I’ve been craving good Middle-Eastern food for so long that I just had to give in to my temptation on Sunday afternoon and go to Damascena for lunch.
For this visit, Kaazi (my ride or die!) and I decided to visit the relatively-new branch in Birmingham city centre. Previously, I’ve been to the Damascena in Moseley village which was nice and quaint but from what I remember it’s quite small and there isn’t a lot of seating.
We ordered a selection of items including hummus, tabbuula, halloumi wrap and a spinach and sumac herb with feta cheese fatayer (pastry). For drinks we had a spiced chai frappe, strawberry and almond milkshake and a cafe frappe. All the food is halal but we decided to stick with veggie dishes.
This was for two people, the bill came to £25 and the food was so worth it!!
They don’t do table service so similarly to restaurants like Nando’s you get a table and then order at the counter. We went on a Sunday afternoon around 12:30pm and it was quite busy but we found a table straightaway and didn’t have to queue for ages to order either. The food took about 10 minutes to come and was hot on arrival.
Everything was really tasty and the spiced chai frappe was probably one of the best drinks I’ve ever had… just writing about it makes my mouth water 😍😍
You can really tell that everything is freshly-made as the fatayer was soft and the tabbuula was really well-seasoned and had just enough dressing to give it a slight tang. The halloumi wrap was nice too but I would’ve liked a little more flavour as I had to ask for chilli sauce to give it a slight kick.
Parking in that area is difficult! As it’s located in the city centre, there are restrictions everywhere as to where you can park and on the side roads the parking is steep. It costs £3.00 to park for one hour and if you’re going for a nice relaxing brunch which will easily last up to 2 hours then that will cost you £6! I kinda wished I went to the cafe in Moseley as at least the parking is free there!
Aside from that, I really liked Damascena and will definitely be visiting again. The cafe is well-decorated inside with Turkish influences throughout. There is a decent amount of seating inside albeit a little cramped. They have a selection of freshly baked cakes, baklava, pastries and breads which all looks very appetising 😋
If you’re looking for a nice authentic Middle Eastern eatery then definitely check out Damascena, you won’t be disappointed.
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