Bun & Bowl Valentine's Day Menu

Last weekend, myself and a bunch of fellow Birmingham bloggers descended upon Bun & Bowl to try out their Valentine's Day menu.
There was cocktails, food, conversations and a violinist present at the event and as you can imagine, it was a lot of fun.

We were given two entrees, the first was "Surprises of a Passionate Heart", which was hot soy milk, avocado ballotine, smoked salmon and a mushroom cappuccino. I was surprised by this dish and was a little hesitant to try it because it looked a little intimidating. I was also slightly in awe of how pretty it looked. It appeared we all felt the same, as we were all waiting for someone to try it and eventually egged each other on to do so. The cappuccino was mushroom soup with a foam on top, I found this really tasty and creamy. The mushroom was well accented but it left a slight aftertaste in the mouth. However, this taste was diminished by the canape. The bruschetta was crunchy yet soft and the avocado was perfectly ripe and the smoked salmon was the perfect accompaniment for it all.

The second entree was oysters on a bed of ice and with lemon juice or as they had aptly named "A Pearl For My Love". I have never tried oysters before so I was slightly excited and scared, especially as it looked a tad creepy, but I am glad I did because I can now tick it off my bucketlist. I also found out that I am not a fan but if you like oysters then you would love how these are served.

As you all know by now, I am a picky eater with a list as long as my arm of ingredients I can not have. The burger that is on the menu is actually contains beef but I am allergic to beef so they made mine with chicken. It was the tastiest burger I have had in a long time. Normally I leave the bun because I find it too heavy but this bun wasn't heavy at all, it was perfection. The chicken was also seasoned well and was succulent and it had the right amount of salad. This was then accompanied by fries, a chilli barbecue sauce and truffle mayonnaise. I loved the sauces, wish there had been more and the homemade fries were rivalling Mcdonalds. You need to try this.

I am hesitant to try desserts because I know that most will contain an element of dairy, so I was excited to see what Junior, the head chef, would be offering and he did not disappoint. The dish was called "Strawberry Delights", which was crunchy chocolate lemon jus with thyme, strawberries with a touch of black pepper, foam cacao and mint gratin. As you can see from the image above, it was an explosion of colour and taste and it was truly satisfying. If I could add anything to this, it would be some sort of crunchy element but I still did enjoy it and liked how all the flavours worked well together.

It is great when you are able to sample dishes you wouldn't normally try on a daily basis and even better when you enjoy them. This menu took me on a food journey of love and I came out the other end satisfied. That is my way of saying it was a great event and an even better menu. The best thing being that they are able to cater to allergies and intolerances and not alter the quality of the food, so just let them know.

The actual Valentine's Day menu will be £30 per person, served at both Madeleine and Bun and Bowl, this includes a glass of red fruit champagne, a choice of 5 entrees, a palette cleanser, a choice of 2 main courses and a choice of 2 desserts. The violinist will also be present on the night. There are still tables available but they are booking up fast so be sure to book asap.

I would like to thank all the bloggers that attended the event and to William and Junior at Bun and Bowl.

If you try this menu then please let me know what you think.

*Although the food was complimentary, my opinions were not paid to be the same*

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