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5.2 /6 Excellent 102 Reviews

Jojolapa Nepalese Bar & Kitchen

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About Jojolapa Nepalese Bar & Kitchen

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Jojolapa Nepalese Bar & Kitchen, 55-59 Newhall Street, B3 3RB Birmingham

Further Information

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!

CHEF'S CHOICE

102 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 102 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Service: friendly
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Hannah B.
1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 21:00

Staff were really friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. I especially recommend the lamb Rogan Josh. We hope to visit this restaurant again soon.

Grahame B.
1 review so far 6
31.07.2017 01:51

Initial greet by a very friendly member of staff, all staff were excellent. The food was superb, we had a shared starter for 2 which was plentiful. The main course was delicious too. Would definitely recommend. If in Birmingham again would not hesitate to return.

Steven W.
11 reviews so far 6
10.07.2017 23:25

The restaurant is well lit & presented, providing a pleasant ambience. The Staff were professionally attentive & cordial - leaving us to enjoy an excellent presentation of their Chicken Choyla starter with Lamb Rogan Josh to follow. An excellant meal. We'll look forward to further visits

Keith O.
1 review so far 6
07.07.2017 19:06

Fab food - had to try a Nepalese dish - with chicken and radish - lovely and fragrant. Will definitely be returning. Staff friendly and attentive too

Jonathon P.
2 reviews so far 5
29.05.2016 23:39

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.

Jonathon P.
2 reviews so far 6
26.05.2016 16:53

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

Ian H.
1 review so far 6
22.01.2017 23:51

An excellent meal - Service is prompt, and unobtrusive, drinks not too expensive but the star of the show was the food - The menu is not overly complicated, but we ended up ordering their set meal - We can honestly say that the tastes were exceptional - Well worth calling in when you are in Birmingham city centre!

Mark B.
2 reviews so far 6
10.03.2016 18:59

Quite busy for a Wednesday evening so good atmosphere. Service was attentive and well paced although our starters were a little slow to arrive. Food was great, spices were well balanced and all the flavours came through. Chicken and lamb dishes both very tender. Vegetarian dishes were excellent. Will certainly keep this restaurant on our go to list.

Pat W.
2 reviews so far 6
07.07.2016 23:44

This is the third time I have been to this restaurant and each time it has been better. The food, service, cleanliness is excellent, and I can not fault it. I was accompanied by several girlfriends who were all just as impressed and 2 have already booked to return with partners. Excellent and would recommend to all.

Patrick O.
1 review so far 6
16.01.2016 19:06

The service was great, friendly staff. Not pushy, didn't hover around table, didn't rush you. The restaurant it's self was clean, nicely decorated. To top it all the food was fabulous, after many years of eating curry dishes I've got to say it was the best I've tasted ! 😀

Steven W.
11 reviews so far 6
26.12.2016 23:48

We have visited Jojolapa before - hence the return visit. Friendly welcome, nice table position with quick attention. The food is always well presented, tasty & very satisfying. Would recommend the Chicken Choyla as a starter & the signature Rogan Josh dish - excellent. Look forward to our next visit.

Bobby D.
1 review so far 5
23.01.2016 23:39

Restaurant was nice and well laid out. The food was excellent, particularly the prawns and good value for money. One complaint was that our waiter, who was very polite, only checked on us once immediately after the food was served and thus didn't check we that we needed more drinks when we did.

Susan W.
1 review so far 5
01.08.2016 18:35

Great value lunch for £6.99. Made a pre-order for a large group and all the food came out very quickly upon our arrival and was all accurate. This is definitely a better lunch experience for a work team lunch than we have had at other places in the Colmore area. Will be returning.

Donna O.
1 review so far 5
10.07.2015 18:06

Starters and mains were very tasty. Service was good too and staff are extremely helpful. Only downside is the sides. 2 Poppadam's for £3? We had a set menu and asked to change the Naan for Roti and got one cut in half for two. At £24.50 each I was quite surprised!

Alex M.
3 reviews so far 5
28.03.2017 21:28

Good service, decent price and nice atmosphere. Only thing I would say is that the menu is very similar to an Indian restaurant and didn't feel particularly "Nepalese", so worth asking for an authentic dish to be recommended to you rather than choosing yourself if you would like something more authentic.

Gwen H.
1 review so far 6
30.12.2016 18:48

Service excellent. Food super. Tandoori mixed grill starter for 2 was the best we have ever had, the fish on it was great and the rogan josh was the tops. The others with us had different things which were just as good.

Graham H.
1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 22:04

Very good food and service. No complaints whatsoever. My friends and I had been several times before and certainly hope to revisit in 2017. I only say 'hope' because, at my age (it was my 69th birthday) - well, you never know....

Bryan M.
1 review so far 5
15.10.2015 18:48

Great new lunchtime tapas style menu, full of interesting Nepalese food - reminscent of Indian style food, but with a subtle twist. Our choices were mainly spicy but not overpoweringly so, letting you taste all of the different flavours. Plenty of veggie options as well as choice for meat eaters.

Lynda S.
1 review so far 6
24.02.2016 20:49

Great restaurant with good friendly service. Fantastic food, well presented. Best popadoms I've ever eaten. Traditional momos - a Nepali speciality. Great Nepali lamb curry. Served with daal bhat and salad. Pistachio kulfi was the perfect end to a wonderful meal.

Minh L.
1 review so far 6
13.12.2016 21:48

I really like the restaurant, good food, reasonable price. The restaurant looks really cosy and good vibe. The service is nice, good location, easy to get too. After dining here, you can go out to explore night life in Birmingham.

steff s.
1 review so far 6
12.09.2015 16:39

I went with 7 of my work colleagues and we ordered from the lunch menu. Very friendly staff. The food was excellently presented. Great value for money too. Overall a very nice experience. Would definitely recommend to others.

avril B.
1 review so far 6
22.02.2016 04:04

Beer was brilliant, service good and curry was very tasty. The atmosphere was great and we were made to feel welcome on a busy Friday night. Nepalese cuisine is my favourite and this lived up to expectations. Excellent

Pat W.
2 reviews so far 5
20.02.2017 21:27

Excellent, we have been to this restaurant several times and cannot fault it, the food is excellent, service is good, environment is clean, tidy and comfortable, we have recommended it to several family and friends, all of whom have found it to be the same.

Amrit M.
4 reviews so far 4
17.03.2017 09:00

I've been to Jojolapa so many times over the last few years and the food has been amazing apart from the last two times. It is still nice and the steamed momos are to die for but something has changed in the flavour and it's not so amazing anymore. I would still go again.

Simon I.
1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 18:36

It was really nice, was initially told there were no momos (a Nepalese dumpling like a Dim Sum), a trip back to the kitchen and it was all sorted…. and we were all very happy.

Andre P.
1 review so far 3
06.04.2016 17:15

Enjoyed my evening there food was average compared to other Nepalese restaurants I've visited menu was also more Indian than Nepalese bottled beer could do with being chilled more as it was warm my biggest gripe was as I couldn't find the toilets took a wrong turn through a fire exit to walk in to a mound af rubbish bags piled high containing waste yards from where I was eating

Tony D.
1 review so far 4
19.07.2015 17:10

Ambience good, staff keen to do everything they can to give a good experience. Downsides : over priced, service charge is added and then they also ask for a tip if you are using a card machine. If they had not done this I would have given a tip, but not twice.

Kate S.
2 reviews so far 4
30.04.2017 19:59

It was a great quiet Saturday night meal, perfect for what we wanted. Not noisy, and we didn't need to dress up. While it was possibly our error in menu choices all the gravies were very similar. But everything tastes good, so we are not complaining. The fish starter was brilliant.

Ishan B.
4 reviews so far 4
21.03.2016 01:00

Disappointed that the Street food menu was not available as it has been discontinued- website still advertises it. Food was nice, portions satisfactory but service could be better as 1st waitress struggled with English and was in need of training. May go back when the street food menu is re-instated

Hannah R.
1 review so far 4
17.12.2015 20:04

Fantastic food, as ever, but on this occasion they were severely understaffed which let down the whole experience somewhat. I know, however, that this is not the case generally so will be back as it really is a great place to go for a reasonably priced and extremely tasty lunch.

Jaanika O.
1 review so far 6
26.06.2016 22:55

Every time I go to Jojolapa I know what will I get: delicious food and cozy environment. The staff is always very friendly and prices are very reasonable for the city center location.

Christine C.
2 reviews so far 4
09.07.2016 07:24

Heard mixed reviews so thought I would try this restaurant out as we love eating out - food was good - venue was very busy and service wasn't very attentive. Wouldn't rush to go back but wouldn't avoid either. Different menu with a good choice of dishes on offer.

Hitesh J.
1 review so far 5
15.08.2017 18:07

Very good service and food. I've been to the Gurka in Taunton, and the food at Jojolapa is almost to the same standard! We had a good meal at the end of the day. Wouls recommend friends to visit.

Melanie S.
1 review so far 5
01.04.2016 20:38

Service and food was excellent. Beautiful nan breads, probably the best I have ever eaten. I had the Nepalese lamb curry, it was beautiful albeit a little salty (that's probably down to my dislike for salt though). Overall, awesome!!

Liz E.
1 review so far 5
03.12.2016 23:39

Absolutely delicious food. The meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender, the spices were perfectly balanced, I loved it. The staff were very nice but it seemed like they checked in every five minutes, it was excessive. Very good value overall.

Helen W.
1 review so far 6
04.03.2016 19:14

Great food and service - especially impressed with the vegetarian options. I would highly recommend the restaurant - very good price for the choices we made. I will be going again

Tony T.
2 reviews so far 6
30.03.2017 23:02

more an Indian reastaurant than Nepalese, (I dont suppose the Nepalese people had a large culinary repitoir) but we managed to find a few dishes and they were all extremely good

Deborah P.
2 reviews so far 5
21.04.2016 20:50

We were a table of ten. Food came out together and was delicious. Only improvement is that the service could be quicker given that it was a lunchtime sitting and therefore the usual one hour restriction applies.

Sial N.
1 review so far 5
11.07.2017 19:00

Food was really good and reasonably priced. Didn't have to wait long for the food to arrive and surprisingly the waiter remembered who had ordered what even though we were a large group. Will come again.

Shaista D.
2 reviews so far 5
09.04.2016 16:42

Had food from lunch menu. Excellent value for money. Drink, main which comes with rice and naan and ice cream for £6.99. Had the chicken tikka masala which was tasty. Good service. Would go there again.

Peter B.
4 reviews so far 6
21.05.2016 19:35

Haven't been for a while but took some friends who hadn't been before. We all had the set menu which was delicious and good value too. Very friendly helpful staff.

Phil U.
1 review so far 6
15.06.2015 17:31

Another great meal - been to Jojo's loads of times and they never let us down. Presentation is very special and the lunch menu is real value for money

Selwyn B.
2 reviews so far 6
01.07.2016 17:55

First class meal and service will certainly be returning in the near future the friends we were with said it was the best curry they had ever had.

Amrit M.
4 reviews so far 6
07.12.2015 10:37

Fantastic food and service, never had a bad experience. The new street food menu is amazing. This is a family run restaurant and the staff are always welcoming.

Och S.
1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 16:35

The food was delicious and flavoursome and the portion sizes were decent. Service was excellent and the restaurant is nicely decorated and very clean. Will definitely visit again

Matthew S.
1 review so far 5
30.07.2017 01:28

Excellent food and restaurant will be going back very soon. Table for four with everyone enjoying both courses that we ordered and the two bottles of wine were very well priced too thanks

Jagdev T.
1 review so far 6
18.12.2016 23:42

The food was excellent, service was really good even when it was really busy. They catered for all your needs. One of the restaurants I've been to.

Joshua H.
1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 01:53

It's always a good experience when we visit Jojolapas. The food is great and the staff are very friendly and attentive. We will definitely be going again.

Ali P.
1 review so far 6
31.05.2016 18:27

Very nice service, fast and very nice food. Good value for money. Would definitely recommend anyone who would like to taste Nepalese food. Great combination of choices.

Damiam T.
1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 22:46

We visited last night and thought starters and mains were great . Very friendly and helpful staff who made good recommendations ..We will definitely be back .