Lunchtime Liaison – Hibiscus Grove at Sketts Fine Food Fair, Victoria Square
Rather than purchase the regular meal deal from one of the insidious supermarkets slowly taking over the Colmore Business District, my wife and I popped along Colmore Row to Victoria Square.
It was a glorious day and Sketts had put on one of their fortnightly food fairs which are on every first and third Wednesday of the month.
Taking over one quarter of the square there was a good variety of choice available with Barebones Pizza, Hisbiscus Grove, Sharians Cuisine, Mr V’s Street Food, Woodhouse Farm and Street Chef Peter providing tasty delights ranging from Jamaican Jerk Chicken through Pizza, Burgers and South East Asian cuisine.
We had sampled Hibiscus Grove previously at Birmingham Independent Food Fair, and seen regularly at the Mac, my wife went straight there for a few of their delights.
The selection was varied including paneer rolls, samosas and pakoras all well priced. I plumped for a lamb samosa (£1) and two portions of pakoras (£1.50) whilst my wife went for a vegan samosa (£1).
My lamb samosa was stuffed full of aromatic lamb and peas, delicately spiced with a wonderful after kick.
My wife’s vegan samosa was devoured with relish and similarly stuffed full of chunky potatoes. The verdict between mouthful was yummy!
Before returning to the day job we had to sample the pakoras. By the time we had finished the samosas the oil had began to leak through the bag but the contents were still warm.
The Pakoras were a little dry for my taste and needed a dip (I picked up some tatziki on the way back to the office), but were well flavoured and had the right amount of crunch. they lasted less than 15 minutes when the office wolves caught the scent.
If you’re on the lookout for a little bit of a different lunch and the weather is good, I recommend popping down for a dash of solid street food.
Where: Victoria Square, Birmingham