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Time Restaurant

Time Restaurant

245 Broad Street,
Birmingham
B1 2HQ

Telephone: +44 (0)121 643 4224

May 2003

Taking over from the recently closed Birmingham branch of Quod, Time is a modern, bright and airy Restaurant and Bar in the heart of the Broad Street "entertainment" area of central Birmingham.

Our visit was for a late Saturday pre-theatre lunch and we arrived with less than glowing memories of the previous operation on the site so the excellent meal that we had was a double surprise.

We were welcomed by two very smart young staff who greeted us with a smile and showed us to a table with a great view of the comings and goings on Broad Street.

The Menus offered included very good value set price options but we decided to test the kitchen by going for the La Carte. To keep the hunger pangs at bay we ordered a portion of "Italian Style Breads" (2.50) and one of Bruschetta (3.00).

The breads were a very tasty selection of different flavoured breads (Garlic, Thyme, Walnut and Rye) all sliced & presented on a wooden board together with a bowl of creamy Italian Butter. A definite success. The Bruschetta gave us a hint of what was to come being four substantial slices of grilled Ciabatta Bread rubbed with garlic & smothered with very ripe tomatoes, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Very tasty & most generous portion.

For starters my wife chose the Stuffed Onion (6.50) whilst I selected a starter portion of Papardelle with chilli, tomatoes and garlic (5.95). The onion was in fact two very sweet roasted white onions stuffed with a mixture of bread and herbs. It was adjudged a success and a great idea for a winter supper. My pasta was perfectly al dente, the sauce gave the desired level of piquancy and the portion would have been a main course at several Italian Restaurants!

We accompanied the meal with a Sicilian Nero d'Avola which was an absolute bargain at 12.50 and a bottle of Still Mineral Water (3.00). The wine was delivered to the table with typical Italian flourish, i.e. opened and a taster poured into a large glass & duly sniffed & "assessed" by the waiter (an Australian Italian in Birmingham & extremely professional throughout). It was a gorgeous mouthful of warm ripe berry fruits and a perfect partner to our food. For main courses my wife's selection was a Veal Escalope Boscaiola (12.50) which she judged as "wonderful" whilst I ordered Grilled Calves Liver with Pancetta and Cannelini Beans (12.50). I asked for it to be cooked as pink as possible and am happy to report that it was the nicest Calves Liver that I have ever had. It was cooked to perfection, still pink in the middle, wrapped with deliciously salty pancetta and accompanied by a very healthy portion of the beans which had been cooked with rosemary.

Both main courses were very healthy portions and we were most relieved that we had not asked for side orders of veg. or salad!

We did not on this visit sample the dessert menu (although they did sound extremely tempting, we had to get to the Rep for the performance so , excuse the pun, time did not allow.

Overall a wonderful meal, very good staff and modern but not clinical decor so this will definitely be a future regular.

Ted Heath,
Olton, Solihull

 

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Time

Total Score: 81%
Quality: Exceptional
Service: Exceptional
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Good

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