After working out at The Cube on a dreary Saturday morning, I thought there was no better way to refuel than take a short walk along the canal to Brindley Place and pop in to one of Birmingham’s newest offerings – Café Opus. Brought to you by the folks at Opus Restaurant (see our review here) this little sister venue is a very different offering providing breakfasts, lunches, and light meals in its Ikon Gallery setting on Oozells Square.
Last week we stopped by for a coffee and sat outside under its heaters and blankets to
enjoy an early Spring sunny morning on the funky furniture. Today though we sat inside watching the world go by through the French windows.
Opus has a ton of experience of making diners happy and that experience has translated
well here: many of the tables have wedges underneath them to stop even the slightest wobble; short-stemmed flowers decorate the modern tables; and chairs are comfortably padded. It is the kind of place where you could sit for an hour or so with a Sunday paper over brunch or coffee and cake. It already seems popular with the yummy mummies and dishy daddies, two lots wheeled in 4-wheel-drive prams that looked more expensive than my car while we were there.
There’s a focus on quality with the food, it may be lower end in terms of price, but the
suppliers are the experienced boys, Anderson’s & Hill from The Great Western Arcade, and other locals. Not to mention all of the food is prepared on-site or at Opus Restaurant just down the road. The home-made cakes looked particularly lovely, we’ll surely be back to try them another time, but today was for brekkie.
We ordered the full English, and the Eggs Benedict. My full English (£7.50) was ample, with delicious smoked bacon, succulent sausages, and perfectly cooked scrambled egg. The Eggs Benedict (£6.50) were some of the most perfectly cooked poached eggs we’ve had. Other items on the menu include 2 eggs any style with toast (£4), heavier dishes including slow cooked ox cheeks with red cabbage and spiced apple (£7), and if you want something picky then you can get cheese, vegetarian, and fish sharer platters (around £8) – perfect with a glass of wine on a summer’s evening I reckon.
Undoubtedly a super spot for hangover curing late brunch with the papers.
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