As the colder nights are starting to creep in, I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to turn my head towards more comforting foods to enjoy during the evenings. And as much as I love the deep, rich flavours of a homecooked stew, or a creamy soup, nothing quite beats a big, warming bowl of pasta.
Italian food has always, and will always be, one of my favourite cuisines. So when I was invited to try out the food at Cielo, it was an offer that I simply couldn’t turn down. It was a beautiful evening in Birmingham, me and my friend had already sat in the sun and enjoyed a drink in the buzzing Brindleyplace before we made the short walk to the stylish Italian restaurant situated just around the corner in the picturesque Oozells Square.
I’ve heard so many great things about Cielo, which offers traditional Italian food to an award-winning standard. Before my visit, many of my friends told me of the delicious meals that they’d experience at the attractive restaurant, which left me even more eager to try it.
The venue itself is stunning inside, with plenty of tables to suit all party sizes, the decor has a modern twist that creates a vibrant yet relaxing environment for you to enjoy a meal whether your visiting for date night, a celebration or simply to catch up with a friend over dinner.
Taking our seats, myself and my friend were greeted by our server, who was friendly and attentive throughout the evening. Her knowledge of both the food and drinks menu was impeccable, and she had no issue in helping recommend a wine to select with my meal.
We kicked off with drinks – a beer for my friend and a crisp glass of wine for myself – and a warm range of bread and olives swiftly followed – a great accompaniment as we perused the menu that was filled with a fantastic range of indulgent options.
Opting for three courses from the a la carte menu, it was fair to say that we were both utterly spoilt for choice when it came to picking our dinner. First up were the starters. While I opted for the Tempura Prawns (£11.95) served with a chilli sauce, my guest selected the King Scallops (£12.95), served with black pudding, smoked pancetta, salmon caviar and vin blanc.
My prawns were perfectly cooked, wonderfully soft and coated in a light a crispy tempura batter. Dipped in a generous serving of chilli sauce, it brought a nice kick of heat to the dish without being too overpowering. My friend had no trouble with clearing the plate with his scallops, which were also cooked to perfection and were of a generous size.
Starters over, we had a short breather before being presented with our mains. Pasta seemed like the ideal choice, so I selected the Crab Linguine (£17.95), while my guest had the King Prawns which were served with a generous side salad and fries.
Given the success of the starters, it came as no surprise that both of our main courses were utterly divine. My pasta was packed with flavour and plenty of crab meat, which I was pleased to see. The portion was so generous that I struggled to finish the lot, but there’s no doubt that I would have it again in future. Same can be said for the King Prawns, which my friend tucked into and finished with a clean plate.
Of course, it would’ve been rude not to have pudding. Probably the easiest choice I made all evening, I selected one of my favourite puds of all time, the Italian classic, Tiramisu (£5.95), which had the perfect balance of amaretto and coffee with a beautiful texture. My guest finished with the Trio Di Dolci (£6.95), which was a combination of mini desserts comprising of homemade vanilla and raspberry pannacotta, apricot sorbet, strawberry cheesecake.
With full and very satisfied bellies, we finished off our evening with coffees, which was a fine way to end a truly fine meal. A fantastic experience from start to finish, I will certainly be returning to Cielo for many more mouthwatering meals.
Disclaimer // I was invited to review the a la carte menu at Cielo with a plus one. Our meal was complimentary in exchange for a fair and balanced review. All words, images opinions are entirely my own.