At the end of Harborne High St, behind a big blue door sits somewhere pretty special. Now I’ve enjoyed drinks at Harborne Kitchen before, but this time I was here for dinner.
The restaurant at Harborne Kitchen is tucked away behind the bar, almost hidden away. This sectioning off works so well you actually forget there’s a really popular bar (honestly those cocktails are worth going for alone) until you go to the toilet mid meal and are greeted with a bit more of a loud atmosphere compared to the chilled out restaurant.
Now I must admit I actually wasn’t going to write about this meal. I had a wonderfully quiet birthday in the grand scheme of it all. Bar the continuous flurry of texts from friends and family, I had no intention of sharing much on my blog, but I just couldn’t resist. Just to start, I should say I’m not here to write a huge review or pick apart each course like a food critic. I just want to highlight that we enjoyed our wonderful tasting spectacular at this lovely little independent.
Food wise, there were a few stand out dishes for us. The Chicken Liver Parfait, with wonderful homemade Malt Loaf and Soda Bread. The parfait was just so smooth and light. I just couldn’t get over it. The Roscoff Onion was also incredible, I can never look at onion in the same way again. It was just spectacular. But I also can’t fault my Happy Birthday course, which was a wonderful touch to the evening! I shan’t go into all the ins and outs as you should go and experience this yourself!
The one huge highlight of this dinner for me was the lack of interruption. The food is there to stand out for itself, the servers didn’t have to bombard us or intrude. Leaving us to discuss together each course as they came but also allowing Dr W and I to enjoy our time together. I honestly have never enjoyed a meal so much because of this. There was chatter between courses, but I can honestly see why Michelin style dining is on the up. A peaceful, delicious dinner that I will remember forever. Harborne Kitchen, I have a feeling we will be back.
For those not wanting to break the bank with the 6/8 course tasting menu, Harborne Kitchen offer a 2/3 course weekday evening menu and they are also open for lunch. Of which both menus look to have had the same love and attention to detail as the tasting ones. There’s no denying here that Harborne Kitchen care about their offerings and patrons.
Have you enjoyed a tasting menu before? Would you check out Harborne Kitchen? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Thank you to Dr W for my incredible birthday night out.
P.P.S. Harborne Kitchen is located at 175-179 High St, Birmingham B17 9QE.