The Karczma

(368 Reviews)
Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Birmingham, W Midlands, B5 5PH

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Main course: £10
Food spend: £20

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 08:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 21:00.

Restaurant description

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.

Customer reviews for The Karczma
(based on 368 reviews)

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  • afternoon tea (28)
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  • breakfast (20)
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  • child friendly (89)
  • dinner (306)
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  • large parties (123)
  • lunch (152)
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  • private dining (119)
  • romantic (160)
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  • By Rachel H H from Birmingham
    3 October 2019

    I have eaten at the Karczma many times and every time has been fantastic. Wonderful food, atmosphere and service. I love this place!

  • By Iain B from Birmingham
    28 September 2019

    An excellent birthday lunch for a friend who was delighted with the occasion. A nice greeting, a nice quiet table, good service and explanation of the menu. The Ham Platter is much better than the description, very large, very tasty and comes with excellent bread. Main courses were delicious and well-cooked, portions were large so we didn't get to dessert. Both of us look forward to going again, but next time, we won't have breakfast.

  • By Ian K from London
    21 September 2019

    What a great hidden restaurant! Found it by chance whilst looking up restaurants close to the Adagio Aparthotel in Digbeth. Know Polish food reasonably well and the beautifully made dumplings on the menu (had the "mix" of three) are an absolute must and pretty filling as well. My larger course was the beef roulade (Rinderroulade in German) and indeed a German classic. The seasoning of the beef and its stuffing was spot on and so very, very tasty. Great food! Forget the location (back street on the way to Bordesley) and enjoy the great interior and great quality food. Definitely coming back!

  • By Altitude S from Birmingham
    24 August 2019

    Great food and service

  • By Surjit S from Birmingham
    23 August 2019

    A great cosy gem to eat at in the city serving great fresh food.

  • By Pawel K from Coventry
    17 August 2019

    Very nice restaurant, tasty dishes, good service ??

  • By Marlena E from Birmingham
    14 August 2019

    We had a birthday party booked recently with a great offer 3 courses for £20. The service was great. Food delicious. The restaurant is very nicely decorated and clean.

  • By Leanne H H from Birmingham
    1 August 2019

    Excellent service and warming atmosphere. The mixed dumplings were amazing!

  • By Anna W from Burton upon Trent
    27 July 2019

    Bardzo przytulnie urzadzone i przyjemne wnetrze, pyszne jedzenie i sympatyczna obsluga. Zdecydowanie polecam :)

  • By Deborah C from Birmingham
    16 July 2019

    Went here for our wedding anniversary. It was very quiet, being a Tuesday evening. The setting is lovely. A quirky 'cottage' interier, with wooden plank tables , benches and chairs, with sheepskin rungs draped over, and some very interesting niknaks on display. The tables were dressed with some very pretty crochet runners. The waitress was very friendly and helpful. Food was FAB! And VERY generous portions. Hubby was less keen on his, but that's down to personal taste, rather than the quality of the food, which was excellent. I can only eat small amounts so they kindly provided containers so that I could bring the rest home. I'm looking forward to that later. I had the beef stew in potato pancake. Wow - it was good!! Nothing like english potato pancakes - this was light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The stew was full, FULL of beef. Thick. and very tasty indeed. It was served with grated carrot and apple, pickled gerkins, and home made vinegrette slaw. The location is a little strange - being in a tattier part of the city, just behind Moor Street Station - but in the same building as the Polish Community Centre. There are lots of lovely dishes to choose from - next time I'd like to try the soup in a bread bowl. I have only two criticisms, really. 1. It is a little more expensive than our usual haunts, though well worth the extra. 2. We paid by card. We wanted to add a gratuity for the lovely waitress, but that isn't an option for card payments, and we didn't have any cash on us to give her. It would have been nice to have been able to add a little as a thank you for excellent service.

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The Karczma
Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Birmingham, W Midlands, B5 5PH