Last week, we were invited to an event at Strada at The Mailbox in Birmingham. We don’t go into the city centre very often, and certainly not The Mailbox (always thought it was a bit too posh in there for us), so I’d not heard of this restaurant before. Strada is a chain of Italian restaurants, with branches across the country. They have recently launched a brand new kids menu, which we went along to check out.
We arrived at Strada and were immediately settled at a table with glasses of Prosecco and cartons of juice for the kids. Whilst we sat back and relaxed, the kids had fun using the stickers and crayons provided. Although it is a modern and rather sophisticated restaurant, it was also very child-friendly. There were highchairs (spotlessly clean – always something I check out) for Benjamin.
We then took a look at the menus, and I was gobsmacked to see the prices. At just £6.50 for a kids starter, main course, side, dessert and drink, and for the adults just £11.95 for three courses it is incredibly good value for money. When we go out for a meal, the kids menu inevitably consists of chicken nuggets, fish fingers and sausages with chips, so it was lovely to see a much wider and much more exciting selection on the kids menu.
We ordered our meals (more about that later) before heading over to another table so the kids could have a go at creating their own pizzas.The Chef demonstrated how to spread the tomato sauce onto the base of the pizza evenly, and then add the toppings. The kids (and Graham!) immediately got stuck in, piling on the buffalo mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, cherry tomatoes and sundried tomatoes.
The Chef then took them away to cook, whilst we got stuck into the main bit: eating!! All three boys had the garlic and mozzarella flatbread for starters, and it went down very well. Of course, daddy and I had to have a little taste as well, and I can see why – it was delicious! I had the antipasti, which was gorgeous, and Graham had the caponata, which he really enjoyed.
The boys all had the baked market fillet fish for their main courses. All the children’s mains are served with a fresh side salad, but can be swapped for fries or roast herby potatoes (which we did). Unfortunately, we never thought to check which fish it was before ordering, assuming for some reason it would be white fish. It wasn’t – it was salmon – which they don’t like. However, they demolished the fries and I had a taste of the salmon which was cooked to absolute perfection – beautifully moist with a crispy skin. Graham went for the 6oz British rump steak and I had the smokey pancetta and pea risotto. It was absolutely delicious. I couldn’t believe how generous the portion sizes were – I couldn’t finish mine!
Then my favourite part of the meal – dessert!!! Harrison and Alex chose tropical ice lollies, and we chose a bowl of vanilla ice cream for Benjamin. It was delicious and creamy, and he ate every mouthful! Graham and I both went for the hazelnut pavlova with creme fraiche and runny honey. It was crispy and chewy – exactly how it should be!
All the way through the meal we were kept topped up with drinks. The boys had juices from the kids menu – Benjamin absolutely loved the cloudy apple juice! I also had a coffee which was absolutely fabulous – the perfect way to end a lovely meal.
We were bowled over by the menu choice, the food and the prices at Strada, and will definitely be going again!
*We were invited along to this event for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.