Gosh these dark nights really hit with full force didn’t they? I’m sure everyone moans every year about this but I feel this year has been a bit more sudden. Thankfully one cold, dark Wednesday Fazenda were on hand to brighten up my evening.
Spoiler alert readers having lived in Manchester where the second Fazenda popped up (in their now little group of 5) I knew the deal. It also meant I was excited as a northern brand was coming to Brum (can you tell I miss the north?!) (We just need a Bundobust next and I’ll be a happy bean).
Anyway back to Fazenda in Brum. I should point out I was invited down to the Captain’s Table to meet Tomas the co-founder of this brand, which was an absolute treat. He was so passionate for this concept, born out of a chance meeting of his co-founder at a food festival in Huddersfield. Passionate about what they serve, the cuts, the quality and most importantly the wine. I was excited to try the food.
First up was the infamous salad bar. Although can we call it that with all of the extras? Not only was there salad, there was cheese, ham and sauces for your up and coming meat course. It really is the Aladdin’s cave of salad bars. Forget Harvester my friends! Also for the allergen conscious everything is labelled clearly with all kinds of allergens highlighted (and what contains meat/fish). A* to Fazenda here! I enjoyed a selection, but avoided things like the sushi and carb heavy salads as I knew what was up next.
Men with swords. Well there were some women too, but mainly men with swords. There was some joking about this but we’ll blame the lovely Catena Zapata Vista Flores Malbec we were drinking. So at Fazenda you have a “stop/go” system. Just flip your counter to green to indicate you’re open to offers of meat, or flip to green when you want a break. Fazenda isn’t about a quick meal, Tomas encourages guests to enjoy their time at the restaurant. Different meats come round and are offered to you, but if you fancy something that hasn’t come round, let them know and they will tell the kitchen to prioritise it. For me the stand outs were the Fraldhina Steak and the Cordiero Lamb. The Pork Belly wasn’t as I expected, I think the sauce was a little too sweet. Now for the adventurous there are Chicken Hearts, as a game lover I went straight for these and really enjoyed them. They aren’t for everyone though. They also have the most amazing Chicken Thighs, don’t let them walk away from you! Sadly I missed pudding but check out Laura’s blog for some pudding porn. Oh and veggies do not worry there is an incredible veggie menu, the stand out for me was the Goat’s Cheese Gnocchi.
Overall our trip to Fazenda was wonderful, the service was great and not just ours. We could see around us the level of service other diners were getting. It’s obvious that Fazenda are passionate about their food and their style of restaurant. I genuinely hope they succeed in Brum.
Have you been to Fazenda before? Would you give them a visit? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited as a guest of Rewired PR, however all thoughts, positive opinions about the north and photos are mine.
P.P.S. Fazenda is located at 55 Colmore Row, Barwick St Entrance, Birmingham B3 2AA (google maps is rubbish though, turn down Church Street and it’s next to Gaucho but around the corner).