I’ve never been much of a gambler, but when we visited Las Vegas (and subsequently booked our wedding!) in October last year I got quite a taste for Blackjack. With our forthcoming nuptials in Sin City at the forefront of mind, I was delighted to be invited to Broadway Casino to check out their Italian eatery, aptly named The Restaurant.
First impressions of The Restaurant (which opened in January this year) are good, and the elevated open plan nature of the venue allows you to ‘people watch’ without feeling like you’re sat at a roulette table. There are a mixture of seating options, ranging from big round tables for 10+ to secluded spots for two, and it looks and feels how an upmarket restaurant should. The piano is a nice added touch.
We were greeted by Roberto – a fully fledged Italian who came from the San Carlo group to get this new venture off the ground – who explained the premise of the restaurant and the newly condensed menu. It was great to hear him passionately talk about his love of food, and how he sources some of the most important ingredients from Rome to ensure quality.
The menu itself offers the usual Italian fare you’d expect, including various pastas and pizzas, as well as steaks, fish and chicken. We were treated to some (fabulous) olives, rustic style bread and dipping oils to start before our order was taken, followed by some Martini-based cocktails.
The recommended starter was a sharing platter of cured Italian meats, mozzarella, artichokes and pickle, which was absolutely delicious. The quality of the food was truly faultless, and it was a nice surprise to be individually served items from the platter with an explanation as to what they were and where they are from.
Main course was fillet steak (very well priced at £20 in my opinion!) and on Roberto’s recommendation I opted for the fillet topped with pate. The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare and the vegetables and accompaniments were all spot on. Having expressed how much I like red wine, we were also recommended a fabulous bottle of Ripassa (light and delicious) which complemented the mains perfectly.
Dessert was a sharing platter of treats including mini cheesecakes, chocolate topped pastries, and a (potentially life changing) Forero Roche ice cream. Our server told us about their after dinner drinks and recommended some delicious liqueurs for us to sample – I imagine if you’re a whisky fan you’d be in heaven with these small but potent tipples!
What’s the verdict?
The Restaurant is nestled at the back of the casino, set in Broadway Plaza. Having lived 5 minutes walk from the plaza when I first moved to Birmingham, I’m familiar with the area although I can’t say I frequent it much anymore, and unfortunately it seems I’m not alone. The plaza was very quiet for 8pm on a weekend, with only the casino, Franky & Benny’s, the cinema and the bowling alley left operational. Not quite the bustling Friday night hangout and date spot it was ten years ago.
The casino is clean and has a very well put together team running the catering side of things. There’s also a nice bar to have cocktails or drinks in before or after a game of cards. The Restaurant itself offers affordable fine dining, with a truly passionate leader at the helm; my only worry is that with having to be a member just to enter the casino and minimal footfall, this little gem might not get the customer traffic it actually deserves. It could almost benefit from having a second entrance, just for the eatery, but I understand this would probably be unlikely due to the safety regulations re getting into a casino.
The food and service (I honestly can’t praise Roberto enough) is worth a visit if you’re on the look out for a quality dining experience outside of The Mailbox area – add it to your list.
Disclaimer: as part of the invite to review this restaurant the meal and drinks were complimentary. All views are still my own.