Michelin Chef Aktar Islam offers a truly authentic menu at Pulperia that highlights the beauty of Argentinian cuisine.
The faint smell of charcoal lingers around Pulperia, warming your chest but not pungent enough to make you sweat. The ambiance is warm, hanging bulb lights droop seductively over the main restaurant area and bottles swing on chains. A subtle glow surrounds the seating area, enticing diners to relax, eat good food and sip wine in a gorgeous setting.
Walking through the entrance doors at 1pm, we were the second couple inside the restaurant. More people starting coming in later on. Lunch was 3 courses, plus half a bottle of wine for £30 per person. The menu is small – with a delectable selection of starters on offer. The waiter talked us though the menu. Not to everyone’s taste – but no harm done and insightful to hear more on each dish. To start, the Chorizo – Pork & paprika sausage, heritage tomato and chimichurri. Succulent rotundas of flesh, perfectly spiced and tender. Flavours were strong and paired perfectly with the Chilean bottle of wine we had to share.
Main course was from the grill – all meat comes from 30 day, grass fed naturally reared stock. A chunky 300g slab Sirloin steak arrived, accompanied with a small portion of chips and more chimichurri. Perfectly cooked, the knife slid through the beef skin like butter. Deep pink with an easy chew. Extra sides were ordered including Roasted Heritage Carrots in Chicken Butter with a side helping of Creamed Spinach. Both dishes were an additional £5 each.
To finish, we ordered Pancakes, with orange, hesperidina caramel, dulche ice cream. Another serving was Churros, deep fried choux with silky el submarino sauce. Wonderfully crisp with a sweet, gooey inside texture.
It was hard to find fault with the service. It was attentive, not annoying and we had an inside joke shared on how to pronounce PANQUEUES. Pulperia’s lunch offer is an absolute steal, and I would encourage anyone to visit, if not only for the steak and wine cooked lovingly on the unique Argentinian v-shaped, charcoal and wood-fired grill.
What you need to know about Pulperia
3 courses and half a bottle of wine, plus fantastic service for £30, amazing! Pulperia is open Wednesday – Sunday with differing times. Check the website for more info. Gifting vouchers available and a private dining experience is said to be excellent.
3 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, England, B1 2JB