By Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
The Restaurant at Broadway Casino
When planning somewhere for dinner, a casino restaurant isn’t probably your first consideration. I’ve got a friend that really enjoys eating at casino restaurants, when he’s having a flutter or a roulette evening, so I’ve eaten at a few up and down the country over the past ten years.
I’ve never eaten at the Restaurant before at Broadway Casino and after discovering that this is an independently run business, I wanted to find out more. Based in the old Birmingham Children’s Hospital at Broadway Plaza, (Five Ways, Birmingham) Broadway Casino retains the listed outer frontage of the Hospital, inside is a different world all together. It felt very private and intimate as we visited on an early weekday evening.
Having decided that I would take my Dad as a plus one, he had found the Italian based menu online and pretty much decided his dinner nearly a week ahead of visiting. He knew he wanted homemade Minestrone soup, Beef Stroganoff and Profiteroles.
We arrived at the venue and as it was our first time in this particular casino, I knew we would have to sign up as members, we had both brought our passports as ID. This might sound a bit strange to some people, but they have to have the details of everyone on site to comply with gambling laws.
This is a modern medium sized casino, based mostly on one single floor and the restaurant is off to one side. Each area of the restaurant is set up for different size groups to allow it to be fully flexible. Having arrived at 6.15pm we were the only ones eating there. It opens from 6pm-1am 7-days a week and I know from past experience that most people won’t actually eat until around 10pm at a casino, which makes it feel rather exclusive.
While Dad had very clear ideas about what he was having, I’d left it to the restaurant manager to help decide what I was having. We had fresh bread and olives on arrival and a glass of prosecco and my starter was Antipasto Romano – a selection of Italian cured meat & a huge ball of mozzarella.
Dad ate the Minestrone soup before I’d had chance to blink, and Antipasto Romano was great particularly the mozzarella!
Our mains were the Stroganoff and I had the 10oz Rib Eye Steak with green peppercorn. When the restaurant manager selected this for me, my Dad pulled the face that said “You won’t be able to eat all that” and he was kind of correct! It was huge and the peppercorn was very nice indeed.
We were given a large carafe of Linteo, red wine to go with our red meat and once again my Dad pulled the face that says “Are we really being given this in exchange for you writing a blog post?”.
Venues like this survive over the years because of great food, and great staff with excellent customer service. When I’m out at a blogging experience like this, I do like to be looked after, but not fussed over. The team here have that balance sorted and they are confident with their style.
Broadway Casino’s Angela, the main duty manager, at the casino on at our visit, came over to see how we were getting on, she had met us in person on arrival and personally showed us over to the restaurant. We’d had quite a lot of wine by this point and we wanted to show we’d not had too much! We were indeed very happy.
The restaurant manager then suggested an off-menu pudding which was made from coconut ice cream with kiwi and pineapple, and as he knew my Dad was looking forward to them he also brought over some Profiteroles.
The ice cream was particularly refreshing!
If you are planning to eat here, you need to set a few hours aside if you are looking to have more than a main. Its designed for you to stay for longer. We arrived at 6.30pm and it was nearly 9pm by the time we were finished.
We were given a Limoncello to finish and my Dad who had never had one before described it as lemon paraffin. I took this as an endorsement as he had a big smile on his face! We left very full and very happy.
As mentioned before the Restaurant at Broadway Casino is open from 6pm-1am daily and they also do a bar menu from 1.30pm through to FOUR AM! Broadway casino itself is open from Noon until 9am every day!
Take a look at the Broadway Casino website here: broadwaycasino.co.uk and if you are considering somewhere different for the party season it might be worth looking here. Just remember your ID!
This isn’t a sponsored post. We visited Broadway Casino and were kindly given our food and drink for free, we left a tip. I was expected to write this blog post as an honestly held experience in exchange for the food.