As a busy mum with two young children, going shopping in the big city (Birmingham) can sometimes be a daunting prospect. Will they behave? Will Daniel decide to run off into the crowds and possibly never be seen again? Can we walk through the Bullring without Thomas declaring he is bored after five minutes? Can I find somewhere other than the usual places that we can eat without the boys complaining too much? Well, Rola Wala has now joined the list of places that I have in Birmingham which I can take the boys too and they will eat quite happily.
Rola Wala (meaning, ‘The Man that Rolls’ in Hindi) is the idea of Aussie Mark Wright who after travelling around India decided to bring the Indian street food vibe to our shores in 2012. He started off in London street food markets but in 2014, opened his first restaurant in Leeds and now has four locations with London, Oxford, and Birmingham which opened in February. Rola Wala is located on the ground floor of Selfridges in the Bullring, right in the heart of the city. The ground floor of Selfridges is always busy and full of shoppers so I think this place fits the vibe of grabbing a quick bite to eat and then carry on shopping, along with the other outlets located there. The menu is short and snappy with naan rolls or rice bowls offered with one dessert option, a short wine list and a collection of craft beers. One of the more unusual drinks on the menu is their Mango Soda with Turmeric and Lime. It has been created especially for Rola Wala and is very refreshing and is ideal for cooling any chilli heat from their dishes.
Thomas and Daniel had the kids Grilled Chicken and Baby Fries for their main. The chicken is very mildly spiced which is something that they do not have very often. There were a few initial moans with declarations of ‘I am only eating the chips’ (Thomas) but after a few minutes, they were both tucked into it and said they enjoyed it when they finished it.
For his main, Stuart had the Rola’s Chicken Tikka Naan Roll which Stuart said was delicious and would be ideal for a quick takeaway work lunch. For my main, I had the Chargrilled Paneer Rice Bowl with two sides of Kashmiri Cauliflower Popcorn and Sourdough Naan topped with Bombay Chutney. All the vegetables in the rice bowl were fresh and crunchy and the red rice worked really well with the paneer. I was slightly disappointed by the naan side as I would have preferred to dip the naan into the chutney as opposed to having it spread on top. My attempts at telling the boys it was ‘green butter’ did not go down too well either and they refused to try it. I absolutely loved the cauliflower popcorn though and would like to eat a massive bucket of it! We were told by the manager when we arrived that the naan rolls and rice bowls were designed to be just enough to fill you up and we did agree with him. I suggest only ordering sides if you are really hungry or do what we did and order one set of sides between two.
Rola Wala only has one dessert option and that is a Chai Caramel Cheesecake Sandwich. I will be honest here and say that it is not much too look at but it is very tasty. It is sweet and gooey and the chai/caramel combination is heaven! I only wish they served it in a bigger portion! We really enjoyed our meal at Rola Wala and hope we can return there on our next shopping trip into Birmingham especially as it gives Thomas and Daniel a small taste of spicier food.
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We dined as guests of Rola Wala. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review