This is such a massive improvement on how it used to be. It was dingy, concrete and very much the worst of 1970s archetecture, but now it’s just like the future I was promised as a child! Light, bright and airy with a very futuristic feel thanks to the led lights in the ceiling around the massive skylight.very much puts me in mind of spaceships 🙂 It just feels nice to be in here now. Plenty of places to shop, eat and drink means you can easily while a way a few hours if you’re stuck between connections at the much improved train station.
Amazing skylight and plenty of shops.
I appreciate the beauty of the shiney clad exterior every bit as much as the cathedral proportions of the interior. It’s such a massive change and a really nice way to let visitors to Birmingham see just how modern and beautiful our city really is. A great representative of a city that is ever reinventing itself, hopefully this will go some way to quashing the rumours of Birmingham being an ugly, grey concrete carbuncle.
Only wanting a light lunch as I had a big evening meal planned, noodles seemed an inspired choice.
The food was really good, a big bowl of vermicelli noodles in a spicy broth ( you get the choice of spicey or less spiced) with a variety of vegetables and some generous chunks of meat ( I opted for the chicken noodles and my daughter plumped for king prawn) topped with bean sprouts , shredded carrots, onion and finely chopped chili. We both had the spicy and it was very tasty. The waitress explained that our dish was not served hot but room temperature, but the noodles and broth were both adequately hot, the salad on top did cool it but it was okay for me. (Once you have been a parent you really do forget what hot food is and I have always been ok with lukewarm meals)
The homemade lemonade is certainly worth trying and in my opinion that was a 10/10 neither too sharp nor too sweet.
Nice enough food and a good size portion for only £8. My daughter already informed me she wants to eat Vietnam food again before she heads home. Being in a great location for the traveller Pho will do well but if my daughter wants Vietanames food again I think the food is better at Sung Tuoi . But horses for courses and Pho is so much nicer than a sad sandwich bar if you want to eat a Grand Central, the slowish service didn’t put me off at all, it was lunchtime and busy.