A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to review Jojolapa, a family -run Nepalese restaurant on Newhall Street, in Birmingham City Centre. Stuart and I had never been to a Nepalese restaurant before and we were really excited about going.
We arrived at about 7pm on a Wednesday evening and we were warmly greeted by the staff. We were shown to our table and given the menu to look at. The menu had some of the normal Indian fare it, however most of the menu contained Nepalese specialities that we had never seen or heard of before. While we made our choice, some warm poppadoms and a selection of dips were brought to the table.
For our starters, I had Chicken Choyla, chargrilled chicken pieces in Himalayan herbs, olive oil and fenugreek seeds and served with salad. Stuart had Steamed Momo which is a chicken dumpling, served with a Nepalese tomato sauce. We both loved the starters. My chicken was well seasoned and beautifully cooked, however slightly on the hot side. The dumplings were some of the best we had ever tasted and the tomato sauce complimented them fantastically.
For our mains, I had Hassu Ko Massu, a duck breast tikka simmered in its own juices with chillies, coriander and a splash of red wine. Stuart had Lamb Rogan Josh. These were served with boiled rice, Naan bread and a Nepalese spicy salad. My duck main was amazing. It was like a traditional balti but it had an extra edge to it. It was rich, full of flavour and tasted more like a slow cook stew, with spices than a balti. I have never had anything like it before. Stuart loved the Rogan Josh too. The lamb was tender and well cooked. The spicing was perfect. The salad was lovely and lived up to its name, it was very spicy but yet again, something I have never seen before.
Overall, we had an excellent time at Jojolapa and we cannot wait to go back there. The food is amazing and not something you see everyday and the staff are lovely and well informed. We left with very full bellies and a massive smile on both of our faces. Thanks to all the team for a wonderful meal
Note to readers: Stuart and I dined as guests of Jojolapa. Many thanks to Nathan for setting this up