Initially opened in 2016, Harborne Kitchen is fine dining restaurant in Birmingham serving modern British cuisine, while drawing inspiration from a variety of traditions, culinary practices and food producers. It’s headed up by chef-owner Jamie Desogus who trained at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred Petrus, and wanted to open a relaxed but high-quality restaurant for people to just ‘come in for a snack or a drink in the bar, a main meal or the tasting menu in the restaurant.”
The restaurant boasts an open kitchen so that diners can get a peek of the action while they dine, especially if they’ve bagged a stool seat at the wooden counter. Elsewhere, the interiors are rustic and cosy thanks to navy blues and warm wooden surfaces throughout. Comfortable sofas and tables with stools provide a place for customers to pop in for a drink and some nibbles, while tables and chairs in the main dining room are where one of its tasting menus can be enjoyed.
Harborne Kitchen only serves tasting menus, of which there are three options. A lighter lunch menu is available throughout the week, as well the ‘chosen menu’ which is an abbreviated version of the full tasting menu, on offer Tuesday to Thursday evenings and Friday and Saturday afternoons. For the full works, the complete tasting menu includes around nine to 10 courses with vegetarian and pescatarian menus also available.
Examples of dishes you might find include Cornish brill with sea beet, ginger and soy, Cumbrian lamb with purple sprouting broccoli and wild garlic, and prawn head and kohlrabi tartare. Sweet dishes could feature the likes of mandarin and bay leaf with toasted almond, or strawberries with meringue and tarragon.
A wine list curated by wine director Jacob Dolman highlights lesser-known regions and grape varieties as well as premium wines from exceptional producers. The wine list is structured to begin with lighter styles, and works towards more aromatic and full-bodied bottles. The drinks list also includes cocktails, beer and cider, spirits, whiskeys and soft drinks.