There’s a wave of Indian street food dining places hitting Birmingham at the moment. Rola Wala is a new kid on the block situated downstairs in Selfridges Food Hall in the Bullring and we were invited to check it out!
Rola Wala is a little different to some of the other Birmingham offerings. They offer (minus the fries) a healthier menu but promise to still pack in the flavour of Indian food. The other week we were invited down to check out what they have to offer and see the new eatery in all it’s finery.
Rola Wala has a very industrial feel in the food hall. Exposed mesh and basic seating, it’s bordering on hipster. The set up is fairly straightforward, you pick a naan roll or a spice bowl. Then you pick your filling, there’s a wide range of meat and vegetarian fillings (even vegan) so everyone is catered for at Rola Wala. A bit like another chain you then pick your spice, from a mild to an extremely hot scorpion chilli seasoning. Spoiler alert – I burnt my mouth a little bit on this! As part of our visit we go to try out all of the dips, the tomato and naga chilli was an absolute favourite of mine and not as spicy as it sounds. There is a very big jump between the dips in my opinion, but I know I can tolerate a lot of spice (minus the scorpion)!
The Food & Drink
Rola Wala offer an extensive range of soft drinks and a few alcoholic drinks too. I picked a Brooklyn beer (one of my faves) and George picked a cider. They were ice cold and the perfect accompaniment for the spicy food we were about to check out!
I decided for my food I’d pick a naan, because I was intrigued to try out the sour dough naan! A new one on me. I honestly noticed not very much different, other than they were lacking the lashings of butter you’d get in a curry house (which you obviously don’t want when you’re being healthier!) I picked the Nagaland Lamb, which was wonderfully spicy, I really enjoyed the added salad in the wrap too. My sides were the Avo Chaat Salad, this should’ve been called the Mango Chaat Salad really. It was wonderfully fresh and tasty, but there was a severe lacking of avocado in my opinion. I also picked the Rola’s String Fries. Let’s just say, the onion and chilli was perfect with the seasoning. However, these did not need cucumber on. If I’d have known I’d have asked for it not to be added. I had to be super cautious of picking my fries because of my weird cucumber intolerance!
For me Rola Wala is a good place to check out for a mid shopping lunch break or quick eat after work. The food comes quickly, so it’s great if you’re in a rush. The combination of sides and a naan was very filling for me so I think if I was in a rush I’d just pick a naan because they’re filling enough. George loved her paneer filled naan, so I have to give this a go next time. I can’t fault the quality either, the freshness of the ingredients is evident and the food was super tasty!
Have you been to Rola Wala? What would you order? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited down to Rola Wala to check out what the fuss is all about. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Rola Wala is located at Upper Mall East, Selfridges Food Hall, The Bullring, Birmingham B5 4BP.