If you live in or near Oxford, it’s highly likely that you’ve heard about the newly opened Westgate Shopping Centre. This is a big deal for the city – and after approximately 10 years of talks, the shopping centre finally opened with a range of shops and new restaurants.
Last week, I was invited to try out Rola Wala – an Indian-inspired street, fast-food joint with branches in both London and Leeds.
Prior to my visit, I’d taken a look at the Rola Wala website to find out more about the company and the food they offer. One glance at their menu, and I could not wait to try it!
Upon arrival, I was greeted by Rola Wala’s friendly and extremely knowledgable staff, who talked me through the different foods on offer and how they were discovered. You can opt for a bowl or a sourdough naan roll (the world’s FIRST sourdough naan roll!). You then have an option of red rice or cauli-rice for your base if you go for the bowl option – both were very nice!
Next, you can choose from a range of protein-based fillings from Benglai Spice Beef, Rola’s Charred Chicken (Tikka), Vegan Red Daal (Beetroot), Keralan Chickpea (Chickpea and sweet potato) and Saahwala (Spinach). I have to say I was lucky enough to dabble in all of these, and honestly, they all tasted amazing. I particularly enjoyed the well made Chicken Tikka! It has to be said though, as a meat-eater, I wouldn’t hesitate to opt for the vegan or veggie option, they were extremely tasty.
To finish off your bowl (or roll) of deliciousness, you can pick from a pretty impressive range of uniquely flavoured sauces. Again, I enjoyed all of these. If I had to recommend one to try and be surprised by, it’s the Pear and Tamarind.
To accompany your meal, you must try a bottle of Rola Wala’s all natural Mango soda with Tumeric and Lime. Made in partnership with SquareRoot London, the drink aims to aid digestion and refreshingly cut through the spices in the food. There’s also a bar area if you fancy a beer, wine or rum with your Mango soda!
I’m not usually ones for puddings – I’m very much a starters/main girl. However, Rola Wala serve up a ‘Chai Caramel Cheesecake‘, which is unreal! It’s like a soft biscuit sandwich of velvety ice-cream, with caramel oozing through the middle. I haven’t tried anything like this anywhere else – seriously good!
I am already thinking about when I can next visit. It’s so refreshing to have a food outlet offering flavour packed (up to 43 different ingredients in every dish!) and wholesome food (all dishes are under 600 calories – and there’s so much on offer for those with dietary requirements!). Also, for every one of their ‘naan rolls’ sold, Rola Wala will provide a school meal to a child living in poverty. *I love a company with values*
Whether you’re in Leeds, London or Oxford, go and try it for yourselves – you will not be disappointed!
One thing to note, if you visit the Oxford branch – it isn’t on the top floor of the Westgate Shopping Centre with the bulk of restaurants. Rola Wala sits inside the ‘Social area’ on the ground floor (near JunkYard Golf, etc). There’s plenty of seating if you decide to sit in, or alternatively you can get food to take away with you.
*I was a guest of Rola Wala for this visit – however, all thoughts are my own!