L’INSPIRATION FRANÇAIS

MadeleineThe latest fooderie to open at The Cube is Madeleine, the French-inspired pastry parlour from the entrepreneurial restauranteur Mike Nayla; he also owns Rodizio Rico upstairs and the newly opened Bun  & Bowl next door.

Madeleine seems to have all bases covered for that any-time-of-day fix for pastry, coffee or meeting up with friends – it’s open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and into the early evening. It’s also a great place to do a spot of laptopping with its free wifi and actually rather nice kitchen tables and chairs.

Hats off to a very splendid goats cheese and olive bruschetta; not particularly French but decidedly fabulous. No complaints about the cappuccino either. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy – French or otherwise – there’s plenty going on in the cake department.

The service is super friendly too, with the very excellent Lewis (pictured) striking up conversation about anything, in this particular instance the music playing overhead which turned out to be a violin concerto by Mendelssohn – not your usual café fayre and not at all unwelcome.

So if you fancy a bit of French sophistication and sustenance in Birmingham, Madeleine is probably just your cup of tea.