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“Great little project”
Review of Restaurant VMF - CLOSED

Restaurant VMF
Price range: US$30 - US$33
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: In October 2010, Aston Villa Football Club launched a new training restaurant concept, Restaurant VMF. Our restaurant offers a totally unique dining experience - award-winning food, with spectacular views of the Villa Park pitch. Set in the luxurious surroundings of the Directors Suite, relax in Restaurant VMF and sample our delicious menu, offering locally-sourced dishes which have been cooked and served by our VMF apprentices. In fact, some of the produce used travels from our very own allotment plot, just half a mile away from Villa Park. The allotment is another way the club works with the local community, with young people at the heart of this project. In conjunction with Roots and Renewal, young people grow the produce on an allotment which is now larger than a football pitch! Not only that, our own Aston Villa bees produce honey on the allotment site which is also used in our recipes within Restaurant VMF. In January 2015 Restaurant VMF was proud to be awarded a 2 star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Finally got around to eating here after meaning to do so for ages. I'm not a footy fan, my other half is an ardent Villa fan, so the setting alone made her night! It was a Saturday night and on arrival we were shown to our table. We ordered a couple of drinks and then went out onto the terrace to take in the stands/pitch etc. good job we did, as half an hour later it was dark, it's a shame they don't light it up in the evening to keep the view there whilst you're eating. All the staff are young trainees. Some are obviously more experienced than others, but without exception all were polite and hard working. The dinner menu has recently changed and is still good value at £22.50 for 3 courses. The wine menu is adequate and reasonably priced. We had a glass of prosecco followed by a bottle of Sauvignon blanc. We both had the chicken terrine starter which was very good and came with a well flavoured piccalilli. I then had the braised beef which just fell apart, lovely though I could've done with a tad more jus/gravy and the oxtail Bon Bon was rich and tasty. My partner had the chicken bhuna, I tried a bit and it was very very tasty, the portion of rice was tiny though, a small gripe as you get a plentiful side of veg to share, but with a curry I would've expected a larger portion of rice, the portion of chicken was large in contrast. For dessert I had rhubarb crumble and custard which was nice but again, a small point, but the crumble came in a small rectangular container filled to the brim and the custard in a little jug...there was no room to pour the custard on, so a bigger bowl would be better. My partner had tart tatin which was served warm with a scoop of ice cream, again this was well received. I ordered a coffee to finish off the meal, which arrived cold and without the advertised petit fours, however this was quickly and apologetically rectified when pointed out. All in all we had a very good evening. It is a training establishment so not everything is perfect, but that is to be expected and the young staff are all clearly trying their best whilst learning. The gushy reviews about it being Michelin standard are over the top and unfair as this is not what it is, or trying to be. I think if you go with an open mind and a little patience for the trainees then you will have a great night and there is no denying the value. Happy to recommend it and will definitely return.

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Nicole E, Manager at Restaurant VMF, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Dear Sarah

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with some constructive feedback with regard to your recent dining experience in Restaurant VMF. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit. As a training restaurant, we always welcome constructive feedback and further to your comments we have reviewed your comments and the following will be actioned for future services:

The rice portions will now be served in a larger bowl more in keeping with the portion of chicken bhuna provided. Our crumble has now been redesigned and will be served on the plate allowing guests to pour of plenty of custard to accompany the dish. Finally, extra pots of gravy will be provided to those guests selecting the beef as the main course.

We were pleased to hear that we were able to rectify the issue with the coffee and that the staff were able to correct this on the night.

As a training restaurant your feedback has been most helpful. Thank you for taking the time to post the review and we very much hope to welcome you to Restaurant VMF again in the near future.

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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We wanted to celebrate our wedding aniversary at some where different
and boy we were not disapointed

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Thank Simm057
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Reviewed 15 September 2013 via mobile

Went here today for Sunday lunch and it was amazing!
I'm not an Aston villa fan but wanted to go due to the top reviews and it didn't disappoint- fine dining-3 courses for 20 pound? Outstanding value. Will return soon! Thank you x

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Thank Gracie530
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We went here as a group of 4 on the 13th September.
It was an absolutely amazing evening. The food was phenomenal and at £19.95 per person for 3 courses a bargain aswell.
The restaurant was not overcrowded and overlooking the pitch which was beautiful after dark.
The service was brilliant.
We will definately be visiting again and highly recommend it to anybody.

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Thank Shiv n W
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

From the moment i called to make a booking to the end of the meal everything was perfect. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and they help to create a warm friendly atmosphere.
The food is very good quality and cooked beautifully and in an innovative way. Everything was very flavorsome and the accompanying vegetables were really generous and cooked well, especially the potato dauphinoise which was delicious. We were celebrating a 50th birthday and the person who took the booking ensured we had a great table, we couldn't have wished for more really. When we left Abdul came with us to reception to make sure we got our taxi ok, little things like this make all the difference. I'm looking forward to dining here again, the evening was perfect in every way. It makes such a change to have good quality, tasty food of a decent amount!

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Thank aragona63
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