Two! Count them, two Brazilian restaurants before we get an Argentinian one. But what a one. When I’d heard that the team behind Brum’s most famous Indian restaurant Lasan were to open this place, I was a little incredulous. It would be like Alan Yau opening a Mexican eatery. I needn’t have worried though because they’ve delivered (as I’m sure Yau would have too)!
Taking over an old guest house on the Hagley Rd, Fiesta Del Asado oozes warmth and class. The parilla or Argentine grill is at the forefront of the open kitchen. The grill master turning out perfectly grilled cuts of beef as well as lamb and chicken over charcoal and wood. The starters are exemplary; Iberico jamon de bellota served on warmed plates so that the complex flavour is magnified. Morcilla is rich and deeply seasoned, empanadas moreish, whitebait often disappointing elsewhere are as you hope they’ll always be, crispy and fresh. Piglet belly main is tender and juicy but the skin should be crispier and the chimichurri could do with more punch but these are minor gripes. Especially as the postres are so wonderful. The Santiago tart on my last visit was wolfed down so quickly that I must have inhaled it.
Fiesta Del Asado is quite pricey but this is superior cooking without unnecessary high-end flourishes. It’s food you want to eat, just how it should be.
Fiesta Del Asado
229 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9RP
Tel 0121 4559331