The Chameleon Restaurant & Bar | Birmingham City Centre
The Chameleon is renowned in Birmingham for its quality cocktails and is the ideal evening location for a spot of sophisticated fun on the dance floor. But discerning diners run the risk of overlooking the restaurant, which would be a great shame.
[by Sanjeeta Bains]
With its glamorous lighting and upbeat music, the sophisticated decor at The Chameleon creates a seductive ambiance at dinner that insists you luxuriate and indulge.
Former Hotel du Vin chef Dave Gill has designed a menu for all tastes. You can order everything from pizza to kobe fillet steak. I opted for the kobe fillet steak tartare with quail egg yolk and white truffle oil as my starter. This dish is not for everyone but kobe beef is a delicacy and I’m glad I took my opportunity. The richly flavoursome red raw beef was tangy and zesty. In comparison, however, the polenta crusted scallops with seaweed and squid ink risotto felt lacking in flavour.
When it came to the main course, the pan seared fillet of salmon on saffron mash with a lobster and crayfish bisque sauce was pleasant, but the stunning goats cheese and caramelised red onion gnocchi with wilted baby spinach and white wine cream sauce was divine. This was simply the most delicious pasta dish I’ve enjoyed in a quite a while. I thought I had no room left for dessert, but polished off every crumb of the hot treacle tart with crème anglaise, ending dinner in decadent style.
A classic cosmopolitan was the perfect pre-dinner drink, and made to the Chameleon standard - neither too sour or sweet. A generous range of mocktails is also available. A bottle of South African drostdy hof chenin blanc nicely offset our rich meal. The wine list boasts a good selection of both Old World classics and the finest of the New World to give the impressive cocktails a run for their money.
As befits a place as proudly glamorous as The Chameleon Restaurant & Bar, there are some fabulous star turns on the restaurant menu. Overall, expect an A-list dining experience.
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