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“Superb culinary experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Loves Restaurant - CLOSED

Loves Restaurant
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Ladywood
Milford on Sea, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Superb culinary experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

First time we had visited the restaurant although recommended by many of our friends (and some of them chefs or just plain fussy!!). Opted for the taster menu at £55 and was not disappointed at all. The food was just beautiful and portions appropriate. Flavours were amazing and of course, presentation to match.
Our only disappointment was the limited a la carte options if you didn't want either of the taster menus (£75 or £55) - just 3 starters, mains and desserts. One of the starters was pork and one of the mains also pork, so if you were not a lover of that meat then the options reduced to two!
In addition, no olives were available for my martini which was very surprising at a restaurant of this level but neither of these points detracted from the overall meal experience.
The restaurant is tucked away from the main thorough fair but only 5 or so minutes walk from lots of action at Brindley Place - if you want it!
Thoroughly recommend to all you foodies out there.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank TracyH791
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
West Midlands
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“a hidden treasure in Birmingham”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

This was our second visit. We had a wonderful evening. Staff were attentive and charming. Claire's wine knowledge was second to none, a true ambassador for the English wine industry. We ate from the a large carte menu , each dish was stunning, the dark chocolate and pear dessert was a lesson We have eaten at many great restaurants around the world, many with michelin stars. Loves is up there with the best of them. We will be back.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ann_Andy101009
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“What a hidden gem, absolutely top notch.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

In short, fabulous.

The food was quite honestly some of the best I've eaten, anywhere. We plumbed for the 10 course taster menu and accompanying wine selection. I genuinely do not have a negative word to say.

The food was utterly wonderful. Perfect size courses, visually beautiful without being ostentatious, and the wine was equally as perfect - if not even more enjoyable than the food!

The sommelier was also, in my humble opinion, a perfect example. Knowledgable, passionate, good humoured, and extremely aware of when and when not to interrupt the conversation.

Lastly, the location. It is simultaneously it's secret weapon and it's Achilles heal. A hundred yards back up the canal and this place would be full 24/7 I expect. As it was, on a Friday night, there were probably no more than 14 covers all night.
However, this was also part of its charm. In the heart of Birmingham, in a fabulous virtually unknown wharf (to everyone apart from the 20 or so narrow boats and over-looking flat dwellers) encompassing both modern living and industrial history, and hardly a soul about.

Could be my new favourite place in Brum in fact

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris T
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manchester
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent Sunday lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

Had Sunday lunch in May food was excellent service good and great value.
Only complaint was, we were the first to arrive and opted for the tasting menu, when other people arrived they had the tasting menu and we noticed nobody in the whole restaurant had the same food as us, a little bit gutted but never the less great restaurant.

Visited May 2014
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Thank paulyc1974
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Food, Wine, Service and Crackers...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Visited this restaurant for the first time on a Friday, it seemed relatively quiet. Tables are well spread out and so you don't feel cramped. From beginning to end the service and advice was great. Claire the owner knows her stuff, but doesn't over power you with it with regard to wine or food. We all decided to go a la carte and the choices don't seem that much, 3 on starter, main and dessert, there is a meat and veggie option. In reality you struggle to choose an option because it all sounds great and then the proof was in the eating and it was great. Clean plates all round after every course. As it was our christmas meal in July ( don't ask) they even found some left over Xmas Crackers, which I thought was a really nice touch. It isn't especially cheap, but for a special meal it's really good and I would have no problem returning to try the other options on the menu.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Suffolk S
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