Congratulations to Edgbaston Stadium on their first Elegant Eats – a series of pop-ups at which they showcase the talent of the cricket ground’s chefs and front-of-house team.
Guests paid £55 for a five-course tasting menu, with the option of a £45 flight of matching wines.
A delicately flavoured combination of sweet, succulent rabbit was paired with crisp pancetta and vibrant peas to start the meal.
Zingy crab came next with refreshing watermelon soup, punchy horseradish, cooling cucumber and crisp pork crackling.
Flavours were more substantial for the centre-piece course of sirloin, oxtail, beetroot and watercress.
But a sort of deconstructed Black Forest gateau was, for me, the star of the show.
It played with the tastes and textures of cherry, chocolate, vanilla and balsamic vinegar it a clever way.
A beautifully plated serving of Cashel blue cheese, celery and walnuts brought the meal to a conclusion.
This was intelligent and technically accomplished cooking – bringing together ingredients in imaginative, surprising, skilled and satisfying ways.
The dinner was part of Edgbaston’s ambition to serve the best stadium food in the UK.
Other Elegant Eats are planned, with the next planned on November 10Thursday .
Each menu will be selected by head chef Dave Hill from seasonal local produce.
Go to http://www.edgbaston.com/edgbaston-eat/fine-dining/ to find out more.