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The heat is on in Saigon (and the Hippodrome)

The heat is on in Saigon..(and The Hippodrome)

It's very rare that I get totally excited due to an email and pretty unheard of that I squeal at one (unless there's an amazing gig tickets to be released). But this time, the squeal was very much necessary. I had been invited by Brum Bloggers to attend the Hippodrome's launch of their summer menu as well as to a performance of Miss Saigon. Wow, simply WOW!

I'm a frequent visitor to the Hippodrome whether it be for a Matthew Bourne production which always happens to fall on my Birthday or a girly get together post Hurst Street cocktails. I simply adore the theatre, whether it be reliving an old classic or getting lost in something unknown. However, Miss Saigon is a show I was yet to see. It was discussed when announced in Birmingham but none of the girls took the lead on arranging the night and I for one could not bear to start another Whatsapp group. So, the thought of the performance along with a Miss Saigon inspired menu was truly exciting.

The night began at 6pm at the Hippodrome, in The Atrium (who knew this place was so big). I was greeted by a wonderful cocktail made specifically to suit the show and event. The deliciously named 'Sun and Moon' went down very nicely (all 4 of them) along with some wonderfully vibrant Pan Asian appetisers. As cheese has a huge place in my heart I was always going to fall in love with the goats cheese mousse, seriously tasty!

We were then seated in the Circle Restaurant for what my friends would describe as a 'taste sensation'.
For those dining at the circle there is a set price menu available, prices varying between two and three courses.We however, got to sample many taster plates from the summer menu.

Act I & II

Left to Right : a salt beef croquette with a mooli, shallot and caper salad and the most divine Vietnamese prawn summer roll which had just enough bite with the addition of sweet chilli. The star of this show for me was of course the goats cheese mousse with marinated tomatoes on crisp walnut toast, followed by the the vegetarian offering of white bean soup with basil pesto.

Clockwise : Yellow curried lentil SCOTCH EGG with asparagus and new potato salad. Please believe me when I say that this was just wonderful, surprising yet delicious. You'll then spot a pan seared fillet of coley with rice noodles, samphire, ginger and spring onion broth followed by a honey-brushed confit of duck leg with celeriac puree, bok choy and star anise jus. Last but believe me by no means least there was stunning chilli and coriander crusted pork tenderloin with soy and sesame braised savoy cabbage.

Curtain Call

After a wonderful first half, the interval had begun as we were making our mad dash to the Gowling WLG Suite, a hospitality area overlooking The Atrium. We were greeted with the prettiest of table settings and the most aesthetically pleasing desserts.

Left to Right : The most amazingly rich and delicious bitter chocolate tart with lychee, strawberry and mint compote, green tea panna cotta with a sesame tuille and the most enjoyable poached peach and pistachio cake with raspberries and vanilla set custard. The menu also offers a local cheese selection at a small additional supplement.

The Verdict

The girls and I will often make arrangements for a pre-theatre meal but have never as a group attended The Circle Restaurant, until now.The set menu is very reasonably priced and the service not only for us Brum Bloggers but other diners was impeccable throughout our dining experience. I look forward to returning and sampling the next theatre themed menu.

As previously mentioned this was my first time experiencing Miss Saigon and I was not disappointed! I could type and type about the show but I don't want to ruin a second of it for you. Am I happy that the show chose to tour? Yes! Am I happy that the helicopter scene lived up to expectation? Yes! Would I see the show again? Yes! 

Miss Saigon runs until Saturday 23rd September at Birmingham Hippodrome, for tickets call 0844 338 5000 alternatively head to their website at

*The Brum Bloggers invited me to this event on behalf of the Birmingham Hippodrome.The drinks, food and ticket to Miss Saigon were complimentary however, the views and images are very much my own.


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