Wing Wah review by Zoe Hornby-Walsh

Having relocated its restaurant to the Chinese Quarter in Birmingham’s City Centre, you wouldn’t have known what you were about to walk into. Walking down a very modest alley way tucked away in the corner is this hidden gem. The restaurants name stands them in strong stead and this particular restaurant of theirs is spectacular for its unique one of a kind dishes.

Welcomed on our Thursday evening visit with the most friendly customer service I have experienced in quite a while, the staff took our jackets and straight away offered us refreshments. Awaiting us, a beautiful display of some of the most delicious food we were about to encounter. To one side was one of their very own chefs demonstrating the carving skills that you can see throughout the presentation of the food, which set the tone for the culinary skills we were about to experience.

Escorted downstairs to our private dining room for the evening, we were also provided with a little tour. The staff showed us around showcasing their many different themed rooms on offer that can also be used for Karaoke and private dining hire. Each room has a different theme; including a Bollywood room; enticed with glitter, an Alpes ski room, which really did make you feel you were within a wood cabin, and of course there was a bright and loud KPOP room!

Once the food commenced, boy did it not stop. On a beautiful round spinning table we were presented with many dishes to whirl around and share between us all. We were provided with a Dim Sum menu which included just some of the following; King Prawn Dumplings, Roast Pork Puffs,Yam Croquettes and Pan Fried Turnip.

Wing Wah have done themselves proud with adding their own twists to dishes to keep your tastebuds consistently surprised. One of the most divine moreish dishes on this menu has to go hands down to their very special yuzu rice.

The mains menu included; Mixed Seafood Aubergine Towers, Sweet & Sour Fish (Pinecone shaped), Fillet steak with Black Truffle in Birds Nest, Stir Fired Crab with Garlic, Special Flavour Crispy aubergines, Seafood Rice infused in Yuzu, Fried Rice infused Spinach and again, this is only some of the generous amount of food we were provided to try.

Wing Wah have done themselves proud with adding their own twists to dishes to keep your tastebuds consistently surprised. One of the most divine moreish dishes on this menu has to go hands down to their very special yuzu rice. With light and refreshing citrus flavours you almost forget for a moment you’re actually eating rice. I couldn’t tell you a time I’ve ever referred to rice as light and refreshing, but this rice does wonders in refreshing your palette.

Hands down one of the most deceiving dishes I’ve had are the cute and delicate mushrooms. It really does look like your about to tuck into a fungi friend. Believe it or not these are the sweetest and softest thing on the menu. Holding a gooey sweet centre it baffles me how they even held such shape as a mushroom.

The chefs at Wing Wah know have really perfected their meat dishes. I found myself going back for more and more of their crispy golden chicken the textures complimented each other so well, keeping a crisp outer skin and a tender succulent middle. The fillet steak with truffle oil was my personal favourite, soft steak pieces cooked just right, whilst the truffle oil gave the dish a unique twist and wonderful flavour.

There is nothing left to disappoint you in this restaurant. Every member of staff you speak to could unload you with knowledge on how each dish has been cooked, the chef that created it or even to the history of the restaurant group.

Wing Wah Birmingham’s new location lets you kick off your shoes from a busy town centre and enter a new world where imagination, knowledge and incredible culinary skills have created their own master pieces. This is somewhere you’ll kick yourself for not going.

Thank you to Paul Fulford, Dorian and Wing Wah for hosting us all.

Written By Zoë Hornby-Walsh

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