Tackle your hunger pangs Spanish-style


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.

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…

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.

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

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

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.

9-10 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS. 0121 643 3647.

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