Is this Birmingham’s trendiest cafe?

In a city full of coffee houses and cafes, is there room for another?

Yes. If the place is as singular and as excellent as the recently-opened Bloom.
It occupies the space that was once the homely Malaysian and Singaporean restaurant Blue Ginger in Kings Heath.
Now it’s light walls, stripped wood and simplicity.
The place was packed with young mums and chaps with luxuriant facial hair on a late morning visit.

The atmosphere was buzzy and the service charming and efficient.
The short and frequently changing menu is full of both sweet and savoury brunch dishes that speak of a kitchen with ambition, skill and imagination.
Some of the combinations wouldn’t be out-of-place in a posh restaurant.
There are also some gorgeous looking cakes about which the laptop-using hen party-planning young woman next to us enthused.

We ate

The smoked haddock kedgeree fritter that I ordered was a wonderful thing – a large chunk with a crisp breadcrumb coating beneath which lay a moist and tasty filling.
Think arancini with a British Raj vibe.
It was a beautifully presented bowl of food, the pale golden sauce dotted with vibrantly green chive oil.

Pickled samphire on top added sharpness, as did a delicate curry cream sauce spiked with lemon juice.
Extra layers of flavour were added by a softly-boiled hen’s egg and black cabbage.

Opposite there were sounds of approval over a dish comprising duck hash, spring greens, crisp shallots, sweet potato, a fried duck’s egg and duck stock.
For those of a sweeter tooth the choice might include porridge with strawberries, cream, lemon barley curd, toasted scone and bee pollen.
For those with a smaller appetite, perhaps toasted sourdough and rye with sweet or savoury spreads might suffice.
The coffees we drank were excellent.
There are also upmarket soft drinks.

Need to know

Two of us paid £22 for two drinks and two substantial dishes.
The place is open day-times Wednesday to Sunday.
There are plans to extend the opening hours.

32 Poplar Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7AD.
Your can find more info on Twitter @BloomKingsHeath

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