Hubby and I are big lovers of Italian food. Well actually we just love food! When I was asked to review a new Italian Restaurant that had opened at The Broadway Casino In Birmingham I was very keen.
I have to admit I’ve never been to a casino in the UK. Hubby and I had our honeymoon in Vegas and although we loved exploring, we didn’t really gamble much! Despite this I was keen to see what it would be like and enjoy a meal.
I was leaving little Piglet and the gremlin with my Mum and we headed out for a proper date night.
We arrived and were shown through the casino to the restaurant which was very quiet and nice, as a Monday night. From where were sat we could see the casino and there was a few people around the tables.
I liked the decor in the restaurant and all the tables were impressively set out. There was dim lighting and a nice atmosphere. Staff were extremely friendly and welcoming.
I was told the restaurant and casino do special events such as birthdays and even wedding receptions so they often have big parties in of people wanting to eat and try their luck in the casino. As well as the casino there is a bar which also puts on entertainment. We sat in there afterwards and had a cocktail. There was an amazing indoor fire pit!
The restaurant offers a main menu, plus a snack menu if you are ordering lighter. There is also a dessert and coffee menu and drinks and cocktails menu.
We were brought over some bread and olives with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping (my favourite!) The olives were massive; I’ve never seen them so big. Really tasty. We were given enough bread to satisfy some hunger but not so much that I was stuffed.
Drink wise, I ordered a house Italian white wine and hubby had a small red Rioja which both were tasty and reasonably priced.
We decided to go with some starters. I haven’t prawns in ages and chose Gamberoni which is prawns sauteed in tomato and infused with garlic and chilli. This was amazing as the prawns were cooked to perfection. The sauce had a real kick to it which I love. This starter is priced at £6.95.
Hubby went for Calamari alla Romana which was served with tartar sauce. I love squid so was stealing this as well. I was impressed with the presentation and it tasted great. This is priced at £5.95.
Main courses next. I had another drink, a Prosecco and hubby had another red wine.
I usually always go for pizza and pasta in Italian so decided to go for something different. I chose Polo Calabrese which is Pan fried breast of chicken with shallots, garlic, peppers, tomato sauce & Italian sausage. This is priced at £13.90. Hubby didn’t get a good picture of this; lovely dim light for atmosphere but not best for food photography!
It was a really generous portion of chicken and I have to say one of the most tender pieces I have had since eating in the States. I was cooked perfectly and not at all chewy. The sauce had that lovely Italian tomatoey taste with that hint of Italian sausage. I had some sauteed potatoes and carrots on the side, also very good.
Hubby decided to go for something different too and had Stroganoff which is Sliced beef fillet, pan fried with mixed peppers, mushrooms, onions, paprika, red wine & cream. It is served with rice and priced at £16.95. Hubby really enjoyed this and I tasted the beef. Again it was really well cooked and the sauce was really flavoursome.
My husband always wanting to taste everything chose some Zucchine Fritte which is battered courgette. This looked really impressive and tasted lovely. I don’t always like courgette but this dish changed my mind. I liked the balsamic glaze on the side too. This dish is priced at £4.95.
I was absolutely stuffed but I could count on hubby to order pudding. He went for his favourite of tiramasu priced at £4.95. I was going for a cup of tea but the restaurant team thought I may like to try some of the Italian cakes that are served and these change from day to day.
Safe to say I “tasted” all of them and they were amazing. I particularly liked the lemon doughnut third from left. Although we didn’t get a good picture of the tiramisu it was a really generous portion and so creamy and light. I made sure I tasted that too!
Hitting the Casino
Although we didn’t gamble properly we were very kindly given some lessons on how to play the tables with some fake chips, including my favourite, blackjack. I would have needed a lot of practice to understand and remember all the odds and rules!! Our teacher was very patient! This is something you can also do as part of a package or event.
From wondering what to expect when eating in a casino, I was impressed. Although, I probably wouldn’t gamble, I would come back to eat again or sit in the bar. It did remind me of being in Vegas with no mirrors or idea of what time it was!
The food in the restaurant was amazingly well cooked and really competitively priced. You would pay similar in a chain Italian chain but for better food. I liked the atmosphere and the decor. The service was attentive, I know it was very quiet but I like to think everyone would receive the same standard.
Hubby and I had a really good night!
Disclosure – we were provided with a meal and drinks free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.