For Mother’s Day this year, we took my husband’s Mum and Dad to Aria in Birmingham for a Mother’s Day lunch. I had been to Aria earlier in the month for a girl’s Afternoon Tea and had the most delicious food so when I saw that they were doing a special Mother’s Day lunch, I knew it would be the perfect treat for my in-laws.
Aria, is the restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham. It’s a signature restaurant that is open to hotel guests and other diners wishing to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In it’s first lunch of it’s kind, Aria’s Mother’s Day lunch was a three-course menu with a delicious array of choice and was suitable for the whole family. I had shared the menu with the family before the day to make sure they were happy with the selection of food on offer as they don’t eat certain foods and they were all really pleased and couldn’t wait to try it out.
On arrival at Aria, we were warmly welcomed by Kate (the Restaurant Manager) and her team and seated at our table. The conversation flowed and it was so nice to see them welcome and engage with Olly (our four year old) too. He’s quite good in restaurants now and will happily sit at the table and play with his cars or do some sort of activity book whilst we wait for our food so it was nice to see him welcomed into the restaurant. There were other children in the restaurant too which was good to see.
Our food orders were taken and we were able to sit back and relax in such a beautiful setting. The restaurant is decorated in elegant luxury and has a bright and airy feel to it thanks to the flood of natural daylight coming from the windowed roof above.
Elegant luxury at Aria
We didn’t have to wait long for our starters to arrive and they looked delicious. I ordered the cream of pea and mint soup, my husband and son ordered the breaded camembert with mixed berries and my in-laws ordered the scottish smoked salmon served with rye and sunflower seed bread and pea shoots. All our starters were really delicious and full of flavour but the dish that stood out to us all was the breaded camembert, crunchy bread crumbs on the outside and gooey soft cheese in the middle, heavenly! Luckily for us, Olly couldn’t eat all of his starter so we all shared some.
Spot on mains
For our main course, everyone but my Father-in-law ordered the roast chicken dinner with lemon and thyme stuffing, red wine jus, seasonal vegetables and duck fat roast potatoes. My Father-in-law ordered the roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and his meal came with the same vegetables and roast potatoes as ours. The main course was beautifully plated and was deceptively large. Once I had deconstructed the tower of food, the plate was full.
All the food served for the main course was hot, full of flavour and was really well received. Even Olly ate the majority of his main course and we couldn’t see much difference, if any, between the size of the children’s portion and the adults portion.
No Mother’s Day treat is complete without dessert and I couldn’t wait to try the crème brulee. It came with homemade shortbread and raspberries and was probably the best crème brulee I’ve ever eaten. It was so nice. The rest of the family all love their chocolate desserts so chose the chocolate fondant which had an oozy centre and was apparently delicious.
We all had a wonderful afternoon at Aria. The food was beautiful and the service was warm and friendly. As part of the Mother’s Day service, all the Mothers dining for lunch were given a little floral gift by the restaurant which was a really lovely thoughtful touch and much appreciated by my Mother-in-law and me.
If you’re looking for somewhere special to take the family for an Easter lunch, Aria are taking bookings for Easter Sunday (16th April) which includes an Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm for the children. Prices: Adults £32.50, Children £17.50 or the children’s menu is available.
Also from Sunday 7th May 2017, Sunday lunch will be served regularly so treat the family and dine in style at Aria at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham.
For more information and to reserve your table, you can email Katherine Gale (Restaurant Manager) via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclosure: We were given a discount for dining with Aria and a complimentary round of drinks in exchange for this review. All words and photographs are my own. With thanks to Kate and her team for their excellent service and hospitality.