First off, I must apologise to Ju Ju’s. Wifey and I have been living near Canal Square for 6 years now and we’ve had a fair few visits, including a decent amount of breakfasts prior, but not since starting the blog.
Since Julia and the team have now opened the back room to offer more dining space, we thought it was nigh on time for another visit.
Wifey had booked after hearing about Ju Ju’s Autumn deal of “2 for £25” where you could have two courses for two persons for £25.
We chose to supplement our meal with additional starters, as the weather outside had put a chill in the air.
I picked their soup of the day, a Chilli Beef, whilst Wifey had Smoked Salmon with a potato cake.
My stew was perfect for an autumnal day, it was warming and spicy with a definite paprika kick to give a smoky flavour.
Wifey’s smoked salmon was “beautiful”. The salmon tasted fresh, the chive sauce giving a creamy note, and the potato cake was soft and crispy at the same time melting in the mouth.
For mains, I chose their Luxury Welsh Lamb Burger, a prime lamb burger in a soft bun with caramelised onions, layered with sliced tomato & topped with goat’s cheese.
Wifey had Roast Chicken Supreme, chicken breast topped with a mushroom sauce and served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Wifey’s chicken was moist with a variety of mushrooms, including oyster, in a smooth sauce. The vegetables were cooked and seasoned well, making a comforting dish for long night.
My burger was HUGE! I mean look at it!
It was served with a huge slice of goats cheese, which had partially melted into an oozy deliciousness. The onions were sweet and sticky; the lamb was delicious, a thick grained mince with a minty flavour running through. The chunky chips were very hot and came with a cute little vinegar bottle. They were extra chunky and crispy.
To finish, we went all out with pudding. Wifey went for Eaton Mess served in a sundae glass with crushed meringue, berry compote & whipped cream.
I had their Sticky Toffee Pudding, covered with a rich sticky toffee sauce and served with a scoop of vanilla Cornish ice cream
Wifey’s Eaton Mess was creamy as you’d expect, not overly sweet with big chunks of meringue hidden throughout.
My Sticky Toffee Pudding came with a rich glossy glaze of toffee sponge over a light sponge. The ice cream was luxuriously velvety, rich and super cold, a nice counterpoint to the hot soup at the start of the meal.
After the meal, bellies full and appetites sated, we went for a nose around the new extension to the restaurant. Decorated in a punk take on Modern British design, it’s a bit of a difference to the continental cafe style of the front room. Julia and her team are always welcoming, treating you like old friends – great example of what cafe service should be.
We’ll be returning again soon, more than likely for a Sunday lunch, and won’t be leaving it as long next time!
Where: Ju Ju’s Cafe, Canal Square, 100 Browning Street, Birmingham, B16 8EH
Who: Ju Ju’s Cafe