By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Henry’s Cantonese Restaurant
Henry’s Cantonese has new management down in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and I’ve been invited down to sample the menu. The decor is pretty and traditional as you would expect with a fairly broad traditional menu.
I’ve deliberately picked an early start to dinner here as I know it might be a little quieter. Danny, the manager, has introduced himself and has some suggestions for dinner though we also take a look at the menu. Normally my plus one for dinner chooses their own dinner while I take suggestions from the manager, mainly this is because I want to try new things and demonstrate items on the menu to you dear reader.
My plus one for tonight, Gordon takes the starter suggestion of King Prawns and Scallop Canapes whilst I pick Hot and Sour Soup (Without prawns) as I’m starting to get the winter sniffles and this was perfect for that. Gordon’s starter was pretty and tasty, he said it was beautifully cooked but he would have prefered a bit more prawn.
There were other tables starting to fill up around the restaurant as our starters arrived and it was great to see how each were being attended to. Being flexible between booked tables and walk-ins is key to the success of a venue like this.
We then shared the suggested mains between us, Crispy Shredded Beef plus Honey and Black Pepper Chicken with a side of noodles and a side of rice. This was more than enough for the two of us I particularly enjoyed the black pepper chicken and the sauce was delicious. The Crispy Shredded Beef arrived in a basket of rice.
We also enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay each and didn’t down a full bottle. Though the Chardonnay was soo night we could have done.
Gordon didn’t spot any accessible toilets at this venue but we didn’t ask about them. There’s a slight step at the entrance and as Gordon is very aware of his mobility sometimes its key to see about these things beforehand. This after all is an area with lots of older buildings.
There’s nearly two pages of menu items that you can pretty much put any sauce with any meat, veg or tofu. And this is the sort of place I’d return to just to try versions of their items.
We were offered some dessert but didn’t try and on this visit as we were pretty full from the two courses!
Location wise this is one stop from town on the Metro at St Pauls/Jewellery Quarter but it feels a world away from being in the scrum of the city.
This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to try Henry’s Cantonese by the PR. We did leave a tip.