Before being invited to Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath, I have to admit I had never heard of the place. A little cafe off a side street in this suburb of Birmingham, I didn’t know what to expect – sometimes word doesn’t spread about an establishment for a good reason! However, I paid a visit on a sunny Sunday lunch-time and I am pleased to say I was completely won over. Read on to hear more about my experience at this adorable little eatery.
The cafe is called ‘Kitchen Garden’ for a reason – to reach the dining area you have to go through an alley of plants and a further plant-shop section before coming to the courtyard and the cafe itself. This gives the place a really charming feel, and certainly makes you feel as though you’ve stumbled across a hidden gem. The staff greeted us and showed us to our table, where we browsed the Sunday menu before ordering at the counter.
Jack went for the vegetarian Sunday dinner – a nut roast served with veg, cauliflower cheese, a yorkshire and gravy. As veggies we’ve both had our fair share of crappy nut-roasts – however this was a real exception; moist, flavoursome and clearly homemade. Everything else on the plate was delicious and went down extremely well with Jack. It’s not often we encounter a brilliant veggie roast – but we’ll certainly be returning to Kitchen Garden for one of the best we’ve had in a while (I say we, because of course I got in on it).
I wasn’t feeling quite so ready for a big meal at noon, so I ordered the vegan all-day breakfast. As I take my diet further towards a plant-based one, I was really pleased to see that this was on offer. Was it the best vegan breakfast I can imagine? No. But it was still enjoyable and I would order it again for a lighter ‘English’ breakfast option. I hope they might soon be a little more creative with the components, as an addition of scrambled tofu or some sauteed spinach would have really lifted it.
Overall, we had a really lovely experience at the Kitchen Garden Cafe. The place offers all you could want from a charming little independent cafe – live music, pop-up restaurants, friendly staff and good food. Though this place has a slightly ‘hippy’ feel, they do serve meat and the proper sunday roasts looked pretty spectacular, so there is certainly something for everyone. Thanks to everyone at Kitchen Garden Cafe for having us – I’m so glad I now know about this place and will definitely be back!