The Best View In The City? – Vinoteca Review by Maddie Booth

Perched opposite the well known MAG, and famous Chamberlain Memorial Fountain – home to a number of well-known bars and restaurants, Vinoteca sits in a perfect location for after work drinks or special occasions.

With over 200 wines on offer, you’re bound to find one that hits the spot. They’re redefining wine bars. Providing a relaxed, open and friendly atmosphere to try new things without the need for a refined palette.

And their accompanying food did not disappoint. The menu offers a wide variety of mouth- watering starters. We started off with nibbles, a cantaloupe salad and burrata. All the products were fresh and the dishes had the warmth of homemade food and good quality ingredients.

For mains we enjoyed the vegetarian taggilo, and the cod dish. Eating out as a vegetarian in places that don’t specialise in this can be a tricky one. I was pleasantly surprised. The dish was beautifully presented and really well balanced with sweet veggies and crispy (yet, not oily – a difficult thing to achieve with cheese) taggilo. My dining companion was more than satisfied with the cod, pointing out how the fish flaked away, tasted soft and fresh with a deliciously crispy skin.

Wanting to try a variety of their wines, we opted for the ‘ACEEEEED’ paddle, 3 white wines ranging from light and refreshing to very-dry. We absolutely loved the IGP Val de Loire Sauvignon ‘The Holy Snail’ 2020 – TYDY, so much so that we had to buy a bottle to take home.

We were recommended to try the tart for dessert, which was a little ‘tangy’ for my liking, however the white chocolate desert was moreish and decadent. Both were accompanied by a sweet, sparkling dessert wine that was a perfect match for the rich desserts.

The staff were attentive throughout the meal and made the experience really enjoyable, helping us learn more about the wines and providing excellent recommendations.

For more details on the extensive food and drink menus, and to book a table at Vinoteca Birmingham, visit

Words by Maddie Booth for Grapevine Birmingham