The sun actually came out this weekend in Birmingham, so naturally there was only one thing to do. Head for brunch in the sun. Having dribbled over the new brunch menu, Laura and I did just that, and took ourselves for breakfast at Gusto.
Neither of us need much excuse to drink outside of acceptable hours, and the list of brunch cocktails called to us as soon as we arrived. We started with a Cherry and Thyme Mimosa (£5.95) which is a mix of pink grapefruit, cherry preserve, thyme, prosecco and lemonade. It was pleasingly fruity, with enough sharp grapefruit to avoid the dreaded syrupyness.
We also both tried, and preferred, the Sicilian Breakfast (£5.95), which is Tanqueary, apricot liqueur, apricot conserve and lemon. It’s beautifully sharp, and very, very drinkable.
The menu covers all the Brunch classics you’d expect, with Benedicts, smashed things on toast, and pancakes. There’s also a few less common options, including a Haddock Omelette. I chose the Asparagus Hollandaise with Poached Eggs and Prosciutto (£6.50). It looked beautiful on the plate when it arrived and the taste matched. The Hollandaise was rich and thick, and the eggs had perfect ooze. The ham was salty and gorgeous, perfect with the firm asparagus.
Laura chose the Toasted Seeded Bloomer topped with fresh figs, honey and goat’s cheese (£5.95), which was pretty as a picture, and was declared delicious.
I was pleasantly surprised by what good value the brunch was too. Not too pricey at all for a venue on Colmore Row, and we passed a very pleasant hour in the sun.
The service at Gusto was friendly, with everybody super relaxed from the long-awaited warm weather. When we first arrived, we were told they were no figs left, but seeing Laura’s distress, our waiter immediately set off in search of an alternative for us, and returned triumphant. The delivery had just come in and Laura’s figgy dreams could come true!
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