Every few weeks I meet up with my three friends from my course last year for a catch up over food and drinks. We decided to go to Red Peppers in The Mailbox this time after hearing rave reviews about it.
When we arrived there on Friday, it was easily the busiest restaurant in the Mailbox – a positive sign of it’s popularity and reputation for great food and cocktails! Unfortunately we completely forgot to book a table, and it was already packed by the time we got there. However the waiter was extremely welcoming and managed to find a table for us straightaway. The only downside was the time constraint set with them needing the table back within two hours. Although this was our fault for not booking a table, we would of preferred longer so we could have ordered more cocktails and it cut the night shorter than we’d hoped. This seems to be common in many restaurants in Birmingham, and demonstrates once again the popularity of these venues.
Red Peppers had a fantastic atmosphere – it was lively, buzzing with conversation and the music added to the ‘start of the weekend’ feeling. Looking around, there was a mix of diners from families to couples to pre-town revelers. But the dominant customers were large party groups.
I signed up to the Red Peppers newsletter a few weeks ago (along with their sister restaurant Bar Estilo), and each week they send out a new voucher that can be used during that week. This is a great incentive to visit the restaurant and it definitely motivated our choice to dine here! This week’s voucher was for a free starter or dessert with each main course. We all decided to wait and have a dessert. However the starters all sounded delicious, particularly the Goat’s Cheese Risotto Balls and the Baby Back Ribs. The menu at Red Peppers is extremely varied and covers lots of cuisines, so we were all spoilt for choice!
I decided to try something I’d never eaten before and settled for the Lamb Moussaka and Greek Feta Salad. Earlier in the week I tried aubergine for the first time at a Brum Dine With Me dinner party and loved it, and I had been keen to try moussaka since so it was the perfect opportunity to!
When the food arrived, it looked and smelt amazing and I was so keen to tuck in that I completely forgot to take a photo until I was half way through! The greek feta salad was tasty, light and the perfect accompaniment to the moussaka. The moussaka itself was delicious: a flavoursome blend of lamb, tomatoes, herbs and perfectly cooked aubergines with a creamy cheesy topping. Now I’m on the search for a great moussaka recipe to try out myself at home (watch this space, it will be blogged!). If you have a great moussaka recipe you use, please comment below! Everyone else enjoyed their food too, and it was great that the quality of food was still excellent despite it being a busy Friday night.
Onto dessert, and I was extremely happy and surprised to see that they served one of my favourite desserts – Pecan Pie. I’ve only ever found it on one menu before, so I had to have it! It was a great pecan pie – warm, gooey and delicious! I wasn’t a massive fan of the ice cream, finding it a bit artificial tasty and too icy, but luckily it didn’t detract from an otherwise decent dessert.
We ordered a jug of cocktail to share between us and it was plenty for two glasses each; totalling to just £3.50 each, this was extremely good value for a normally high-priced option of drink in most restaurants. We went for Cranberry Cooler but unfortunately it wasn’t to our tastes, and we quickly regretted not ordering a strawberry daquiri each instead! It would also be nice to see a wider selection of the cocktails available as a pitcher too, as the choice was limited to only 4 or 5 of them.
Red Peppers is the perfect location to celebrate your birthday at with friends or a work Christmas party because:
- It has a lively, fun atmosphere.
- They are able to accommodate large groups.
- Great central location – it is only a short taxi ride away from Broad Street for a night out after the meal, or there is plenty of choice for post-meal cocktails at another bar in the Mailbox.
- Extensive menu to accommodate everyone’s tastes.
- Decent priced food and drinks.
Disclosure: I paid for my own meal and drinks, and all opinions expressed are honest and my own