I recently had the privilege of being invited to a tasting of the new menu at Rose Villa Tavern by Birmingham Favourites
The menu has an American feel, with generous helpings and tastes and influences from the different States of America. This is in part being due to the influence of the new Head Chef who has spent there and the new menu shows a depth of flavour that illustrates some of what American food is about. Some of the exciting dishes are spicy and tangy and the menu is not just for the carnivores among us; vegetarians are also catered for!
I was one of a fairly substantial group of people who were treated to samples. I arrived a little later so did not sample all the choices but the dishes that I did experience left me pleasantly full which left me to conclude that normal size dishes will be generous and provide good value for money!
The surprise of the evening were the battered pickles spears. This dish may not sound appetising but the batter was flavoursome and the texture of the pickles was crispy and not soggy as I envisaged.
I sampled two types of hot dog the Chicago Hotdog topped with sauerkraut and yellow mustard and the New York. The beef hot dogs are of a great quality and my favourite turned out to be the Chicago - without the sauerkraut! There's also the Ohio and Arizona hotdogs which both have a “chilli kick” to them. The menu on the whole appears to have a lot of cheese as an ingredient but hey, it’s American diner food!
There are also sharing dishes on the menu which include Nachos Grande plus the Sloppy Joe burger,which was apparently Evis’s favourite sandwich; ground beef cooked slowly with tomatoes and spices and topped with cheese. Unfortunately I didn’t taste this one but just describing it makes me feel like tasting it!
The range of burgers representing different states include the Philly and I sampled the RVT Mush 'n' Swiss - without dressings.
I had a really nice conversation with the Head Chef and came looking for feedback. I happened to mention that I had not tasted the chicken wings. He was really great and went and brought me some to try even though the sampling session was officially over! They were Buffalo wings New York style deep fried in herbs and spices with a hot sauce and blue cheese dressing.
I had a good American round trip in the Rose Villa Tavern and I have booked to do it again!
By Deborah Broomfield who can be contact via Twitter