Years of commitment by owner-operators Andrea and Marta have brought Birmingham’s Amantia to vibrant life in the centre of Birmingham. Located in the regal former premises of the Sun Insurance Building up Bennetts Hill, Amantia is unreservedly a fixture in Ladywood’s Spanish dining scene. The magic begins in Amantia’s kitchen, and ends with very happy diners feasting on Mediterranean and Spanish dishes curated and prepared with real passion, and offered at very affordable prices.
The name Amantia means a lot to the owners of this Spanish and Mediterranean passion project in the heart of Birmingham’s Ladywood. First of all, it’s the name of an ancient Greek polis, the ruins of which can be found near one half of this restaurateur-duo Andrea Tragaj’s birthplace. Commanding an important position overlooking the Strait of Otranto that divides the Balkan peninsula from the heel of Italy, to those of us in search of good food it signifies Mediterranean. It is also the initials of Tragaj and Marta Retenaga’s children, and we’d like to introduce you to their most bold and mature offspring: their Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant along Bennetts Hill.
In Birmingham, Amantia have already made a name for themselves whipping up some of Ladywood and Birmingham’s best tapas. These days it seems like every foodie is in search of a default location for the Spanish small plates, and it certainly looks like a good number have decided to call Birmingham’s Amantia, up Bennetts Hill, their home when it comes to this popular, shareable pastime. Amantia also do a selection of pan-Mediterranean crepes, taking in influences from France, naturally, but also some further-flung flavours reminiscent of Italy and the Levant. A considered main menu is strongly Spanish and Iberian, divided evenly between heavenly meat and chicken dishes and seafood. Fine old world wines, Spanish beers available by the bottle or on tap, plus a resident mixologist preparing classic and contemporary cocktails, rounds off a superlative Spanish and Mediterranean offering in central Birmingham.
A fantastic meal for me and my work friends. One spanish friend commented that the paella was the best they had tried in the UK!
Great restaurant, great time. For a while, we had a little of Spain in Birmingham. And Alhambra beer. For somebody from Granada, this is really special.
Everything was lovely. The service was great and the food was as well. I will definitely be coming back and I would recommend it to anyone.
First time at Amantia, everything was excellent, the food, drink and service. Turned out that Monday’s was 3 for 2 on tapas so meal was very reasonably priced. I would highly recommend this restaurant, we will definitely be back
The best tapas I've had in the UK. I was in a party of four and we had 12 tapas as recommended on the menu and which is fairly standard. The food was first class and came to us in three 'waves' with a break in between rather than filling up the table with too many plates. The wine list catered for all tastes and had a lot of Spanish wine which one might expect. The white Rioja was excellent. We finished off with cheese for 3 and a couple of glasses of Pedro Ximénez sherry (which is like port) which was lovely. The pricing was very reasonable. The restaurant styling was modern but not soulless and service was friendly and efficient. The staff were also very knowledgeable. Historically Bennetts Hill has been a little of the beaten track for restaurants but with the opening of the Cosy Club (a posh pub) opposite I suspect that Amantia will go from strength to strength. Overall, I would go there again, would recommend/take friends and family and am looking forward to my next visit.
We booked at Amantia for my special birthday treat and we couldn't have chosen a better place, although it was lunchtime and a bit quiet it did not detract from the wonderful experience, the food was exceptional, we tried the tapas to start and then went on to the main course and sweet all of which were excellent, we washed it all down with a nice bottle of carva. The staff were very attentive but not Intrusve, we look forward to eating their again and have had no hesitation in recommending Amantia to our friends.
I was part of a group of three people on our first visit to the restaurant.The restaurant was selected to compliment a Spanish themed evening culminating in "Rodrigo`s concerto" at the Birmingham Symphony Hall The Tapas served was excellent. The service provided was prompt,courteous and advisory.The courses were perfectly timed with the removal of used plates and the introduction of further hot dishes.The tables had sufficient distance from each other not to be intrusive and the restaurant decor was modern with light Spanish music playing in the background. It had a good ambiance and I would definitely recommend Amantia for customers who want a flavour of Spain.
We really enjoyed our meal at Amantia. The one thing I would change is that we are asked at the beginning whether we would like all our orders to come at the same time or not, rather that it just coming in two halves. This meant that our lunch period overran considerably. The food, however, was absolutely delicious and I would very much recommend anyone else to try the food here, particularly on Mondays when the tapas is 2 for 1. The portion sizes are generous and I would say no more than three tapas dishes per person. The service was also very good - warm, polite and not at all intrusive.
Four of us ate at Amantia on a Tuesday evening and we had a great time, unfortunately it was very quiet and therefore lacked a bit of atmosphere. Food was excellent, service was friendly and efficient. Tapas dishes were explained clearly and we were advised of how much food to order (not advised to over order like another Tapas restaurant not a million miles away). Good selection of drinks including cocktails. We will certainly return, perhaps on a busier night.
Great food great flavours and a decent ambience. Second time visiting and will most certainly be back for a third. Amantia offers quality food for a very reasonable price. The prawns are awesome with a good kick to boot. Until next time Amantia xx