by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
Dinner and Drinks at Aluna, Birmingham
The lower level of the outside of Birmingham’s Mailbox is home to several places to eat and drink in the evening. Nestled within this is Aluna cocktail bar and Thai restaurant. Aluna has much more of a plush lounge feel than its grown up sister venue Siamais in Brindleyplace.
It’s been open for a few years but my first ever visit was last November when I was invited to a blogger drinks and dinner. We were sat in double bucket seats which I’m sure are probably called love seats or something.
As with Siamais, the drinks menu is something of a guide book with at least a paragraph for nearly every drink. While the menu is split by spirit, the staff with their extensive cocktail training, are also on hand with their own suggestions. I like how this adds to the “theatre” of the experience. They aren’t just throwing drinks together for you.
With the suggestion of the bartender I order a Deadly Elixir which turns up in a glass skull! “A Classic Rum punch with a kick of overproof tiki fire” I didn’t know what this meant but it did scare me! The overproof tiki fire was a half pomegranate filled with a shot!
On to the first course: there’s a reasonable choice on the menu. I went for Buttermilk Halloumi Bites which obviously isn’t very Thai, but if I get given a free choice of what’s on the menu I’m going to try something the others with us aren’t trying. Six bites turned up which is more than I was expecting and I was pretty hungry so ate them in one breath. Very nice!
Back to the drinks menu and I order a No. 10 which is a Blueberry Rum with ball of erm, blueberry. I remember how much I like rum and how I Should drink it in moderation especially when I’m out at a blogger dinner.
Luckily my main turns up and I’ve ordered a Thai Green Curry. I remember a time when Thai food was considered to be brand new to Birmingham. But these days its something you can find around Birmingham pretty easily. Very nicely made and I’d return for the Thai Green curry alone!
Aluna wanted to demonstrate what it could do and “cauldron” cocktails is one of those things! We were presented with an Asian Infusion which was prepared right in front of us. Since I’m not an actual food critic or drinks blogger what I’m about to say is going to sound really clumsy. Drink was poured into what look like an upside down light bulb, with another container filled with fruit above it. Heat was applied to the base of it to infuse the flavours! This was then poured into a cauldron. I don’t remember this happening to Meg and Mog unless there’s a copy of Meg and Mog get plastered that I’ve not seen.
Aluna is well worth a visit to explore the food menu and check out the cocktail menu.
Thanks to Birmingham PR Agency Delicious PR for inviting me and to Aluna for hosting. This isn’t a sponsored post and I did not pay for food or drink. I was expected to write an honestly held view.