About Two Cats Kitchen
Whether or not you are familiar in any way with old Baltic cuisine, there is no way you can be unhappy with the new version. Fittingly located on Warstone Lane, in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Two Cats Kitchen really is a precious gem just waiting to be unearthed. In fact, it is kind of already unearthed and polished to a shine. This modern eastern European restaurant has already made a name for itself among those seriously in the know, so you should book your berth as soon as you can if you don’t want to miss the boat.
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 18:00 - 02:00
- Wednesday 18:00 - 02:00
- Thursday 18:00 - 02:00
- Friday 18:00 - 02:00
- Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 02:00
- Sunday Closed
Championing New Baltic Cuisine, Two Cats Kitchen is doing something absolutely unique in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. Not just unique in the style of food - based on the rich bounty of forest-harvested, soil-cultivated or sea-hauled ingredients of the Baltic states and western Russia, and calling on the time-honoured eastern European arts of pickling and fermenting, there is a lot on the menu you may never encounter again - it is also unique in experience. This is dining of the highest quality. Dishes at Two Cats Kitchen look fit for a gallery, taste combinations are exquisite, and the precision and skill on show are astounding.
But there is no fine-dining fluffery in this casual Warstone Lane eatery, where bricks, tiles and stained-glass windows set the homely atmosphere of a sleek modern dining room. Come to the Jewellery Quarter with thoughts of standard, stodgy eastern European fare, and you will leave Two Cats Kitchen with lasting memories of scorched chicory, fermented black rye bread, smoky birch sap and a host of other intriguing tastes that may leave you wondering whether you will ever have the same experience again. Thankfully for those in Birmingham - or planning another visit - the creative menu is always changing, and next time will be just as revelatory.
If it was purely down to how imaginative a chef can be with his ingredients, this would score 7 out of 6. When you're faced with a course entitled "Birch, Oak, Pine" you might expect some twigs, but somehow Niki Astley turns it into a dessert of delicate subtlety. It would be difficult to describe what it tasted of because there just aren't any easy comparisons. All I can say if you want an intimate, perfectly presented and served seven-course meal that defies belief in the taste department is: Go to Two Cats Kitchen.
Food was lovely, so many different favours. The restaurant was not formal and service was just as you'd want it to be. Well worth the visit.
First class and very orginal food that cannot be recommended to highly. Equaly fine was the superb service that was not only professional but also personal. A truly great night out. Thanks to all.
One of the best dining experiences that I've ever had. Awesome food. Superb beer selection. And reasonable prices. Just visit. You will not regret it
Everything was right, the staff attentive yet not cloying, the setting homely so that you felt comfortable from the outset, two good Romanian wines (and being honest, would we ever have tried Romanian wine otherwise?). And then the food. OK, it's a tasting menu so not everyone is going to like absolutely everything, but the kitchen staff did everything they could to accommodate allergies and serious dislikes (please tell them when booking - it makes life easier and the experience even better all round). The main event was superb - excellent quality ingredients supremely well cooked but with some really innovative twists too. The first dessert course (I shan't spoil it for those who have it to come) was simply astonishing just for its variety of ingredients and was a culmination of all the combinations of flavours we had tasted all evening. Two Cats thoroughly deserves its place amongst the best restaurants Birmingham has to offer. Our thanks to all who gave us a great culinary experience.
Great space and lovely service at Two Cats Kitchen in the up and coming Jewelry Quarter. But the food leaves much to be desired - in a nutshell, they are trying too hard. It's difficult with all the competition to be interesting and innovative, different from the rest of the pack but that doesn't mean one should put all the ingredients imaginable into one dish. Quality ingredients should stand on their own, not be bogged down with '29 other ingredients' (like our starter). A lot of potential but Two Cats Kitchen needs to re-think their philosophy and keep it simple.
The food was excellent, interesting and beautifully cooked and creatively developed into beautiful recipes. We also combined the beautiful tasting menu with a drinks menu obviously well thought as to each drink's compatability with each course. The staff were lovely and so helpful in explaining each course and accompanying drink - everyone was passionate about the food and drink and were willing to take the time to talk through each course if you wanted that, or leave you to enjoy if you did not. It was a special meal for us for our 30th anniversary and it was very definitely a momentous occasion and one I will remember and hope to revisit in the future.
Incredible food, service was excellent and the location is wonderful - a real hidden gem in more ways than one. Every course was amazing and the drinks flight to accompany was spot on. Thank you to the friendly staff at Two Cats Kitchen for a lovely evening.
Interesting food - nothing like the menu on the website. One dish substituted on the no-choice menu which we didn't mind. Fantastic sourdough bread and smoked butter. Food arrives at a reasonable pace and is all small plates, explained by the friendly staff. The flavours are intriguing without being especially challenging and there are plenty of things I'd never previously tasted. Especially liked the beetroot with damson juice, pierogi in onion consommé, pork with chestnut and yeast extract gravy and both desserts. Woodruffe ice cream is brilliant. Short wine list - most people were drinking beer. Enjoyable evening - would go again.
The food was incredible and imaginative. Right up there with some of Birmingham's very best. The wine selection didn't miss a beat! Quite possibly the best wine flight I've ever experienced! A great experience all round! There was one very slight improvement that could be made. The explanations of the dishes and the wines could be more informative. When it came to the food, the menu actually had more information as to what the components of the dish were.
As we wrote in your little feedback book last night, we had a: delightful, delicious, surprising, unusual, special, amazing, unique wedding anniversary dinner and will most certainly be returning to re-experience the event - next time with some friends in tow. You have come up with a wonderful idea, which we are sure will do very well, especially with the very special team of people you have supporting you both. Best wishes and good luck. Jacquie & Ali
great night with my family for our anniversary,staff excellent, chef explained all the changes for my son who is vegetarian & my future daughter in law who is pregnant so could not eat all the food but he changed the menu to suit. very different but very enjoyable will certainly be going back, food excellent, will tell all our friends. message to everyone who hasn't tried 2 cats your missing something special.
We really enjoyed our first visit to the Two Cats and it will not be the last, from the moment we arrived we were greated by the very friendly staff and made to feel very welcome. We had the taster menu and every dish was Devine very different in many ways lovely surprises along the way. Looking forward to going back again. Best wishes to you all Lynne Lester
I highly recommend Two Cats Kitchen, we went for our 2 year anniversary meal & weren't disappointed. An amazing Eastern European 7 course taster menu with seasonal produce - all served by friendly & knowledgeable staff. Thank you :)
2 Cats may be the best restaurant in Birmingham. The food is "Baltic" extraordinary and unlike any food I've eaten before. Service friendly and efficient. Ambiance relaxed combination of warm friendly farmhouse kitchen and uber cool. Set tasting menu so no need to choose. Sit relax eat enjoy. Veggies need to let them know in advance (not my problem). Can't wait to go back!
Very good food, very welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant accommodated my wife's gastronomic peculiarities (she hates beetroot, an east European staple). Very well balanced tasting menu. Difficult to pick out the highlights - probably the lamb and the sorrel granita. The accommodation (apparently a former gold tooth filling workshop) really added to a very interesting ambience. I'd recommend this to anyone.
I wasn't sure I wanted to try a restaurant with just a set taster menu, but I lived it. The flavours were incredible! My favourite dishes were the goat cheese filled pasta in onion broth with lovage oil - who thought such a simple looking dish could pack so much flavour - and the elderflower, apple and sorrel dessert.
Have visited Two Cats Kitchen on our anniversary. Amazing experience! Every dish is very unique and delicious. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone to visit on a special occasion.
Very interesting, well prepared and 'different' food served in a very pleasant little restaurant by knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic staff. Certainly well worth a visit for something that will give you a different and enjoyable culinary experience. For the quality of food Two Cats also represents good value for money... I am sure we will be back.
Really like the Two Cats Kitchen. Tasting menu was well balanced, not too many courses but a good range of tastes. Wine flight complimented the meal well.
One of the best new restaurants in the UK this year. We're truly hoping the Michelin men hand out at least 1 star. When you visit this restaurant, and you have to, add to your experience by choosing the prepared beverages to go with each dish. Summary: We will be back!
Amazing fine dining experience. Great if you've never been to a 'posh' restaurant as the staff are welcoming and talk you through each dish. The wine blew me away. Each glass was cleverly thought out and matched the food impeccably. Highly recommend and we will be coming back with friends!
Really nice setting and excellent presentation. Tasty food with many quirky combinations! Lots of courses and lot of empty plates. Thank you Two Cats Kitchen.
Heard so may great things about 2 cats and thought I better check it out for myself, wasn't disappointed the food was amazing, service tentative, myself and my girlfriend went for the menu including the alcohol with each course again great choice, anyone thinking about going don't think just go
Unusual and beautifully presented food, all delicious. I'd recommend going for the drinks match too. We particularly liked the chilled beetroot soup, the Russian pasta in a wonderful onion broth with lovage oil, and the crab dish with ancient grains and sea lettuce, but it was all very tasty.
Amazing food - really unusual combinations but expertly put together and beautifully served. Good knowledge of each dish from the waiters. The wine accompaniment is also well worth it. A real 'foodie' experience. Be prepared to try things you may not have tried before. You won't be disappointed!
A really interesting culinary experience. I won't pretend that every dish was to my taste (I can't do raw steak, but that's my issue), but there were some incredible moments. The sorrel was a genius touch. We were also given a nice birthday drink for my other half on the house. Definitely recommended and will visit again.
We very much enjoyed the whole dining experience at the Two Cats Kitchen. Some great courses, with good friendly service in a beautiful environment. I would recommend it.
Fantastic food which challenged and entertained the taste buds. 6/7 courses were beautiful and would eat any day of the week. However, tables were too close together which meant that waiters lacked the personal touch a little bit because they didn't have the space to stand and interact with the customers.
Brilliant! Combinations of food that I didn't expect to work turned out to be amazing. The "wine" flight included beer and sake as well as red, white and dessert wine and complimented the food well. Definitely one of Birmingham's best restaurants. Go.
This restaurant was fantastic. The staff couldn't be any more helpful and attentive. If you don't like adventorous things this might not be for you. We tired things we wouldn't normally order that's the pleasure of a taster menu such as this.
Wonderful place, lovely service, food was great - although we thought some of the flavours weren't quite there yet.... But give it a year and if hope this place will be getting into stars territory! Excellent value for money at £44 per head! Thanks for a nice meal :)
every course was delicious and clearly prepared and presented with the greatest of care. Service felt very personal, with just the right level of attentiveness from floor staff. Highlights were the tubers and the pear. Can't wait to go back!
Absolutely amazing food, service and ambiance but as a person coming from Baltics I certainly wouldn't consider it a Baltic states and Western Russian cuisine - not this weeks' menu anyway. Otherwise absolutely fabulous; will be going back again :)
Unusual and interestingly tasty food and great service. I was expecting it to be more like Polish food I have had. Only one set menu available- the taster menu at £44 per person. I would not rush back at the price but it was an interesting experience.
Excellent food and the best presentation I've ever experience. A place you would like to keep as a secret so that it will always be possible to get a reservation. It is an epicurious delight which shouldn't be missed
Innovative food, perfectly presented with a interesting drinks flight, wanted to visit for a while and it exceeded my expectations. Even though it was quiet the play list added to the ambience of the venue. Will be going back.......
The food was wonderful. The venue and ambience was really special. The staff were very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The drinks taster menu is an absolute must alongside your meal. Great night, with great food....not to be missed
We had a wonderful evening with fantastic food that was very creatively arranged, and tasted fabulously. They accommodated special diet needs of one of us brilliantly. We like the design of the place, great atmosphere and super service!
Brilliant cooking, very innovative. I've read many reviews of Two Cats and none has mentioned that it's a good place if you're slimming. The food is light and helpings not excessive. Hope they get a Michelin star soon.
Fabulous experience, beautiful intimate surroundings. Highly professional, well informed staff serving wonderful food. We took the drinks pairing service and would highly recommend this to accompany the food which was tasty and unique. We will be visiting again!
A wonderful and unusual tasting menu perfectly executed to retain each individual flavour- worth the trip from Somerset ! The dining room itself is also full of character,redolent of the Victorian industry of this quarter of Brum.
Excellent food and wine, unusual ingredients and beautiful presentation. The staff were friendly, well informed and helpful. The menu is great value for money. All in all a fantastic evening out in a small and charming restaurant.
A very different but entirely pleasurable dining experience. The tasting menu was a feast of new flavours and textures, service was great and the whole deal was good value including a limited range of wines - also very different. Deserves to do very well.
This was a really fun dining experience- Such exciting and delicious food. The staff were very attentive too. The dining area was just the right size for good atmosphere- and is a fab space. Decor great.
A fantastic and unusual birthday experience. An opportunity to taste a range of new ingredients on an exciting menu. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Will certainly recommend and come back to try a new menu.
Fantastic meal - ingenious dishes, wonderful ingredients, meticulous preparation, friendly and informative service, and a low-key no fuss ambience, all adding up to an evening of pure pleasure and delight in the quirkiest of locations.
Really great experience of Eastern European food. Definitely recommend visiting this restaurant. The food was brilliant and we enjoyed trying things we hadn't before. We went for the drink match which worked really well.
What a fantastic restaurant! All the greatness of fine dining but with none of the pretentiousness. Recommend highly, and would go again. Go there before it becomes too popular and the prices go up!
A fantastic dining experience. Each of the 7 dishes were hand crafted and tasted exceptional. Staff were attentive and friendly. Quirky decor and a great atmosphere. Even the music playlist impressed .... Highly recommend