This year, a White Christmas is on the cards for Birmingham, as Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at The Cube launches their Christmas Menu. I went along to their bloggers evening last week for an evening of fine dining, drinks and beautiful views from the private dining room.
If you’ve never been to Marco’s, the view is breathtaking up on Level 25 of The Cube, with floor to ceiling glass walls and panoramic views of Birmingham. Whatever you think of the city, it looks beautiful all lit up at night, especially the German Market, the Big Wheel & Library of Birmingham.
The private dining room is also impressive, jutting out from one of the corners of The Cube, decorated in minimal but stylish black & white. The table looked beautiful too with silver decorations and even Christmas crackers!
I liked the fact that it’s away from the main dining room too, as it can be very noisy and packed in there, but with so many people around the table the atmosphere was fab, albeit a little more subdued.
We were welcomed with a champagne reception and the restaurant manager spoke to each one of us personally before introducing us to the chef and making a short speech before dinner.
The starters came out soon afterwards, I had chosen potted duck with homemade piccalilli and sourdough toast which looked lovely and rustic, with the piccalilli served in a kilner jar. The duck was rich, meaty and flavoursome, the piccalilli was tart, acidic and cut through the duck perfectly. The flavours complimented each other so well with this dish I literally ate every bite!
For the main course I chose the rib eye steak (I know, I know, it wasn’t Christmas dinner, but I couldn’t go to a steakhouse and not have a steak!). Served with beer battered onion, triple cooked chips and peppercorn sauce, this dish was a classic but done very well. I asked for my meat rare and it was cooked well, chargrilled on the outside but juicy and rare in the middle. The peppercorn sauce was glossy, smooth and delicious and there was just enough to last the whole meal without drowning my plate. The beer battered onion was crisp and light, and the triple cooked chips were amazing, the outside was almost glassy and they were so thick! I was really impressed with this dish, particularly as I’ve eaten at Marco restaurants before and been disappointed with the quality.
The main course nearly beat me, but I had to leave some room for dessert – double chocolate cheesecake with mini marshmallows! I don’t think I really need to explain how good double chocolate cheesecake is, but this one really was wonderful. The cheesecake filling was so thick, with loads of rich dark chocolate and sweet white chocolate marbled on top. The biscuit base was crunchy and the marshmallows added a nostalgic touch that I thought was really fun.
We weren’t rushed once we’d finished our meals either, we had plenty of time to finish our drinks, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and mingle around the table before we decided it was time to move on. Again this was quite a refreshing change as dining in the main restaurant can feel rushed. The staff were wonderful, very polite, attentive to our needs but not intrusive, and made us feel very welcome. We ended up staying for one last drink, an Espresso Martini to finish off the night with a classic after dinner drink while enjoying the view for one last moment.
So if you’re planning a Christmas party and want to hire the private dining room you can enjoy pure indulgence with a view to die for. May your Christmas be Merry and White!
You can see the Marco Pierre White Christmas menu here, booking in advanced is advised!
My meal was complimentary, thanks to the team at Marco’s, but all opinions are entirely my own.