Mouth-watering food, chilled atmosphere and cracking cocktails.
Just a few words to summarise Missoula in Solihull who launched their new menu last week.
Observer reporter Aisling Kiely spent the night at the venue to get her teeth stuck into the new menu.
Myself and two friends – who have extremely large appetites – were invited along to try the new Shoreditch-inspired menu that had touched down in Solihull.
Greeted with a warm welcome and a novel-size cocktail menu from staff member Teasha, we had all we needed to wet our appetite.
Shown to our table – a private snug in the corner of the bar – we pondered over the menu.
Spoilt for choice – we didn’t know where to start.
But, after a flip of a 50 pence piece, we decided to brave the finger lickin’ good Frank’s hot sauce chicken wings – and every bone was polished to perfection.
Bursting at the seams – we had to delay the next course and take a breather.
Having said that, there was plenty of room for more cocktails to wash the starter down.
As a gin -lover, I ordered the scrumptiously bittersweet Raspberry Bramble – a concoction of gin, lemon juice, blackberry liqueur topped off with fresh raspberries and blackberries.
It brought every single taste bud to life, but it was just a little too easy to drink.
With our thirsts quenched, we were more than ready to conquer the colossal main course.
I went for the New York Deli burger – and it was the full works.
Served on a wooden board, the succulent beef burger smothered in american mustard and topped with pickled gherkins was a real winner – it seemed to get better with every bite.
Proving their eyes were much bigger than their bottomless stomachs, Dan and Jim were defeated by the American Hot pizza they ordered to go with the Southern-fried chicken burger and Meat Feast pizza.
Luckily, Teasha was kind enough to offer a pizza box so they could delight in the delicious food the next morning.
Teasha made us a sweet treat to top the night off – a mint-choc chip shot.
A blast from the past in one single mouthful.
In short, Missoula ticks all the right boxes with its smashing new menu, fantastic cocktails and friendly bar staff.