Tackle your hunger pangs Spanish-style

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An idea for refuelling during a shopping trip to Birmingham.

Amantia – a smartly-decorated and spacious Spanish place in a side street in the city centre.
Check out the extensive range of tapas which are well-crafted, based on good ingredients and varied in style.

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Four of us ate for £100 which included more than enough food and lots of red and white wine.
It would be easy to cut costs drastically.

We ate…

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Top choice for me was an rabo de torro – an Andalusian oxtail stew in which the meat was flaked, rich and fragrant with sweet spices.

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Dates stuffed with apricots and wrapped in crisp Spanish bacon were excellent, too.

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Blue cheese and spinach croquettes were spheres of gooey deliciousness and baked mussels a delight.

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Patatas bravas were OK, but I thought they lacked crispness and the sauce with which they came lacked oomph.
I liked, though berenjenas con miel – strips of lightly-battered aubergine deep-fried and served with a little honey.
Galician-style octopus served on a bed of waxy spuds with olive oil and paprika was satisfying.
Battered squid caused no offence.

You could also try…

Amantia also serves more substantial plates.
From experience, I know that the grilled Iberian pork shoulder, served slightly pink, is a thing of exceptional beauty.
The restaurant also stages Flamenco events, live music and hosts parties.

Amantia
9-10 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS. 0121 643 3647.
www.amantiarestaurant.co.uk

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