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Tempting menu and executive airport lounge decor; LIGHT BITE West One Bar & Restaurant, West Hagley It.

THE French waiter was very attentive, which wasn't hugely surprising as we were the only ones in there.

That said, he made us feel very welcome, at the same time giving us plenty of time for a girly catch-up instead of concentrating on choosing from the menu. West Restaurant, The place is nicely decorated. I think it has the feel of an executive airport lounge, with large vases of lilies, spotlights in the ceiling and intriguing dark curtains at the end of the room.

The menu is equally tempting, especially as you can have a set twocourse LIGHT BITE menu for just pounds 16 - and many of the main courses on the set menu are priced around pounds 18 each a la carte.

One Bar & West Hagley I chose the monk-fish, which was set on a bed of curried lentils drizzled in a spicy sauce. It was an unusual dish yet the flavours and textures married together wonderfully. My friend Claire opted for the pork, which was served with crumbled black pudding, pea puree, bacon emulsion and poached egg.

It had a real 'wow' factor as there were so many components yet it looked elegant on the plate. The bacon emulsion was particularly impressive.

Although it just looked like a splodge of sauce, it was packed with smoky flavour.

There were also lots of potatoes and vegetables for us to share.

For dessert I had a hazelnut creme brulee with ice-cream and Claire tucked into a chocolate dessert, which was another layered dish.

There was a chocolate base, chocolate ganache and chocolate gelatine topping. Oh, and chocolate icecream on the side, just in case you felt it was a little lacking on the chocolate front!

She thought she'd gone to chocolate heaven.

The bill, including a couple of soft drinks, came to just over pounds 35. I can't understand why it was so quiet, but perhaps we ought to keep it our secret.

ZOE CHAMBERLAIN West One Bar & Restaurant, Worcester Road, West Hagley (01562 885 328)
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2011
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