One of the greatest pleasures of travelling has to be the eating. Nepal is a country I’m yet to have the pleasure to visit but it’s high on my holiday wish list. However, having just finished university (and already booking trips to Greece, Singapore and Malaysia…oops) for now Nepal will have to wait.
Luckily, however I’m a mere hop, skip and tiny train wine away from the cultural melting pot that is Birmingham and it’s wealth of delicious foodie opportunities.
And so the dinner debate began. Phil wanted spice, but I fancied something a bit different to the usual (and much loved) Indian restaurants we regularly visit together. The taste fusion between Indian and Chinese cuisine that Nepalese food offers was the ultimate solution.
The décor is chic, with high ceilings and elegant lighting. We were lucky enough to be seated at one of the booth style tables usually reserved for larger parties, which provides the perfect mixture of privacy and a good view of the bar.
The restaurant boasts a large menu that perfectly reflects the mouth watering amalgamation of Indian and Chinese fare Nepal offers. It makes for an interesting read with everything from Momo- a chicken dim sum broth to Punjab speciality, Tandoori Chicken.
An eclectic feast of seafood, chicken, lamb and vegetarian main dishes sprawl over 3 whole pages of the menu. It provides tasty extras, a good mixture of heat levels and their award winning Chicken Rogan Josh.
Phil achieved his spice-pirations and ordered the Tandoori chicken starter and a Jalfrezi filled with juicy chicken, peppers and Nepalese seasonings. I eventually settled on a Chatamari starter- a tasty Nepali rice pancake stuffed full of minced chicken with just the right amount of kick. This was proceeded by a King Prawn Makhani in a rich, creamy sauce with a Roti (bring on the carbs!) on the side.
JoJolapa offers attentive service and tantalising Nepalese cuisine in a sophisticated setting. Excitingly, they even offer half day cooking classes with expert chefs allowing you to take a bit of Nepal home. Booking essential!
Visit: 59 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3RB