An Evening at Byzantium


I love tapas, so when I received an invitation to attend the launch of the new ‘Upper Room’ at Byzantium Mediterranean Tapas restaurant in Kings Heath, Birmingham, I was delighted!

Byzantium is an independent restaurant, offering dishes inspired from across the Mediterranean and is immensely popular, being fully booked on a regular basis. As an extension, they have created an ‘Upper Room,’ suitable for private functions, large groups, business meetings, conferences and parties, and I was excited to see what they had created.

While I had never visited before, everybody I spoke to had high praise for the quality of the food, the staff and the atmosphere and the restaurant has endless numbers of rave reviews online. What I discovered was that they were absolutely right.

The new Upper Room, located on the second floor of the restaurant, has been beautifully decorated and seats up to 40 people, and after being given a hugely warm welcome from the management and staff I had the opportunity to meet some of the other bloggers and media groups from around the city.

Throughout the night we were treated to an enormous selection of samples from their menu, including Italian Arancini balls with prawns, salmon, risotto and mozzarella, Greek halloumi souvlaki, marinated pork belly with a balsamic glaze, Spanish Albondigas meatballs with a spicy tomato sauce, anchovy and black olive tapenade, a Little Mezze of courgette fritters, quinoa salad, hummus, tzatziki and pomegranate seeds, French Chicken Ballotine with black olives and chorizo, French bread with caramelised onions and Camembert, and Moroccan Zalouk. I was in tapas heaven, particularly falling in love with the Arancini – I had never tasted that particular combination of food before and it worked well. Every single item of food was cooked perfectly, presented beautifully and tasted absolutely delicious, and I loved the fact that everything was served at suitable temperatures, from the piping hot Arancini and Albondigas to the wonderfully cold tapenade. Amazing.

Byzantium is a hidden gem within Birmingham, and certainly one of the best tapas restaurants I’ve been to in the city. It has a wonderful range of dishes to suit every taste, is extremely reasonably priced (check out the menu here), and I would highly recommend a visit. And now with the new Upper Room, you can bring even more of your loved ones with you!

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest of Byzantium to try their menu. All food and drink was complimentary (I know, it’s a tough life but someone has to do it) but this didn’t mean that I was under any obligation to provide any sort of promotion or review. This review is honest and my own.

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17 thoughts on “An Evening at Byzantium

  1. You are so lucky, not only to be invited to taste test at many great restaurants, but even just to have such a varied selection close to your home. Most of the restaurants where we live are standard franchises, some of them dependably good, but never inventive. The stand alone places are very expensive, further than we want to drive, and so we don’t eat at any of them. Sounds like you really had a great meal here.

    • Thanks Sharon! We are very lucky indeed – we’ve tried some absolutely beautiful food. And, even better, we’ve been invited back to review the restaurant next month!

  2. That looks delicious… All of it! Another reason I need to move- we are getting a new chicken Resturant and that excites me…. This, this is real food!

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