providing excellent sized meals) which arrived swiftly by our smiling waitress. Having had a really disappointing burger at Byron recently (controversially I really don’t rate Byron at all; service and food was naff on Sunday) I was hoping this one would be good and I wasn’t disappointed.

I was really impresssd with the flavour and quality of the meat, and the rock salt and rosemary fries that accompanied it were crispy and fresh. I also got 3 massive pickles on the side which (as a proper pickle fiend) made my day. Shame the onion rings were a bit over cooked like the squid.

The pizza (they are big) had a stone baked base and a fairly generous amount of toppings. One small observation was that it lacked seasoning, but that was easily rectified using the black pepper and salt grinders on the table.

The bolognese pasta dish was bland, lacking in meat, and didn’t look quite as exciting as the other mains. Although it was plentiful it could have been richer, with the meat sauce itself lacking any real depth that perhaps a slosh of red wine or more tomatoes could have provided. A just passable pasta dish but not a bolognese to rival one may find in a restaurant that specifically deals in Italian food. I wouldn’t bother with pasta if I came back to eat from this menu again.

Experience

You can’t knock the price tag, that’s for sure. My reservation about the £10 lunch menu would be that the choices on both starters and mains are carb heavy – there are no lighter options such as salads or fish. Now I love dough, bread and pasta as much as the next person, but sometimes for lunch I (like many people) want a healthier or less stodgy choice. It would make sense to me for an additional main perhaps to be added that allows customers to make a slightly more virtuous choice if desired.

One slight gripe would be that the overall theme (visually and in terms of food) of the restaurant – part of a UK wide chain – is a bit confused; is it an Italian, is it a grill? It’s lovely either way, but as my fellow diner said after we left, “It’s nice I just don’t think it knows what it’s meant to be.” 

I’m definitely going to return to Wildwood and would have no hesitation in recommending it to those looking for a cheap lunch or an evening meal. The setting is ideal for a girly catch up or a date, and there’s enough on the main menu to please everyone, even if the lunch options aren’t up your street. They also do a cracking selection of cocktails, including a very refreshing gin fizz made with real lemons.

The Wildwood Birmingham £10 lunch offer is available Monday-Friday 12-5pm.

Wildwood Birmingham, 66 New Street, B2 4EU

Disclosure: We paid in full. This post is not affiliated with any brand/company mentioned within. All views are my own

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