Last week I got the very rare chance to have a night off from my usual Mum duties to enjoy sampling the new Mothers Day menu at Five Rivers restaurant in Walsall. Five Rivers is said to be a multi award winning fine dining establishment serving the best Indian cuisine in the West Midlands, so my friend Lucy and I couldn’t wait to see what was on the menu and treat ourselves to a cocktail or two, all in the name of research!
The Mothers Day Fine Dining Menu at Five Rivers
It’s clear when you walk into Five Rivers that you’re in for a treat. It’s an elegant and stylish restaurant with a grand piano and the best stocked bar I have ever seen. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and we ordered a couple of cocktails to kick off our evening.
We were shown to our table and shown the menus. The Mothers Day menu at Five Rivers has been exclusively developed by their award-winning chefs and features mouth-watering Indian classics such as Saag Punjabi, Chatpata Gosht and Lasani Chilli Chicken. It all sounded incredible. Our cocktails were delivered by Jason, the bar manager and they went down rather well.
Luckily, we didn’t need to choose straight away as an Amuse Bouche was served and it looked good. The Amuse Bouche was served on a slate tile and it looked really well presented. We were served Paneer Hara Bara, a marinated Indian cottage cheese that is deep fried to perfection and it was delicious! I could definitely eat that again.
For starters, we were served a selection of all the options on the menu. Lucy is vegetarian so she was served vegetarian starters and I enjoyed a selection from the main menu. The selection included Aloo Tikki Chaat, Manchurian and Murgh Tikka. As I don’t eat fish, I declined the fish starter; Fish Amritsari. The food came out served on slate tiles and it looked incredible. Beautifully presented and the aroma was mouth-watering. We both tucked in and really enjoyed the food. My favourite was the Manchurian which was so good.
For the main course, we were served two smaller dishes from the menu. I was served the Saag Punjabi and Chatpata Gosht and Lucy enjoyed Daal Bukhara and Vegetarian Saag Punjabi. The dishes were all served with The Chef’s Raita, Jeera Rice and pieces of Garlic and Coriander Naan. It was quite a spread and it was so tasty. I’ve never eaten Indian food which has been so delicately prepared. It was all cooked beautifully and wasn’t overly spicy which was to my preference.
As the evening went on we enjoyed a couple more cocktails. Our favourite was the Solero which tasted just like the ice cream. It was such a good drink. The bar at Five Rivers is very well stocked and the bar manager Jason, creates all the wonderful cocktails to order and they look really stylish when served.
Our final taste of the menu was a Gulab Jamun Creme Brûlée which was creme brûlée but not as we know it. It had a sponge like piece of cake inside which was unexpected but not unpleasant. The restaurant manager said this was an Indian twist on a classic which it certainly was. The dessert was served with a glass of fruit mix which really finished off the meal.
Our experience at Five Rivers was really lovely. We had a great evening enjoying the cocktails and sampling the food and we would love to go back again with our Mums and with our other halves (they were both insanely jealous of our meals!). The service was welcoming and friendly and we both really enjoyed our night out.
The Mothers Day Menu at Five Rivers will be served exclusively on Sunday 31st March between 12noon and 9:30pm and costs just £25 per head. You can find out more and book your table at fiveriversalacarte.co.uk
Disclaimer: With thanks to the staff at Five Rivers for an enjoyable evening. We were invited to enjoy the Mothers Day menu at Five Rivers for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own.