M&M:Munch – Yaqubs’s Steak House (Birmingham)

This has been a long time coming, after numerous failed outings to Yaqubs (normally due to them being ‘fully booked’) I finally managed to find the time to visit the steakhouse and they had space for me! Grab my full review after the cut…

I am a huge foodie and have been to the majority of eateries around Birmingham and when I hear about new ones opening I can’t wait to go try them out. Birmingham has always been behind places like Manchester and Bradford for food but I believe that slowly we are coming into our own and there will be a time when Mancunians come to Brum for food and not the other way around. This is my first food review so please be kind, here goes…

Yaqubs is based bang in the centre of the balti triangle in Birmingham which has seen a resurgence somewhat for steak houses. There are now atleast 4 within a mile radius, this means competition which can be only good for the customer. I arrived and was quickly greeted and sat to a table, the outside decor is very good and goes with the whole theme of a steakhouse, inside could have been better with some attention to detail to go with the overall theme but on the whole a clean and a relaxed environment to eat in, I was looking forward to the meal and on the whole I wasn’t dissapointed…

Food: Its a pretty varied menu with steaks, burgers and all that kind of thing. For starters I had Buffalo BBQ Wings and a friend had King Prawns, the portions were of decent size for a starter and the prawns went down a treat however I was less impressed with my wings which just seemed a bit ordinary to me and something that wouldn’t be out of place in a standard chippy.

My main was an 8oz T Bone which I had with steak chips and a salad which I was quite happy with, decent sized portion which filled me up perfectly and my friend was very happy with his steak too, there was the option for bigger portions but we opted for the standard meals which were more than sufficient. The criticisms I had with my meal was that the sauce just didn’t add much, maybe I will opt for the standard gravy. Ismails Steakhouse do some awesome gravy and Yaqubs Sauce just didn’t have the same effect. Presentation of the food wasn’t the best or what you would expect from a high end steak house. I would also prefer a proper steak knife, the knife I got was on the blunt side and I just feel it adds to the experience, little things make an experience, gravy and a knife may seem small but make a huge difference.

Service: Service wasn’t too much of an issue as it wasn’t busy enough for the staff to be properly tested but they did seem adequately trained and took our order and recommended some good tips for our meal.

Atmosphere: For a Monday night there was a decent amount of people at the restaurant and was a place where families and friends could come and enjoy a relaxing evening. The outside decor is really good and suits the steakhouse image but they should have tried to follow it on the inside which lacks the energy and effort that is evident from the exterior of the restaurant.

Price: For a steak house this is on the more higher end of the budget, with a 12oz Rump coming in at £14 and the Steak (8oz) at £12. One thing I have always maintained is that if the food is good I dont mind paying a bit more as long as the quality is there, in this case the steaks were just about worth the money. An average meal per head is approx £18-£22 (without dessert) which is on the more dear side compared to its competitors, I know I could walk into another steakhouse around the corner and pay less.

Verdict: Overall I enjoyed my time at Yaqub’s and would say it is worth a trip if you’re thinking of a night of meat! Yes it is on the expensive side but it fills you up and the portions are decent. Little things like a proper steak knife add to the experience, I also do not understand the decor inside as it doesn’t match up to the magnificent exterior, this is somewhere they can build on maybe? In conclusion the restaurant is a 7/10 for me the food was good but thats all it was, the price and interior decor let it down for me. For such a premium price you are expecting a premium product and it just wasn’t that however I will be going again to test it out again in the near future.

If you are planning a visit make sure you book in advance for Fri, Sat or Sun nights as they do seem to be quite busy on those nights.

Peace Out…

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