As you may or may not know, I live in Sutton Coldfield. It’s a great place, boasting the biggest urban park in Europe and a regular farmers market which I love, but it’s Sutton’s newest restaurant that’s really made me love this place even more.
Cambaz Bar and Grill opened on Monday, and looks set to be a foodie hotspot if the 450 attendees on opening night is anything to go by! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going along to try some of their marvelous mezze.
Cambaz stands on what used to be The Cup, but is literally a world away. The interior is airy, stylish and warm with a mixture of creams, greens, oranges and browns, and the extension means the restaurant can easily take 130 covers a night, and more with diners outside when the weather is good.
In terms of the food, it’s a unique foodie offering, not only because it’s completely independent – not one of the many generic chain restaurants littering our high streets – but because it is one of the only places I know of round here, serving Mediterranean and Turkish food.
The open kitchen has a stone pizza oven and charcoal grill and the extensive menu looks divine. I only had time to try a selection of Mezze, but what I did have has only whet my appetite for more!
We were looked after by the manager, Roberto and our wonderful waiter Ecram, who explained what was in each of our dishes, and couldn’t do enough to make sure we were happy. We enjoyed fresh Turkish flatbreads, taramasalata, tzatziki, bulgar wheat salad, olives and grilled halloumi, each of which were fantastic. The taramasalata was the best I’ve ever had, even beating the stuff I had in Greece! The tzatziki was flavoursome and refreshing and the bulgar wheat salad was tangy, spicy and very moreish. For drinks I opted for a Turkish coffee, which was very interesting! Served in an espresso cup, this thick, strong coffee probably isn’t to everyone’s taste, but it serves up one hell of a caffeine kick!
But I must say, the absolute best thing I tried, was their homemade Turkish Delight. Served warm, it was absolutely delicious, packed with nuts and completely different to the flourescent pink, pre-packaged stuff I’m used to. Honestly, this Turkish Delight was a revelation, I don’t think I can ever go back to Fry’s!
Although I only tried a snippet of the menu, the food was that good, and the atmosphere and setting so impressive, I can’t wait to go back for dinner and have a proper meal.
I think they’re going to be seeing a lot more of me at Cambaz!
Cambaz Bar & Grill is on Birmingham Road in Sutton Coldfield, and is open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Find them on Twitter @cambazgrill