Whenever I go to the theatre, I’m one of the many people who’s guilty of getting something very quick and easy to eat or eating something very quickly before I go.
Miss Saigon was one of those musicals that I’ve heard about but never knew anything about it, except that it was set in Vietnam and had something to do about the war. I’ll tell you now: it did not disappoint and it was a fantastic evening. As well as getting to see the show, The Hippodrome had put together a Vietnamise menu to accompany the show which we were to try in The Circle Restaurant.
The Circle Restaurant is on the upper floor of the Hippodrome and boasts a AA Rosette Award. The restaurant is a wonderful addition to the theatre; extremely light and airy and reasonably priced. With two courses for £24.50 and three courses for £29.50, it also gives you the flexibility to enjoy your desserts in the intervals and have coffee after the show. Not something you can get when you dine out of the theatre!
The Hippodrome made a taster meal for us to try out all the options on the menu. The menu had been launched for the running off Miss Saigon – all Vietnamese flavoured, which makes it that little bit more special than your average pub grub.
For starters, we were served a salt beef croquette, a shot of white bean and basil pesto soup, Vietnamese prawn summer rolls and a goat cheese mousse on walnut toast. As a huge lover of cheese, the goats cheese mousse was always going to be a winner with me and in true Becky fashion, I saved the best till last. I really enjoyed the white bean and pesto soup – two ingredients I never would have put together. It was delicately spiced and very warming.
The mains were served and out came a wonderful selection of dishes to get anyone’s taste buds going. We were served 4 tasting dishes consisting of tenderlion pork, pan-seared coley, honey brushed confit of duck and a yellow curry lentil scotch egg. All of the dishes had vietmanese flavouring to them, including, soy and sesame savoy cabbage or ginger and spring onion flavoured rice noodles. Surprisingly, my favourite dish was the Yellow Curried scotch egg. It was wonderfully flavoured giving it an very oriental twist. The usual meat was swapped for the lentils making it vegetarian friendly.
After the first half the musical, we had dessert, which was a great way of using the interval time. You can swap the traditional ice cream served in the interval for being dined in The Circle Restaurant. Again, all the desserts followed the same theme and we were served a Matcha green tea panna cotta, a bitter chocolate tart and a poached pear and pistacio cake. Dessert is never really my thing but the pistachio cake stole my heart.
About the show itself? As I said; I knew nothing about Miss Saigon before entering the theatre. The actors and actresses really portrayed the show and captured every single emotion. The effects were wonderful; which is something that always grabs me at shows and how the production team works. I do really recommend it. The show is running until 23rd September and you’re able to buy tickets on the Hippodrome website.
*I was invited by Birmingham Bloggers to review The Circle Restaurant and to see Miss Saigon. All opinions, as ever, are my own.