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Fumo Birmingham Review

The new Fumo bar

“Fumo” set in the smart district of Birmingham’s banking quarter, is fast becoming the place to change the way we think about dining.Part of the World famous ‘San Carlo’ Group, and it does nt disappoint.

Firstly you can’t book – this is a turn up, enjoy a drink, soak up the hustle and bustle of the place and when a tables ready they’ll call you through. Don’t be in a hurry though, or let them hurry you, this is a popular place and part of the experience, is to enjoy a cocktail or two around their centrally placed bar before dining. There are a selection of complimentary nibbles laid out on the bar (and we are not talking peanuts!) to stave off your hunger pangs while you wait.

Few bars and restaurants get the atmosphere right, but Fumo is the exception. Great subdued lighting, a sweeping bar with lots of seating to watch the mixologists at work, the babble of the Italian waiters and waitresses and closely placed tables all add to the authentic Latin atmosphere. Close your eyes and you could be sat in a bar tucked into the ancient back streets of Venice.

Fumos speciality is “cicchetti” (pronounced chi-KET-tee) which are typical of small dishes served in bars in the aforementioned Venice. You can make a meal of them by ordering several plates which can be shared between friends.

The menu is varied with lots to tempt you. Influenced by Celebrity Chef Aldo Zilli. Starters include dishes such as Burratta Cheese with Truffle and Parma Ham, Sicilian Aubergine chargrilled with Chilli, Mint & Olive Oil, Deep Fried Prawns, Scallops and Calamari with Aioli and spicy Calabrian dip, Crostini and fried Pizza with Cheese and Ham!

Mains (although not a main course size- remember these are tapas style size) range from a good selection of Pasta dishes, Classic Pizzas, Meat choices such as Chicken wrapped in Pancetta on a Rosemary Skewer, Pork Fillet with Trentino Apple Butter and Sage, Fillet of Beef with Porcini, Truffle and Cream Sauce or Fish dishes such as Seabass with Pachino Tomatoes and Olives, Sicilian style Sweet and Sour Tuna with Onions or Halibut with Samphire, Cherry Tomato and Chilli.

There is also a specials menu, which changes daily according to seasonality.

The wine list is an “all Italian” affair only, divided into regions and offering a good selection for any palate, whilst the Cocktail list offers the usual classic selection along with some house specialities.

Dishes Range From £3.15 – £10.95
Wine by the glass from £4.60

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Reviewed November 2012 by S.Ness (c) ETM

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