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!
Excellent meal again. The quality and presentation of the food is first class and the Christmas Lunch Menu is real value for money. Many thanks
Fantastic service & the food was exceptional. Our party were all in agreement that we must return to Jojolapa as soon as possible in the New Year
Excellent service, friendly staff and food! I asked for something that was not on the menu and they made it - delicious. They also brought out a special dessert for my colleague, who was leaving our team. Highly recommended.
Me and my girlfriend went for a meal after work, fantastic food - the momos were great. Service was good, will be back again soon.
We arrived at 6.30pm on a Friday night and were the only diners for at least an hour, when we left near 9pm there were several busy tables, but for such a large restaurant it seemed pretty empty especially for a pay day weekend. There were a few takeaways during that time, but we were surprised that it wasn't busier. The food was pretty good, we had poppadum's with the usual dips but it didn't come with the lime pickle so we had to ask for that. We had a little candle on our table and it would have been nice when we were seated for it to be lit but it wasn't so again, I asked for that. Our unused wine glasses were not taken from the table during the poppadum's or starter and only were removed when there wasn't enough room for the main. Overall, it think there lacked a bit of flair or experience with the waiting staff and this let it down a bit. The food was nice, nothing outstanding but nothing that disappointed. I would eat there again.
The restaurant was well set out with plenty of room. The service was very good and the food delicious. This will be in my top 10 places to go back to and I would highly recommend it. For those not knowing what to expect from a Nepalese restaurant, my description would be it is Indian food with some Chinese influence. the starter course was almost areal in itself and the main was plentiful. All the food was served hot and fresh. My only criticism is it was a little pricy but it is in the centre of town so probably justified. The on line menu needs an update as some of the set menus are no longer available.
As usual the food in this restaurant was first class. What wasn't usual was the wait to be served - after an initial delivery of drinks it then took a further 50 minutes for someone to attend to take orders for food and this was only after I had approached a waitress to see if someone would attend us. It was Saturday evening at 7.30 so you would expect some delay compared with other times - However - There were 2 large parties in the restaurant to be fair and we could not criticise the staff once they had dealt with us but to wait for over an hour for some food to be served was excessive. It was I believe due to a lack of adequate numbers of serving staff sure this can be corrected by management.
Not knowing what to expect from a Nepalise restaurant we were pleasantly surprised. The food is a mix of Indian and Chinese. The service was excellent with no pressure and the room was well set out clean and plenty of space between tables. When the food arrived it was extremely well presented our starters were almost a meal in themselves. The main courses and sides all arrived together we're hot and delicious. This is definitely a restaurant to recommend.JP
When we arrived our table of three was originally positioned between two big birthday groups so we asked to be reseated further away a request duly dealt with without fuss and we ended up with a much better and quieter table. The service was a little slow between courses and it was difficult to communicate with the staff but this could be excused on a busy Saturday night. That said the food was nice, we went for a set menu with three courses but could barely manage two, blame that on the popadums, way too delicious!
There's always a polite, professional warm welcome. The menu is extensive & therefore spoilt for choice. I tend to order my usual - Chicken Choyla for starters with Lamb Rogan Josh for mains. However, on this occasion the choice fell somewhat short of what I have experienced in the past - it was enjoyable, but not to the taste I'd come to expect. Close but not quite. Good night though, if somewhat disappointed.