Last week I was invited to join some of Brum’s food bloggers and press at Gas Street Social for a night of great company, fab cocktails and, most importantly, delicious food!
I loved the fantastic, vibrant atmosphere the venue has. Along with its quirky, contemporary style, I quickly felt excited to be here and eager to explore what they had on offer.. Gas Street Social is geared towards a sociable experience, with sharing boards and social plates centering heavily on the menu, making it an excellent choice for a chilled, effortless meal with friends.
Whilst I couldn’t try their cocktails on the night (I was driving!), I did enjoy a few of their mocktails. The Social Swizzle – elderflower, mint, passion fruit and apple – was refreshing and light, and the combination of elderflower with the fruity, sweet passion fruit and apple made it deliciously moreish.
I later enjoyed their Raspberry and Rhubarb – raspberry, rhubarb cordial, lime and soda – which was bursting with fresh, fruity berry flavours and again a fantastic mocktail.
And just a week later I finally got to sample one of their cocktails too at their launch party, with the fantastic Socialite #1 – Finlandia Vodka, Aperol, Pineapple, Lime and Passion Fruit.
To start we enjoyed a Charcuterie Board to share whilst we delved into the menu. I loved the sweet apple chutney and the fresh bread from Peel and Stone. Whilst the warm macadamia nuts were so moreish that I couldn’t stop picking at them!
The toughest decision of the night for me was choosing a starter as I loved the sound of them all; if you’re as indecisive as me, then luckily they’re available to order at 3 for £17 or 5 for £27 to share so that you can try as many of them as you fancy! But once I’d started eating my Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter and Capers I was really pleased with my decision as it was delicious! The scallops were perfectly cooked so that they were succulent and meaty. Along with the light, buttery sauce it made for an absolutely divine starter.
Whilst the delicious aromas coming from the Tidenham Duck Breast with Twelve Spice Sauce filled the room, I tucked into my meaty main of 10oz Ribeye Steak with Field Mushroom, Watercress, Roasted Tomato and Bernaise Sauce. My steak was cooked perfectly for me at the medium-rare I’d asked for, making it melt-in-the-mouth tender and each bite a delight to eat. Whilst I enjoyed the creamy bearnaise sauce, I found myself opting to eat the steak alone so that I could enjoy and savour the fantastic flavours it had by itself. It was up there with some of the best steaks I’ve had and I’d say Gas Street Social is a new destination to head to if you fancy a great steak in Brum.
We enjoyed a selection of sides to share too – the creamiest, most indulgent Mash, fantastic Triple Cooked Chips which we couldn’t stop picking at, delicious Creamed Kale, and tasty Roasted Vegetables.
Whilst others in the group enjoyed the Chocolate Brownie or the Pistachio Creme Brulee, I ordered the Popping Berry Parfait. Unfortunately the parfait was too hard and frozen, making it a struggle to cut into it, and the biscuit base was a little soggy and spongy whereas it should have been nice and crisp. However, the flavours were spot on and it was fresh, fruity and sweet.
I had a fantastic time at Gas Street Social – thanks again to Rewired PR for the invite! I loved the chilled, easy atmosphere in this restaurant and cocktail bar; we easily willed away several hours over delicious food and great drinks here, and I can see myself doing this again and again on a regular occasion. I think it’s an excellent addition to The Mailbox and to Birmingham, and I’ll definitely be back again soon to try more of their fab food and cocktails!
Disclosure: I was invited to the press and bloggers meal at Gas Street Social by Rewired PR, and all food and drinks were complimentary. However I wasn’t required to write a review and all thoughts are honest and my own