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.
Second time at this restaurant and just as blown away as the first time . Just can't fault a single aspect , the food is incredible, the service is spot on and the venue is lovely . Perfect evening again
Inventive, incredible food. Every course was delicious, with great wine and friendly service. Get yourself a table before they close and experience this jewellery quarter gem.
Lovely old building with complementing rough luxe decor. Service was impeccable and the atmosphere was relaxing and friendly
Excellent service and great food . I will miss this resturant when it closes. They offer really different menus at a reasonable price that cannot be experienced anywhere else in Birmingham
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.
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.
Discretely located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, Two Cats Kitchen is a restaurant to go to for an excellent fine dining experience. One might not expect a gastronomic journey with the red brick setting of the dining room but looks can be deceiving. The tasting menu (7-course) was well presented and delicious - using a range of products from seafood (octopus) to different meats. Staff were attentive and friendly. Great service and food. Highly recommend dining here.
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.
It was really a good experience to visit Two Cats Kitchen. The room is really beautiful with a good atmosphere. Since there are only limited seats the place is nice and quiet and you can easily talk without having to shout. The food is really good - Baltic gourmet. Not all the dishes were equally good, but it's really fun to try something new. All in all a super experience. And the price is a bargain.
Two Cats Kitchen gave us, a party of 5, a wonderful evening. The food experience, in of itself, was amazing. I have not tried so many different combination of flavours and ingredients in one evening - & it was ALL GOOD! The staff was very friendly & we had a fabulous evening because the whole dining experience was quite unique.
Straight into my top 5 or so favourite meals & I can't wait to try again when the menu changes. It's also worth mentioning that my wife's gluten free requirement was no issue at all since none of the dishes needed adjustment and, with advance warning, delicious special bread was provided. I don't usually like taster menus as I prefer to choose for myself but all 7 dishes were terrific & matched each other so well. I loved the clever simplicity of the dishes - most seemed to have only 4 or 5 ingredients - especially celeriac ribbons with creamy parmesan sauce & octopus with sweet potato mash & olive puree.
This venue is tucked away, and features some lovely stained glass. The food was interesting, well cooked and well presented. I think there had been more of an Eastern European slant until recently, and I wonder if they should have kept that niche, as the menu is less intriguing than it was previously. The waitresses were pleasant, but should perhaps explain each course as it is presented. There were no amuse-bouches, which is unusual with this number of courses at this price level. The flight of wines was well-chosen to accompany the courses, and the servings were generous, but the waitresses description of the wines was generic, most wines described as "fruity". We had a pleasant evening overall and enjoyed our meal. Were we glad we went ? Yes. Would we go there again? Not sure; perhaps yes if they make a bit more of an effort.
A lovely relaxed atmosphere, we went on a Saturday evening and it had a brilliant chilled play list in the background. Both waitresses were friendly and knowledgeable about each dish. We had the 7 course tasting and it was fantastic! Each couse had the most perfect combination of flavours with beautiful presentation. You can tell it's all fresh ingredients. I would highly recommend going! Stand out dishes for us were the Beef tartar, octopus. It was brilliant yo finish on two fantastic deserts that were fresh and not at all stodgy. We left feeling lovely and full!
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.
Friendly restaurant with a nice relaxed atmosphere. The food was amazing, we had the 7 course winter taster with each plate combining some incredible ingredients and flavours, and all beautifully presented. The staff were attentive but gave us space to relax. The only slight problem I had was the toilets really didn't smell good which was a shame after eating such tasty food. Will definitely be visiting again though when the seasonal menu changes, and possibly during the day time to fully appreciate the aesthetic of the dishes. Thank you for a lovely evening!
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.
Two Cats Kitchen's tasting menu is first class, totally enjoyed every bite. It's a neighborhood gem, their recognition in the Michaelan guide is well deserved. Looking forward to going again. Wait Staff were lovely too. And we loved their play list. So nice to be able to talk to each other over diner, and not shout.
An personal experience to not be missed. A choice of 4 or 7 courses of a set taster-menu exploring the magic of Baltic cuisine. Seemingly exotic flavours that deeply move the soul, with attentive and knowledgable staff that explain the ingredient's history and origins of each course. The restaurant is set just off the main road in a well established area of the Jewellery Quarter, and as you walk in through the main door the calming rustic decor and relaxed atmosphere is waiting just for you.
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.
Nice welcome. The bar had a small but well-chosen drink selection. We had the restaurant to ourselves, and shared a bench together. We took the tasting menu with wine match. The food was excellent, bold and exciting with an interesting match of wines. Service was excellent: Caitlyn was very knowledgable about the food, introducing each dish and drink briefly and answering all our questions. Quirky but brilliant music selection throughout our meal, which would sum up our experience overall. Highly recommended.
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
Very unique, Baltic cuisine isn't too widely available but this take on it delivered seven courses of excellence - varying tastes, beautifully cooked and all among a lovely old building in the Jewellery Quarter. If we're being picky (as in things to take it to the level of an Adam's, say) then perhaps the offer of more of the excellent sourdough part way through, the introduction of an amuse bouche (something experimental from the chef, perhaps), further information in relation to the matched wines. Overall, highly recommended.
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
We finally visited 2 Cats Kitchen and were not disappointed. The food was the best we've had in a long time (we had the 4 course lunch tasting menu) and the venue itself is a lovely setting. It's such a shame this restaurant is closing but we will be keeping an eye out for Niki Astley's food wherever he ends up next. Good luck for the future!
I wasn't sure what 'new baltic' cuisine was before eating at Two Cats. What it is is absolutely delicious! The crab was the standout dish in an already standout menu, and the wine flight offered a perfect accompaniment to each dish. Excellent, imaginative and interesting food, all served with enormous attention to detail by knowledgeable staff, in a wonderful atmosphere. We shall be going back.
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!
Restaurant is up a small alley in the Jewellery Quarter. Small restaurant with charm. Taster menu was delightful: from homemade Sourdough bread & smoked butter, lamb dish, to a strawberry pre-desert, and chocolate mousse desert. All at a very reasonable price. They were very accommodating to my fussy eating, you just need to let them know 24 hours in advance. Will go again.
Overall it was a great experience. All dishes were neatly presented, they all had a good balance of textures, flavours and colours. The waitress kindly explained every dish and answered questions. One of them even went for an ipad to show what vegetable was the meal made of. The place was an old decorated with industrial style. I took my husband as a surprise to celebrate our anniversary, it was special, we both loved it.
Two Cats Kitchen is a hidden treasure. The food is surprising and outstanding, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The decor is stripped back at this small but cosy restaurant.
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.
Little gem of a place and one of the best restaurants in Birmingham now. Every ingredient in every dish is delicious and most of the combinations have the potential to surprise or at least entertain you. This is my second visit, it's taken me 18 months to get back around to it and it was worth the wait!
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.
What an amazing place. The food was fantastic and so tasty. Different to anything we have had before, and very fresh & healthy. The wine flight was perfectly matched (including the shot of vodka with chicory starter). Lovely atmosphere - friendly, informal and a gorgeous building. What a hidden gem. We will definitely be going 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.
Interesting menu and venue, definitely give it a try. Wine pairing disappointing, didn't feel it complemented the food very well. Cold draft in the restaurant meant people were putting there coats on during the meal, may have been a door / window open somewhere as the temp was 20 deg according to the thermostat on the wall. Staff were welcoming, friendly and efficient.
was a very interesting meal and allowed me to sample foods I've not eaten before - can't say I would have octopus again but it wasnt unpleasant - it was actually very filling and meaty. The celeriac "pasta" was fantastic. Service was great and staff very friendly - we'll be back to be get our tastebuds educated further when the menu changes
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!
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
Had to visit as the plan to close in September tempted me to go and see what the food was like. Well, it was different - not all 7 coursers on the Taster menu were to my liking, but overall - very creative dishes that do seduce the tastebuds ... Talented chef indeed - best wishes for the future :)
Place was very cosy. Food - exceptionally delicious. Highly recommending. P.S. Usefull tip - if you are going as a couple, lady should sit on the chair and gentleman on the bench, because bench is lower. Depending on your height, that positions your eyes at more of the same level.
The food and atmosphere at Two Cats Kitchen is fabulous. A small but beautiful place with knowledgeable staff. They catered for my gluten intolerance amazingly.
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!
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!