Went to Birmingham to meet some friends and celebrate Christmas. Got to Birmingham around 4pm (we did get a little lost).
After dumping the stuff off at the hotel and relaxing we went to a Japanese restaurant called Shogun in a place called the Mailbox. The food was really nice but there was a lot. We had a choice between a few different Christmas menus.
I went for Menu 1 which was:
Yakitori (Skewered grilled chicken in Teriyaki sauce)
Harumaki (Japanese crispy spring rolls)
Soba Noodle Soup (Noodle Soup with Chicken, Green Vegetables and Spring Onions)
Tori Sarada (Thinly sliced grilled Chicken Breast with Salad and Dressing)
Tender Duck Breast served with Pineapple and Teriyaki Sauce
Fillet of Sweet Lamb served with Teppan-yaki Sweet Potato
Tender Fillet of Beef with Oriental Mushrooms
Oriental Pandan Salad
We thought we had to choice one of each but we got them all. The spring roll was really nice. We also had rice and veg. Thankfully it was about 10 minutes from the hotel so we managed to walk off some of the food.
The Mailbox was a collection of bars, shops and restaurants in a really cool contemporary setting. It looks really nice.
We got back in time for the X-Factor result – didnt really watch it and didnt like either of them but I am glad G4 did not win. By about 9.30pm some other ppl arrived and we headed to the club The Works. It was a huge place.
We stayed there pretty much till it closed at 3am. It had 3 different rooms with different types of music – HipHop/R&B/Jungle, Dance and the other room was more chart, 80s,90s, and cheesy stuff like Bon Jovi, Proclaimers, Bryan Adams etc. 🙂 I liked the cheesy room – lots of stupid singles and dancing. The Works was actually named one of the places to avoid on this site! 🙂 but i enjoyed it overall.
On the way home was getting hungry so went to McDonalds and got a double cheeseburger – first McDonalds for about 6 months – it tasted good!
Got back to hotel and then watched some TV – didn’t get to sleep till around 4.45am. Woke up just pass 9am – stupid body clock waking me up! – stayed in bed and watched T4 and Hollyoaks. We left the hotel around 12 and after giving someone a lift to the train station we went to the shopping centre called the Bullring. It was a really nice modern shopping centre. Didn’t buy anything. We ate at an Italian cafe and had some pasta. We then went to find somewhere to sit and chat – eventually found a place that was open. Before too long it was for people to catch the train.
We drove back to Manchester – it only took about 1 hour 45 mins which was not too bad. Got back and was so tired.
Had a great weekend and really enjoyed it.
Shogun Teppan-yaki restaurant
The Works nightclub
I have some photos online but you will need to email me – and then I may tell you were they are 🙂