If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you may remember that I headed to Aluna for an evening of cocktails not that long ago. This week I’m here to tell you about dinner at Aluna.
It was possibly the worst night of the year for a smart dinner. I got blown across Birmingham by crazy winds (and panically checked my phone all evening in case of train delays) and also rained upon, so I looked a bit of a mess when I arrived! Thankfully the staff at Aluna were quick to offer me a drink when I arrived. I ordered the Number Ten. This was a Blueberry Collins, which I thought would be a safe choice for me (being the gin girl I am). Sadly it was a little on the sweet side for me – see my post from my last visit about the cocktails at Aluna. But I gave it a good stir to melt the ice a bit and that did seem to help.
To start I went with the Beef and Kimchi Tacos. Aluna offer a Pan Asian menu, so there were lots of twists on things but also typical Asian dishes like Thai curries and Salt and Pepper Squid. I was a little disappointed that these turned up in insert brand name here hard taco shells. Soft tacos would have been much better here surely? They were difficult to eat, but the beef and Kimchi mix was very tasty. However, it was more like a chilli compared to what I was expecting. I was expecting a chilli stir fried beef here with the Kimchi as a garnish. It’s not all bad though, there were definitely good flavours here, but some refinement needed.
For my main I picked the Lamb Massaman Curry. This is always a good choice for those who want a Thai curry but don’t want it too spicy. This evening I wasn’t feeling the need for full on spice, which is why I picked it. The curry was fragrant, the lamb was tasty and overall it was good. The only down side was that it was a little cooler than I would’ve liked when it arrived. But I could forgive them as we were a rather large table and there was a bit of faff/confusion with multiple different Massaman curries coming to the table.
Instead of dessert I opted, as did many of the others, for an after dinner cocktail. This time I went with a French Martini. This was actually pretty wonderful and the pineapple foam was an amazing touch! I really enjoyed this cocktail. George ordered Basil Grande and this was seriously tasty too, I love the fruit and savoury flavour. It also had a generous twist of black pepper to serve, which really worked. In the background you can see Vicky‘s Marshmallow Daiquiri, which we picked for her! The meringue topping was very tasty and she really enjoyed it as well. Overall Aluna was a bit hit and miss, but the curry was good and my French Martini was delightful. The service was swift and helpful, and they were good at cracking out the cocktails without too much of a wait. We fed back our thoughts about the food on the night, so hopefully it’ll help make things better in the future!
Have you checked out the food and cocktails at Aluna? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We dined as guests of Aluna and Delicious PR. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Aluna is located at Mailbox Birmingham, 128-130 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RQ.