Evening Catch Up | Min Min Noodle Bar, Birmingham
This was one of the first planned evening’s out with my close friend that I met earlier this year, so to say the least it was an important night to me. Our plans had changed that day, including the location of the restaurant, so quickly thinking on my feet so we chose to go to Min Min, a Vietnamese/Japanese galore about 5 minutes away from town.
Min Min is one of my go to guilty pleasures as they never fail me. I wouldn’t class the place as a restaurant because the atmosphere always feels more casual, so I tend to view it as a stop off evening meal after a long day of shopping or exploring the city. Nevertheless, their food is always impeccable and consistent.
Needless to say, the quality of their food was the same and their service was on point. Their main menu is tailored towards meat eaters and we usually ask for their exclusive veggie menu for better choices. I’ve always thought Asian food was simple enough to cut out the meat and replace with vegetables, or tofu, and boy does their vegetarian dishes shine against normal ones.
I ordered my usual, vegetable tempura as my starter and thai style hot and sour ho fun noodle soup (flat rice noodles) with veggie fish pieces. They came in a timely manner and their food came hot, which is always appreciated as all foodies out there know! The tempura was in a light batter and filled me up just enough before the main course came.
And wow, when it came was it warm and cuddly. It came in a big bowl that I swear could fit my head in (you know the type, the one where you put vapour rub in to steam away your cold). It took me a while to eat through it all, with all the little additions like bamboo shoots, bak choi (chinese lettuce) and sweetcorn making this super fun to eat.
The background chatter made the evening quaint and cosy, which finished off the evening nicely. The staff never rush you away, so you feel welcome to stay all night catching up and giggling at old stories with your friends.
If you ever want to explore something new and that is relatively cheaper than big chain restaurants, nip into Min Min as it is a food haven that is honest, treats you right and feeds you well. Always a winner in my book.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: 4.0
QUALITY OF FOOD: 4.5
WAITING TIME: 4.0
TOP TIP: It can be a bit chilly in the restaurant, so wrap up warm if you plan on staying for a long extended chat with your besties ❤