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.
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.
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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.