Thursday, 8 October 2009

We're Jammin'

"YOU were weaned on cauliflower cheese," my mum always tells me, when I wrinkle my nose up at the old choufleur.
Think it must have been a cauliflower overload, cos I can't stand the stuff now.
So, it will be as big of a surprise to my mother, as it was to me, that I order cauliflower soup at the start of a meal at Birmingham's Jam House last night.
I think it was the magic word 'cumin' that sold it to me. It's currently my favourite spice girl, after Posh and Ginger.
Lovely soup, it was too, creamy and smooth, although I was disappointed that the cauliflower pakora served on top was burnt so tasted bitter.
My dining companions seemed happy with their food choices, although one remarked his pate looked like brains, and was upset that the dish featured no Cumberland sausage, although it turned out he'd misread the menu, and it was Cumberland sauce.
My main course was less of a triumph. The confit fillet of seabass was a bit flabby, and the warm tartare sauce lacked punch. An accompanying quinelle of saffron mash tasted antiseptic. I was glad I ordered a side salad of watercress, rocket and Parmesan, which added much-needed crunch and texture.
My pal whopped down her salmon, which she said was perfectly cooked, and the two gents enjoyed their steaks topped with cafe de Paris butter, and served with super chips. The chips were so good in fact, we ordered another bowl to share.
Extra chips meant sorbet for pud, although it was luscious peach. I barely noticed as my pals tucked into blackberry creme brulee, chocolate brownie with rum and raisin icecream, and an assiette of desserts for two (eaten by one). Barely.
Food is well presented but pricey (£28 for three courses) and although on this particular night we were treated to a performance from Mica Paris.
I feel they'd be better to focus on simpler fare, cut the prices a little and trade on the venue's fantastic atmosphere.
For more details go to www.jamhouse.com

58 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

Had a look at the website. I think its really cool how they've combined food and music, though truth be told, these days I'm all about the food (just ask my belly lol). Have a fabulous weekend!

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Timothy said...

Never been to the Jam House, It's one of the
restaurants in Birmingham I always plan to go to but something seems to come up everytime I plan to go.You meals sound absolutly amazing. That's it, this weekend will be it! The weekend I finally dine at Jam House.

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Shaun said...

Great to see someone else blogging about the food scene in Birmingham. Having read your blog the Jam House will definitely be on our list of places to visit!

Cheers,
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Great to see someone else blogging about the food scene in Birmingham. Having read your blog the Jam House will definitely be on our list of places to visit!

Cheers,
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