Expect some imaginative dishes when Moseley’s newest restaurant opens its doors on Friday.
Little Blackwood has been set up by Ben Taylor in the premises that used to house the wine bar and kitchen Cheval Blanc.
There are starters such as Szechuan fillet of beef tartar with smoked egg yolk, parmesan and a sesame tulle or lightly-spiced quail with a crisp leg meat lollipop, red lentil dhal and homemade peshwari naan (both £8).
Main courses include braised short rib of beed with caramelised artichoke puree, crisp kale and a red wine jus (£18) and smoked paprika ballottine of chicken with broccoli puree, Californian roll, pickled ginger gel, crisp skin and sake jus (£16).
There are also vegetarian options and a range of desserts.
“This is all food that I enjoy to cook,” said Ben.
“It’s all guided by taste and seasonality and I aim to use the best ingredients.
“All our beef will be 30-day air-dried and all our chicken all be corn-fed.”
Little Blackwood will also be offering Sunday lunch and brunches at weekends.
Ben, born in Tanwortjh-in-Aden in Warwickshire, was head chef at the Cen restaurant at Celtic Manor in Newport, before deciding to branch out on his own.
His CV also includes The Boot at Lapworth and Malmaison in Liverpool.
He was named Malmaison’s Chef of the Year while serving as chef de partie at the restaurant in 2013.
Ben studied Hospitality Management at UCB in Birmingham.
Cheval Blanc closed on New Year’s Eve after opening in July 2016.
The business was created by Keith Marsden, who owns the Dark Horse next door to Cheval Blanc, the British Oak in Stirchley and Moseley’s iconic and award-winning Prince of Wales.
The new place is retaining Cheval Blanc’s eye-catching spiral cellar.
Ben said that Little Blackwood’s wine list wouldn’t be as extensive at that at Cheval Blanc, where the price went up to £800 a bottle.
He said they’d be serving good quality and interesting wines at affordable prices, including bin ends.
145 Alcester Road, Moseley Village, B13 8JP. 0121 449 6344.