Revolution Vodka Bar in Birmingham is a place I’d only ever been to for drinks. Normally a board full of assorted flavour vodka shots on a work night out! But recently I was invited to come and review their new food menu, so I was intrigued to see what was on offer.
My partner and I went down on a Friday night for dinner. We arrived just after 7pm to a booth reserved for us. We were offered drinks straight away but needed a few minutes to check out the cocktail menu. There were some quirky choices on offer including a cocktail served in a Campbells Soup Can, which I couldn’t resist trying!
Made with Absolut Vodka, grapefruit and pineapple, it was a zingy number with just enough sourness from the grapefruit. My other half went for the Gin ‘n’ Juice which he said was really sweet and fruity.
The menu was equally as quirky and kitsch, with some dishes that looked like good fun to eat. Burgers, pizza and wraps were staples, the sharing street food crate looked awesome and there were some more interesting choices like Lobster Ravioli and Penang Chicken Curry. What I found most unique about the menu was that it wasn’t trying to be pretentious or high end, but instead was going for a real sense of fun and a healthy dose of nostalgia.
Steven was torn between a few options but decided to go for the Smokin’ Bacon Burger – mainly because of the addition of Wotsits actually in the burger! I went for the Brooklyn chicken with a side of sweet potato fries.
Now, if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I’m a greedy girl with an astonishing ability to eat, but even I thought my Brooklyn Chicken burger was huge. It was nearly as big as my head!
It was literally crammed full of crispy, crunchy buttermilk fried chicken pieces. It also had streaky bacon cooked so crispy it was like eating Frazzles, smoked cheese, slaw and the most amazing deep fried pickles which gave a lovely, tangy lift to the burger. I really love fried pickles, and I was impressed by the ones from Rub Smokehouse, but these ones topped the bill for me.
The sweet potato fries were good too, with a crispy coating and soft sweet potato inside. They don’t quite top the ones from Bodega but they weren’t half bad!
Steven’s burger was equally as big.
He was impressed with the beef burger, saying it was tasty, meaty and juicy. Topped with bacon, smoked cheese, chorizo mayonnaise, bbq onions and the rather more unusual, wotsits!
I was dying to know what it would taste like with the Wotsits in there so I had to steal a bite. Surprisingly, it was actually quite nice. The Wotsits added a big cheesy hit and a light, crispy texture which took me right back to my childhood.
The red cabbage slaw served with both burgers went down very well too and was a nice difference to normal, overly creamy coleslaw.
It’s fair to say that both of us were so full we really didn’t need a dessert, but I couldn’t help wanting to try one anyway. I decided to get the Salted Caramel Fondue so we could share, though I was very tempted by the Nutella Fluffwich which I think I’ll have to have when I go next time.
The fondue came with dough sticks, strawberries, marshmallows and sliced bananas and just enough sticky salted caramel to dunk everything in. The caramel was just slightly salted which I enjoyed, as when there’s too much salt I find it can taste a bit off. We didn’t quite finish everything but we gave it a good go!
I really enjoyed the evening at Revolution, the staff were all friendly, attentive and helpful, the food was fun and enjoyable. Gourmet Wagyu burgers it’s not, but good, fun pub food it certainly is, and I would definitely go back with friends.
My meal at Revolution was complimentary, many thanks to the team there. As always, my opinions remain my own and I was under no obligation to write a positive review. I just enjoyed myself!