Ask Italian is located on Bennett’s Hill, close to New Street in Birmingham City Centre. To access it, there is a large step into the main restaurant. This is too high for me to climb independently in my wheelchair as I suspect it will also be for other disabled customers. At the entrance, someone in your party must go inside to request a ramp, which isn’t very gratifying. Disabled customers may have arranged to meet someone inside, meaning it is not very pleasant to wait outside.
Once inside, the space permits moderate accessibility, with tables and chairs positioned all over the space. There is enough room to navigate through to get to your table. Depending on the time of day, you may need to ask customers to move aside while you pass. Be aware of people passing behind me whilst dining to avoid being knocked or disturbed. A comfortable location is essential!
As far as I am aware, there is a standard size disabled toilet within the restaurant.
Unfortunately, even when tilting my chair down further, the tables were too low for me. I had to bring my tray along with me and balance it between the table and my lap to eat. I did manage to get close enough to be able to dine in ease despite this. However, the bar height was what I expected. Despite it being very tall, I was still able to shout over it if needed.
Some staff members spoke to my dad when they were asking for my order. When prompted in the right direction they didn’t turn their attention to me. The atmosphere I did like. Of course, it does depend on the time of day and whether it’s peak timing. It is a good place to meet up and chat with friends. It can be sombre, but you may like it this way.
When comparing the recently closed ASK Italian branch on Hagley Road, Birmingham City Centre was extremely different. At Hagley Road, I had a good meal – Spaghetti Bolognese. However, after having the same meal at Birmingham City Centre, it tasted bland and dry, with too much pasta. However, my friends enjoy their meals. Perhaps it was just mine which was below standard!
I am not sure whether I recommend this ASK Italian, but I am willing to return and try a different meal and hope for a different experience.