Hotel LaTour is somewhere I have admired from afar for a while. It’s iconic design protruding proudly from the skyline, perched on the edge of the shoppers paradise of the Bullring and the arty, creative quarter in Digbeth. I’d never thought of it as a place to eat or go for drinks though. The fine dining badge always made it feel somewhat out of reach, so when I was invited to sample the new grill menu at the chefs table I was intruiged to say the least.
I arrived after work to a chilled glass of prosecco and met some fellow bloggers in the bar before being taken to the best seats in the house.
With a view right into the open kitchen, there was something theatrical about the table, and the new Grill LaTour menu was a showstopper too.
With a fabulous selection of seafood, signature steaks and skewers, we were spoilt for choice, so I was pleased to have a basket of fresh bread to nibble while we made our choices. I’d been told before we saw the menu that there was a sharing steak called the Tomahawk on the menu, so of course I had to have it! But for starters I opted for the Tempura Squid with Vietnamese dressing.
Presented beautifully, this dish was very good. The squid was melt in the mouth, the tempura was light and crisp, and the sharp Vietnamese dressing cut through the richness of the batter. The perfect starter. Nothing could have prepared me for what was to come next though…
The Tomahawk. As you can see, the name is apt! This beast of a steak, in all its caveman glory is the kind of dish that gets me excited, especially when served up with confit potatoes and fresh, seasonal vegetables from Edible Eastside, including buttery green beans, fried mushrooms and tomatoes.
The steak was flavoursome in only the way meat cooked on the bone can be. Served medium rare, it was meltingly tender and the quality of the beef was obvious. This is definitely a contender for best steak in Birmingham in my opinion. The confit potatoes were also fantastic, flavoured with fresh, seasonal herbs, and so soft inside.
With the steak weighing in at 900 grams, this dish is designed for sharing. The lovely Matthew from Ed James PR and I put in a Stirling effort to finish it all, but I think I won…
After such a huge portion, I was very happy when it was suggested that we check out the Edible Eastside roof garden on the terrace before we looked at desserts! The garden is still in its infancy, with a good selection of herbs already growing, and seasonal vegetables being planted this month. The view was pretty good too!
After a refreshing breather, it was time for dessert. The menu is small but perfectly formed with Sundaes, a soufflé and some twists on classic puddings. I went for the Jaffa cake sponge pudding, and I was very pleased I did.
The sponge was bursting with citrus flavour, and the candied orange on the top was a lovely touch. The rich chocolate sauce really did make it taste like a very luxurious Jaffa cake!
The wines we had were also very good, matched with the food expertly by our host, who talked us through all of the dishes and spoke passionately about the partnership with Edible Eastside and even had the chefs come to meet us after dinner to explain more. Even the hotel manager came by to chat.
With the new menu, dining at Hotel LaTour feels sophisticated but unpretentious, and less formal than its fine dining past, but their attention to detail makes it feel special. Plus with Friday drinks offers including half price Champagne from 5 til 7 and a cigar terrace with views of the Bullring, it’s a hotspot in the making.