Restaurant VMF | Fine Dining | Aston (Villa Park)
Restaurant VMF (Villa Midlands Food) is a fine dining restaurant offering locally-sourced food, and based in the Directors’ Suite at Villa Park Football Stadium.
My husband and I travelled by car to the restaurant and at first had trouble working out where we ought to park. Fortunately, the staff were very helpful and soon pointed us in the right direction. I thought this could have been made clearer on the website or signed better on approaching the stadium.
Despite the location being slightly out-of-the way, the Directors’ Suite at Villa Park is rather fancy, with exceptional service to match – perhaps not what you’d expect from a football ground! Although the service is very formal, the atmosphere manages to remain friendly and unpretentious. It would be nice to see a few more people dining there on a Sunday lunchtime, as it was pretty quiet during our visit.
The menu is not extensive, but there is a good selection of dishes, all beautifully presented.
My starter was a little underwhelming compared with my other courses: I had the poached pear, goat’s cheese and gingerbread, with port and honey dressing. I felt that perhaps the poached pear could have been a little sweeter and sharper to contrast more with the goats cheese. The The three cheeses themselves were mild and pleasant, and the different textures were interesting. My dining companions had the confit duck leg which they both found delicious.
I very much enjoyed my main course which was a whole chicken breast with confit chicken legs, potato rosti and broccoli (picture above). The chicken was beautifully cooked and seasoned, and the sauce it was served with brought the whole thing together very nicely. The mains also came with a side of roast potatoes and vegetables.
Things continued to get even better with the dessert. My lemon and elderflower tart with strawberry sorbet was one of the best desserts I have ever had. The tart was the right balance of sweet and sharp and the hints of elderflower added an extra dimension to the taste, and the base was baked to crumbly perfection. The strawberry sorbet had a wonderfully intense flavour and the meringue added small bursts of crunchy texture.
The wine selection isn’t huge with about four whites and four reds on the menu, but I can vouch for the house white being very pleasant. There are also a selection of ports and a couple of cocktails on the menu, although, as you’d expect, these aren’t particularly cheap, starting around £7.
This restaurant is very reasonably priced; three courses at lunchtime go for £22.95, with three courses in the evening costing £24.95. These are great prices considering the high quality of food and service at Restaurant VMF.
***Price update: for the month of May, three courses are priced at£19.95***
This restaurant seems to be a bit of a hidden gem. It is well worth the trek to the outskirts of Birmingham to experience such fine dining at such reasonable prices. You don’t even have to have an interest in football!
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