Here I will be talking about Birmingham’s most well renowned fine dining restaurant and holder of single Michelin Star, Purnells. Owned by the infamous Glynn Purnell. Seen regularly on television making fame from programmes such as the extremely popular ‘Great British Menu’.
Glynn Purnell had his first taste for cooking at 14 when he secured a work experience placement in a hotel. After leaving school he gained experience anywhere he could, from banqueting to the a la carte Terrace Restaurant. It was from these experiences that he realised his passion lay with fine dining.
He started experimenting with new flavours/combinations of food that he fed to his siblings and ended up as the award winning talented chef he is today. He has worked in many restaurants, won countless personal awards and also appeared on TV, but his ultimate dream was to win Birmingham’s first Michelin Star. He achieved this in 2005, this guy is unstoppable!
For my Make A Wish day I wanted to do something memorable and special, so for me it was between Raymond Blanc’s ‘Le Manoir’ and Purnells. I came to a conclusion shortly it had to be Purnells.
From the moment I stepped through the door the staff were attentive, polite and welcoming. They were on hand to help with anything and they immediately made me feel at ease and comfortable. Within seconds I was holding a cocktail recommended by the waiter and just as I was about to take my first sip I was suddenly aware of a presence at the table. It was only Glynn Purnell himself! I was so overwhelmed to meet one of my favourite inspiring chefs, and I soon realised that all the rumours are true that he really is the most genuine, funny down to earth guy. We chatted easily about our tattoos, food and the menu and decided i would try a few dishes from both menus, a couple of which were made famous on tv programme ‘The Great British Menu’.
It was an absolute honour to meet him and something my family and I will never forget. The evening was off to a great start and was only set to get better with the arrival of what was set to be mind blowing food, and an attack on the senses.
I won’t be giving the whole of the experience away but I will provide just a few of many pictures taken to give you an idea of the sheer brilliance and highlight my four particular favourites from the evening.
One of my favourite excellent starter courses for me was the: Woodland mushroom hollandaise – egg yolk – crispy potato – black truffle
I am a big fan of anything truffled and this dish was subtly flavoured with winter truffle and earthy mushroom. It was magnificent.
My next favourite course was a take on surf and turf with a difference: Carpaccio of beef – red wine octopus – home cured beef – salt beef – sour cream – sweet and sour onions.
Every single taste and texture worked in perfect harmony to create a beautiful balance of flavours.
Thirdly a succulent pork dish: Fillet of pork with black pudding – celeriac – cabbage cooked in apple juice – pork nuggets
Very meaty and enjoyable crunchy nuggets of pork with soft pieces of fillet and sweet apple sweetened cabbage. Depth and richness came from a very high quality of black pudding, a Slightly more familiar layout deconstructed.
Last but not least Venison lovers beware this dish was an excellent example of bringing out the deep rich flavour of a piece of extremely high quality meat: Balmoral venison – winter green purée – leeks and lettuce – liquorice
I lost count of all the courses but every single dish was nothing short of awesome. I recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for a truly memorable dining experience right here in Birmingham.
Visit www.purnellsrestaurant.com for a brief look at the menus and book your experience, its a must.
A big shout out to the staff at the restaurant, it was exactly what you’d expect in a fine dining restaurant, the wine flight between courses was enjoyed thoroughly by the females, the wine expert was highly knowledgable and naturally good at what he was doing. They are the best of the best we all felt well looked after they were so attentive and were never short of bread and butter, oh and the bread and butter words cannot describe how light soft and fluffy. If there’s one thing I regret it’s not stuffing my pockets with that bread for my scrambled eggs the following morning.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Glynn himself for a truly magnificent evening the small touches made it unforgettable for me and my family. I 100% stand by my decision to use my make a wish foundation grant to visit the restaurant and aim to make it to the Bistro in the near future if i can build up some strength. Thanks Chief!
To wrap up my short review i would say Purnells Restaurant is a must visit for anyone looking for immense fun, experimentation and damn good food. Right from the get go the experience is unforgettable and great memories are waiting to be shared with whoever you carefully decide to bring along for the sheer roller coaster ride of gastronomy and pure genius.
I cannot wait to book the bistro when ive built my strength back up. I know for a fact after this establishment it couldnt possibly let me down.
So what are you waiting for? Book your experience right now.