Wednesday’s at The Plough Harborne have a new springtime menu effortlessly called Boca Grande Taco, which is available all day until 9.30pm. With a simple five-option menu offering four quite large tacos for £12.50, this is a perfect midweek eat out.
The tacos available include spiced pork belly with slow cooked apple, pickled red cabbage and caramelised cashew nuts, which had a good balance of flavours with the apple being a nice touch. The chilli battered cod with lime, herbs and nuoc cham, a Vietnamese dipping sauce, had a nice kick with the fresh cod moist but firm. The Buffalo chicken with celery, blue cheese cream and guindillas chilli, a popular Spanish chilli, also possessing a bit of heat to complement the chicken.
The mixed bean chilli with feta, crushed avocado, lime and sour cream was probably my favourite with the avocado being a great addition. And finally the slow cooked chorizo with chilli, spring onion and feta with its abundance of flavours being my second favourite. We also ordered the sour cream and guacamole sides to compliment the tacos. The main menu was also available, but we decided to stick with the tacos theme.
As ever, The Plough is constantly busy in the evenings and booking a table is probably advised, as even on an early Wednesday evening it seemed quite full. The service was excellent, with the constant stream of staff always never far away. And the atmosphere and food was supplemented with a decent music playlist – which is not always the case in Birmingham, with Dub Reggae, ‘80s Boogie, Bluenote Jazz and Brazilian Soul all fused together nicely.
So for a midweek escape, The Plough provides an ideal Wednesday hangout. If you require a large meal, then the main menu will fulfill that role, but for a lighter alternative snack, a lunchtime bite or an opportunity to try a few tacos with friends, then Wednesday’s Boca Grande Taco won’t fail, especially for the price.
Review by Damian Wilkes for Grapevine Birmingham