Birmingham’s first Nepalese restaurant, the award-winning JoJolapa Bar and Restaurant provides a unique culinary experience to hungry Brummies on the quest for unique and exciting cuisines. A dimly lit interior and dark wood furnishings make for a romantic atmosphere, making it perfect for a lovely evening out in Birmingham’s Ladywood. Situated in a gorgeous building on Newhall Street, not far from Birmingham Snow Hill Station, JoJolapa Bar and Restaurant is a legend in the area – a must-visit for any local foodie.
Home of the Himalayas, Nepal is bordered by the gargantuan nations of China and India, and because of its position, has received culinary influences from both countries. That’s not to say that Nepalese cuisine isn’t unique, but rather the opposite is true. A flavourful cuisine shaped by a mountainous landscape, Nepalese cuisine isn’t uniform, but enompasses a wide range of unique ingredients, preparation methods, and spices, depending on where the dishes originate within the country. At JoJolapa Bar and Restaurant in Birmingham’s Ladywood, diners are exposed to the very finest selection traditional specialties, which aim to showcase the rich culinary heritage that makes Nepalese cooking so very unique and flavourful.
Executive chef Ganesh Shrestha works hard behind the scenes to ensure that Birmingham’s JoJolapa Bar and Restaurant’s offerings are of the absolute highest standard. Mains such as the kashi ko mashu (Nepalese-style lamb curry with tomato, onion, fresh coriander, and spices) or the vegetarian favourite ramtoriya (okra sauteed with onions and spices) are the perfect options for newbies to the cuisine, and starters like steamed momo (Nepalese dumplings) are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. We highly recommend making a reservation for this upscale Nepalese restaurant on Birmingham’s Newhall Street, as spaces are limited!
Some reviewers dispute whether this is a truly Nepalese restaurant, but all I can say is that there were dishes and flavours on offer that I have not come across at "traditional" Indian restaurants. What is more, those dishes and flavours were excellently prepared and presented by the friendly staff - we loved the dumplings starter! Popadoms, two starters and mains, rice, coffee and a bottle of Prosecco for under £70 struck us as excellent value, and we will return... once they have moved to their new site in the Jewellery Quarter in September.
We've been several times and it's always been great food and fabulous service. There are really good vegetarian options and we can't wait to visit at the new location
Great restaurant. Perfect for a big group like ours (11 people). The service was really professional and the food was delicious and nicely done. We will definitely repeat.