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The Karczma

Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Birmingham, B5 5PH 0121 659 9688

(((() Polish
Average
Main course: £10
Food spend: £20
Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 - 23:00 Sunday: 11:00 - 21:00.

Beautiful place and very good food. We Will return to try more from their menu.

Matus Makara 22 April 2017
from Rugby

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A cosy country-style cottage in the heart of Birmingham, The Karczma offers Polish cuisine made to centuries-old recipes. A glowing review from much-feared critic Jay Rayner champions the Karczma as ‘so good’.

Serving a wholly traditional selection, The Karczma menu spans from stuffed dumplings, warming soups and sizzling grilled kebabs, to classic stews and fresh fish. Favourites at The Karczma in Birmingham include beer-roasted ham hock with fried potatoes and sauerkraut, or sticky spare ribs with crisp salad.A host of favourite eastern European recipes for dessert includes traditional Polish apple cake, pavlova, or chocolate truffon.

A straw-covered ceiling, hefty communal tables and countless animal hides fill the homely dining room at Karczma. Head to the lively bar for a host of chilled beers served in chunky glass tankards.

Boasting 2 dining rooms and a rustic bar lined with fur-topped stools, The Karczma restaurant is a 5-minute walk from Birmingham Moor Street Rail Station and the Bull Ring Shopping Centre.

The Karczma

Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Birmingham, B5 5PH

Contact +44 1214480017
Reservations 0121 659 9688
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Customer reviews for The Karczma

4.7 (((() (based on 184 reviews)
96% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • child friendly (47)
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  • ((((( 22 April 2017 by Matus Makara from Rugby

    Beautiful place and very good food. We Will return to try more from their menu.

  • ((((( 21 April 2017 by Anisha Chandar from Bristol

    Absolutely delicious food and generous portions. Authentic and enjoyable dishes. Really friendly staff.

  • ((((( 11 April 2017 by Renata Zahajka from Birmingham

    It was excellent, everything was top notch!

  • ((((( 9 April 2017 by Angela Taylor from Birmingham

    Absolutely fantastic! The whole experience was brilliant and the waiter was so knowledgable and friendly. Would definitely recommend this.

  • (((** 9 April 2017 by Ursula Jones from Birmingham

    Very authentic and ethnic in style but lacking a certain amount of customer service, presumably because they were shirt staffed?

  • ((((* 9 April 2017 by Miroslaw Nowak from Birmingham

    Waiting time is quite reasonable despite the front of house appearing a tad too busy.
    At dinner time it might also be good to have a dedicated person promptly attending to arriving guests at the entrance. Our waiter was very polite and made an extra effort to make our British friend feel welcome. Some more wine knowledge and serving skills could possibly be beneficial to the staff, but it's just a suggestion and not something crucial.

    The decor is very characterful and pleasant, although it could be slightly improved by replacing the photo wallpaper pieces, which are not extremely tasteful, with some more painted patterns to match the rest of the interior. The map with pins (I'm guessing these represent where the guests were from in Poland) definitely carries some sentimental value, but does not contribute aesthetically. I suppose, whether to remove it would be a difficult choice and a matter of personal opinion.

    The menu is very well thought out and manages to cover most of the classics in a concise manner. The only thing I really missed was Golabki.

    Unlike in most local restaurants the food tastes really fresh and home made. The dumplings were splendid and Zurek was equally excellent. Our friend says she really enjoyed her beet soup and beef roulade, too. One minor criticism would regard the potato cakes, which could be fried a little longer to achieve more crispness and a better colour. I would personally also use a higher ratio of potato to flour in order to get a lighter texture.

    Overall, The Karczma is a very nice place and I'd recommend it without any reservation to anybody who'd like to give Polish cuisine a go.

  • ((((( 9 April 2017 by Catarina Casteleiro from Birmingham

    Excellent food and excellent service.

  • ((((( 6 April 2017 by Angie Tam from Birmingham, United Kingdom

    It was our first time trying Polish cuisine and we absolutely love it. The interior design was amazing, as if transporting us to Poland. The food was great, we enjoyed everything, especially the dumplings.

  • ((((( 3 April 2017 by Ela Paluch from Tamworth

    Wszystko na wysokim poziomie,zarowno obsluga jak i przepyszne jedzenie i sposob podania.Na pewno bedziemy tu powracac.

  • ((((( 2 April 2017 by Ian Allcock from Crewe

    Found The Karczma on Trip Advisor, what a great choice. Our whole experience was wonderful. There was plenty of choice, the staff were friendly and very willing to offer advice. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed and most importantly the food was amazing. Definitely going back and will recommend this hidden gem to friends.

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