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Hengata, Birmingham, England

Hengata

4.4
4.4
70 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Skilfully executed seasonal brunch & dinner menu, big tunes, coffee, cocktails, natural wine, good beer, good times! Located in Harborne, a stone's throw away from the City of Birmingham, you can visit us for coffee, brunch, and evening dinner.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 09:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    0121 716 9647

  • Payment Options

    Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Dilanka Fernando

  • Private party facilities

    Private Hire | Cook & Dine | Corporate EventsOur Grade 2 listed building has hosted 200 plus events for clients ranging from the largest organisations to local SMEs, & private parties.The open kitchen, vaulted ceilings & scandi inspired interiors provide a stunning backdrop, & we'd be delighted to work with you to design & host your next event

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Cross Street

    Find us in the school yard.

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 70 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    Brunch

  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    Fit for Foodies

  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    Healthy

  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Birmingham/West Midlands

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Birmingham

    Brunch

  • Birmingham

    Fit for Foodies

  • Birmingham

    Healthy

  • Birmingham

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Birmingham

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top service, top food
  2. LH

    LindaH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal last night, as always, my favourite restaurant by far. Enjoyed the heritage tomato starter with walnut pesto, followed by the pork belly with braised pork croquettes with sweet potato coriander and green chilli puree. Yum! See you tomorrow at the carnival for more scrumptious food.

    HengataResponded 7 days agoHi Linda, We love our regular's! Thank you for the continued support. Ps Bring your dancing shoes for the Carnival.

  3. C

    Craig

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We enjoyed our visit. The food was good, not especially big portions, but that's ok. Service was relaxed and friendly. We only had the brunch menu. It's early days for this restaurant in Harborne, tucked away in the old clock tower development, so not sure how many people know about it yet. It felt like it was positioning itself a bit below the Harborne Kitchen and Tropea, but above the more well known chains in Harborne. In which case, it might just have found itself a niche as an independent in the area. It would be good to try the dinner menu to get a rrqal feel for whjat they can produce.
  4. N

    Natalie

    Manchester

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food. Short staffed but decent quality food and some unusual brunch dishes.
  5. SB

    SebastianB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A very pleasant first visit, good food, the staff relaxed, didn’t hurry us.
  6. LH

    LauraH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner - in my view Hengata has really raised its game since opening. The food was sublime - European cooking with an Asian twist - and the service was sincere and attentive. Will definitely be returning soon.

    HengataResponded on 22 June 2022Hi Laura, We really appreciate the kind words, & 5-star review! It's always challenging launching an independent restaurant (especially in this climate) and you'd be right to say we've 'raised our game' since opening. We look forward to having you back. Thanks again, Team Hengata

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I tried this restaurant as it was highly recommended, and we were impressed! The welcome, service and all the way through was brilliant. We enjoyed a 3 course meal paired with a beautiful crisp french white wine and we now highly recommend.
  8. TL

    TaraL

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fairly new addition to Harborne what a lovely addition it is great dining experience lovely knowledgeable staff with an excellent drinks menu to suit all tastes would highly recommend and will definitely be back with a season changing menu every experience will be different

    HengataResponded on 13 June 2022Hi Tara, Thank you! Our next dinner menu will go live in July, we're also working on a complete overhaul for brunch...watch this space! Appreciate the 5 stars, catch you soon, and thanks again.

  9. G

    Grace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend we had a lovely brunch and will return!
  10. KY

    KathrynY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, fresh food and the pear martini is the best cocktail in Harborne! Only improvement could be the labelling of menus with (v) or (vg) as it’s initially slightly off putting to see a menu online without an dietary options labelled. Had to check with the restaurant in advance because of this.
  11. F

    Fiona

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and attentive service, didn't feel rushed at all

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hi Fiona, Thank you for the 5 stars and taking the time to review us, much appreciated!

  12. SG

    SammyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and cocktails. Service was brilliant and the atmosphere was just perfect. Hengata is a gem of place, its unique.... looking forward to our next visit

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hi Sammy G, What a cracking review, thank you! We looking forward to serving up 'perfection' again for you on your next visit! ha ha. Much Love, Team Hengata

  13. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, relaxed atmosphere, would happily go again
  14. J

    Joandmums

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been a few times now. This is first time with the Spring menu. Beautiful food is a relaxed atmosphere

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022We love our regular customers, thanks for returning and taking the time to review us! Until next time. Cheers

  15. RH

    RebeccaH

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Nice environment and music. Really good food with a Spanish twist. Portion sizes were good. Flavours and presentation were excellent. The trout starter looked and tasted beautiful. The ox cheek was delicious but the rice that came with it was a bit stodgy. The sticky date/toffee pudding had a nice flavour but again was a little stodgy. The house red and the beer selection was excellent. All in all a great addition to Harborne’s food scene!

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hiya Rebecca. Thanks for visiting us, and for the great review, we always appreciate and take on board constructive feedback too, so this is duly noted! We hope to see you again. Team Hengata

  16. R

    Ruthie

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent venue for a relaxed meal. Lighting and ambience was just right. Food great, good quality, well cooked and presented. King scallops unfortunately were not ‘king’ and in fact were very small, only 3 to a portion! Not worth the price. Staff friendly. Disappointingly the white wine was warm. Apart from m8nor points the whole experience was memorable.

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hi Ruthie. Appreciate the honest feedback, and glad the minor points didn't impact on your overall experience. Thanks for calling out the interior too...we work hard on ambience as well as our food and drink. We hope to see you again.

  17. LA

    LauraA

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely experience at Hengata last night. Wine list was small but good and very drinkable and food was lovely. We tried the King scallops which were delicious, along with the garlic chicken, pork belly, green beans, asparagus leeks and pancetta, and polenta fries. All were really lovely and went down well. Chocolate fondant for dessert was perfect. Staff were really friendly and helpful and we will definitely return

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hi Laura, Wow, 5 stars across the board, thank you, thank you, thank you! We look forward to seeing you again, maybe for brunch next time...wink wink. Much love, team Hengata.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The room was cold, the beef cheek also was a bit cold. Lovely food, a tad expensive
  19. SW

    ScottW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Hengata. It will certainly not be my last! From the space, to the atmosphere, to the service, to the food. They are creating something very special here. It's hard to believe they're not even 6 months into being open! I cannot wait to return and try the brunch menu. Until next time ✌🏻

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hiya Scott, Kind words which are very gratefully received. We remember you well in fact, a fellow hip hop nerd! Until next time x

  20. LH

    LindaH

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three of us enjoyed brunch at Hengata yesterday. It was superb and after looking at the dinner menu now available we are eager to try this too. Loved it. Nowhere else like it in the area.

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hi Linda, Thanks for taking the time to review us, '5-stars' are what keep us going! Hope to see you back soon for dinner. Much Love. Team Hengata x

  21. A

    Adele

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, really have nothing negative to say at all! Thanks for a lovely evening. Considering the quality of the food I’m surprised it was such good value. Highly Recommend.

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Hi Adele, This is music to our ears! Thanks for dining with us and for acknowledging the quality of food, we work with local suppliers and hand select only the best ingredients. We look forward to hosting you again. Peace x x

  22. n

    niamhm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really nice independent restaurant with a tasty and varied new menu and really nice aesthetic inside. A great addition to the high-street!

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Ah, thanks! We hope to be serving the lovely folks of Harborne for years to come.

  23. OA

    OAPL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The kitchen abs staff were very accommodating. Lovely environment for a special meal!

    HengataResponded on 24 May 2022Appreciate the kind words!

  24. K

    Ksarah

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great service and well presented food. An interesting new menu. A sharing starter plate option would have been a bonus. A little draughty sitting at the table nearest to the front door. The right hand toilet lock didn’t work - embarrassing! Where are all the female staff?
  25. CB

    ChrisB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a good brunch at Hengatta, we were the only table there, so the atmosphere was mute. The food is cooked to order, which is great, however be prepared for the wait. The food was cooked well and tasted delicious, however I think slightly overpriced (maybe due to the atmosphere).
  26. RH

    RebeccaH

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely setting and excellent quality food which was nicely arranged. I like the music and will definitely be back!
  27. KC

    KirstyC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beautiful, cocktails too. It brings something very different to Harborne High St.
  28. B

    Brummie

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    When we arrived for our meal at 7pm on a Friday the restaurant was quiet but it filled up as the evening went in. It’s in a nice old school building with very high ceilings. The kitchen is open and also hosts the food school. You can smell the cooking a bit. Unfortunately, two out of four people in our group ordered the only vegan dish and the waitress came back to let us know that no portions were left. So they had to order the only vegetarian dish on the menu instead which was disappointing. One of us ordered the veal dish which was very tasty but without a sauce it was too dry. Only one of us was very happy with their main course, the sea bream. Had coffee and dessert which were fine.
  29. AB

    AnnieB

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Only 2 of the 3 dishes came out and then we had to wait a further 10 minutes for the final dish. The waitress did handle this very well and discounted the bill and gave me free coffee next time I visit. Liked the dishes as they were different but they could have been warmer and the toast was definitely a little too toasted!
  30. DB

    DoctorBob

    Birmingham

    75 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food ok but wait times very long = got our mains 1.5 hours after being seated. Terrible payment system, they won't accept cash and blamed it on Covid while not sanitising or having single use menus. Owner not present on a busy Friday night which may account for the food not being ad good as on a previous visit.

    HengataResponded on 19 March 2022We're delighted you chose to return, we value our regular customer's, however the less than flattering review is beyond disappointing. Our GM assures us that food, drink, and service were enjoyed, that is up until it came to settling the bill. A cashless payment system (in 2022) can hardly be described as 'terrible', it's hygienic, & safer than keeping cash on the premises. BTW we DO sanitise surfaces. Finally, verbally assaulting our young staff is not ok.

  31. J

    Joandmums

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great freshly cooked food. Quite high end, but within a relaxed atmosphere
  32. D

    Dave

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Superb food Helpfully not at all busy Staff friendly and helpful, minus one star for refusing cash
  33. DE

    DaisyE

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a little special occasion for me and my fiancé, we’re planning our wedding so wanted to find a great place for brunch and be a bit romantic and oh boy, did we find the right place! The food was beautiful - tasted amazing and the presentation was astounding. We’ve never done fine dining before and it looked like that but the staff were friendly and approachable, the ambience was welcoming, and with the open kitchen it felt like a more relaxed space for it, way more our cup of tea! Their pastries are made fresh (you can tell) and their menu while small is packed with delicious sounding items, and they can make accommodations for allergies/difficult foods which was great for my fiancé and his aversion to eggs. We had an incredible time, we’ll definitely be back to see what their seasonal menu has for us!

    HengataResponded on 22 March 2022Hi Daisy. GREAT to hear! Best of luck with the wedding planning, and many congratulations from all of us at Hengata x x

  34. JG

    JGRI

    London

    104 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Hengata is a lovely space and has the potential to be great, but somehow it doesn’t quite hit the mark. First off, our white wine wasn’t chilled and we hds to ask for it to be put in the freezer. Bad enough, but this also happened last time. Starters were fine, apart from being served on less-than-fresh bread. We all had the same main course - pollock with mussels. The pollock was nicely cooked, though any crispiness on the skin was softened by the sauces put on it. The mussels were cold and dry. Chocolate fondant desserts were good. There are masses of staff, yet we didn’t feel looked after. Staff weren’t looking around to see what was happening so it was left to us to ask for service. I do hope that Hengata shapes up, as it could be a great asset to the area.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bday do. Top experience all round.
  36. LS

    LizS

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Limited menu but the food was tasty and well-presented.
  37. K

    Kottu

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    It was a nice ambience, nice building, food was good although the sticky toffee pudding was a bit disappointing . The service was poor
  38. A

    Annie

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was great and the team was lovely, providing attentive and friendly service. You could really feel the quality of the ingredients in the food. The music was great and the interiors were wonderful. I liked the cushions on the bench seats and loved the shelf with homewares for sale. Over all a great experience - I’m looking forward to trying the dinner too.
  39. JK

    JonathanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and cocktails. Our fish was cooked perfectly and the service was brilliant.
  40. f

    festivalfairy

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent venue great chilled vibes lovely staff and service and food was great. Creative but tasty and well presented

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Hengata is rated 4.4 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Hengata

The School Yard, 106 High St Birmingham, England B17 9NJ

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Find us in the school yard.

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 09:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Dilanka Fernando

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    0121 716 9647

  • Private party facilities

    Private Hire | Cook & Dine | Corporate EventsOur Grade 2 listed building has hosted 200 plus events for clients ranging from the largest organisations to local SMEs, & private parties.The open kitchen, vaulted ceilings & scandi inspired interiors provide a stunning backdrop, & we'd be delighted to work with you to design & host your next event

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