The Lost & Found in Birmingham has been on my 'to-go list' since I moved to the city for uni three years ago - as you can imagine, the collection is very long. I'd heard that this restaurant promised seriously tasty fare, impressive interiors and an extensive cocktail menu (with popular venues already in Bristol and Leeds), so I wanted to find out if it lived up to my high expectations. And, with assignments right around the corner, I was in much need of a relaxing indulgent meal, so it felt like the perfect time to try it out.
After making my way to the venue, just down Bennetts Hill, I was immediately impressed by the pretty decor. The restaurant had an undeniable botanical theme, with floral wallpaper alongside dangling foliage, which paired beautifully with the dark wooden furniture and impressive white columns. On top of that, each table had a flickering candle, bringing a romantic ambience to the evening.
To start off the night, we ordered a bottle of Mirabeau Forever Summer Rosé (£30). While the wine was sweet, it lacked the fruitiness we were expecting - nonetheless, we really enjoyed it and will definitely be having it again. Our waitress, who was friendly and accommodating, also served us a mai tai (£9.75) each, which was a strong, sweet cocktail that paired nicely with our vino.
For starters, I had the crispy halloumi (£8.25). The warm, succulent cheese was slathered in sweet chilli sauce that added a spicy kick and rich flavour to it. Spiralled cucumber sat on top; it was an aesthetically pleasing starter that satisfied my tastebuds. My fiancé tucked into the fried buttermilk chicken (£9.25), a lip-smacking plate of crispy chicken pieces topped with red pepper ketchup.
Next up, I opted for the black truffle rigatoni (£18), a creamy, cheesy dish mixed with mushrooms. The pasta was cooked beautifully and I could have easily polished off another plate. Across the table, my dinner date dived into the masala fish and chips (£17.50); he said the fish lacked seasoning, but that the chunky chips, which were cooked in a masala spice, were nothing short of scrumptious (and having nicked a few chips off his plate, I can agree with this).
We decided to indulge ourselves further in two puddings that were both rich with quirky pairings. The dark chocolate brownie (£8.50) came topped with popcorn and cherry compose, alongside a scoop of chocolate and blood orange ice cream. Although my fiancé said he wasn’t entirely sure if all the different flavours worked together, the brownie was intensely rich and soft (I can also agree with this again). On the contrary, the chocolate and praline torte (£8.25) came with a forest berry sorbet that added a bittersweet composition to the torte, which was delicious and creamy.
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We had a wonderful time at The Lost & Found; both of us were impressed by the gorgeous interiors, aromatic, botanical cocktails and wine, not to mention the variety of unique and flavoursome dishes. It was the ideal restaurant for a cute romantic date, leaving both my fiancé and I satisfied, though we'll definitely be back to try more.
💰 The damage: Around £110 plus service charge.
📍 The location: 8 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RS.
👌 Perfect for: A romantic or celebratory meal.
⭐ Need to know: You can also try out Lost and Found Birmingham's bottomless brunch.