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“Retro and Romantic - A little piece of Paris in Birmingham!!”
Review of Annexe

Annexe
Ranked #159 of 2,226 Restaurants in Birmingham
Price range: US$22 - US$103
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Oozing laidback bohemian charm, Annexe Restaurant crafts refined continental cuisine. An exciting, innovative new Mediterranean menu from a chef of Michelin pedigree brings flavours from around Europe - predominantly France, Italy and Spain. All this in a vintage atmosphere full of family style warmth and soul.
Birmingham UK
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Retro and Romantic - A little piece of Paris in Birmingham!!”
Reviewed 20 November 2011

We went to Annexe with some friends last night as we wanted to try something new in the city centre. We loved it! Dont be fooled by the fairly low key bistro entrance, or the slightly dodgy location just out of town(although still near enough to the Bullring, Cathedral etc to walk.) Its opposite the old imposing law courts and so I can imagine it gets very busy on weekday lunches and early evenings with all the legal types. It wasnt packed on a Saturday night but there were certainly enough people eating there to ensure a nice ambiance. The restaurant is decorated nicely and feels very glam and a bit retro, with old music playing in the background, and a black and white movie adding to the atmosphere. The menu was good and I certainly could've chosen at least 3-4 off the starter and main course choices which is unusual these days. I had scallops with bacon for starters, and stuffed chicken wrapped in prosciutto on a bed of linguini, The chocolate torte with crunchy bits in and clotted cream was to die for. All washed down with a very drinkable french Viognier and bottle of red. Great ambience and the service was excellent and knowledgeable from Romain, without being intrusive and showy. We stayed afterwards in the bar and shared some brandys (as well as a few amarettos, dubonnets etc!) with the manager Damien, and his staff. And the fudge was awesome too!! Its not Simpsons or Turners, but it does what it says on the tin - with a nice, uncomplicated menu, and excellent chef, unobtrusive but knowledgeable service and an atmosphere that makes me think of Paris in the 50s! Really, really enjoyed it and will definitely return - perhaps to try one of their speciality nights!!

  • Visited November 2011
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Edinburgh
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“oh la la”
Reviewed 19 November 2011

What a fantastic dining experience I and my family had at Annexe last Saturday, the atmosphere and surroundings were superb, classic style with the old picture running in the background.
The food was delicious and presented very well.
The owner Damien was lovely and spoke at great length with pride and passion in what he was delivering to the customer, all the staff were very approachable and friendly.
Not to be missed this hidden treasure. I will definately come back. Dont be fooled you must book as the restuarant was fully booked. Thank you Damien and all your staff.

  • Visited October 2011
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An enjoyable evening”
Reviewed 18 November 2011

My friend and I loved the atmosphere of this restaurant. Good music playing in the
background and we liked the film screen on the wall showing old black and white films.
All the staff were friendly and particularly helpful towards me when I said I needed to order something gluten free.

The food was delicious and the only complaint we had was that the steaks which we had asked to be cooked "medium rare, were overcooked". However this was addressed by the owner/manager who said he would inform the chef.
We were only visiting Birmingham, but would definitely go again if we returned to the city in the future.

  • Visited November 2011
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“superb food and good value”
Reviewed 16 November 2011

Lovely food, good service, relaxed surroundings with good atmosphere. Six of us dined and all enjoyed. Would definately go back and the 25% discount via Tabletop booking made an already reasonably priced evening all the better. Well done

  • Visited November 2011
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent food and faultless service !!!”
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We dined in Annexe on Saturday evening and it was exceptional. The food was perfectly cooked to a very high standard by the new chef. Roman the head waiter looked after us impeccably, and the manger/ owner was as friendly and polite as ever. The service they offer is very warm and genuine and you can tell they love what they do. I never normally post on trip advisor but as it is so out of the way it is definatly word of mouth that keeps this place going. The ambience and the décor really have a Parisian feel and the jazz in background really make for a wonderful feeling all round. Great team there and best food outside of Simpson's. !!!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Michelle H
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