Red Peppers at Birmingham Mailbox

With Manager Craig’s incredibly tight ship and effortless flare hosting a packed out Red Peppers this Friday night, we were shown to our seats and introduced to our waitress, Gosia with the minimum of fuss, refreshing for a city restaurant located at the heart of the bustling Mailbox veranda canal side terrace.

Even though the d├ęcor has an instaneous warming effect on you when you take a moment to view your surroundings, Craig explains that the restaurant is having a refurb in the next few weeks. Stunning interiors give you the atmosphere you would find in any Mediterranean bistro but, like the food and drink, there’s a bit of something for everyone at Red Peppers.

I began with a Rasberry Caipirinha – a drink with Cachaca, brown sugar, lime and raspberries over a bed of crushed ice. This drink has a powerful kick but just enough lime and sugar to soften the palette.

There was a lot going on when we arrived, an open fronted kitchen is a centrepiece at one end of the restaurant and a large blackboard displays specials of the day in all their glory.

We begin with a Greek Salad to share with Garlic Potato skins and a Guacamole, sundried tomato, and mozzarella freshly baked pizzetta. The dough is soft and still warm and the bread has a slight hint of chilli oil with stunning textures in the bite. The potato skins were light and crisp with the taste of olive oil coming through. All this, perfectly washed down with a Pepper Lynchburg Lemonade, a refreshing cocktail of Jack Daniels, Orange Liqueur, and sweet and sour flavours mixed together with an warm glow.

The food has a variety of Mediterranean dishes but you could easily say that recipes have been sought from a plethora of cuisines from around the world including Mexico and even Thailand.

For my main I go for Spaghetti Gamberoni because I refuse to have steak in a restaurant anymore. It’s ok on a normal occasion but as I’ve already heard fantastic reports about Peppers’ Bloody Mary and their Rib Eye steaks I go for something a little bit more creative.

A sauce of capers, fresh tomatoes, and spinach is the perfect accompaniment to the delicate and deliciously fresh Tiger Prawns. My girlfriend opts for the Vegetarian Enchilada complete with Three Bean Chilli and Mexican Rice. We share a side of roasted new potatoes which was the only dish that I feel was slightly bland.

To finish we went for the Tiramisu and a fantastic, warm pecan pie which was incredibly rich in terms of treacle flavour but warm and well cooked coupled with a delicious cold ice cream. The two hot and cold elements worked very well here.

The staff and service was exceptional, - it seems that Peppers is definitely one of the gems the 2nd city has to offer.