I think we may have a new contender for best lunch under £10 in Birmingham city centre thanks to Ngopi.
If you’ve not visited this cafe you won’t be alone – it’s hidden away down a street on the (let’s say…) rougher end of town and is often overlooked. But that’s a big mistake, because the coffee and food coming out of this tiny place is still divine.
It’s located in the Dale End area of the city (I know, I know but don’t let that put you off) and is ideal for coffee lovers looking for something a bit different come lunchtime. Opened in 2018, it’s Birmingham’s first and only dedicated Indonesian cafe bar, run by a small team of lovely humans.
The name of the cafe loosely translates to “the act of drinking coffee together” but it also offers well priced light bites, including this Indonesian Chicken Fried Rice (£7 usually, or £3.50 on Eat Out To Help Out days) served with a fried egg and crackers.
Well judged spice and the most lush sticky texture, the rice itself is pretty much perfect and there’s plenty of chicken nestled in there. Easily one of the best lunch dishes I’ve found in Birmingham, that.
Other light meals include Gado-Gado, Bakso, Risol, Pisang Bakarand most dishes are under £7. There’s veggie and vegan options available too.
Traditional Indonesian drinks available include Es Kopi Susu, Teh Tarik, Matcha Latte and Milo Chocolate but you’re can also get the usual cappuccinos and the like. There’s also some great cold options including this jasmine iced tea (£2).
It’s very laid back and food takes a little while to come but it’s glorious when it does arrive. Fairly quiet and social distancing measures in place – well worth a visit.
Ngopi, 56 Dale End, Birmingham B4 7LS
Disclosure: Words and photos are mine. Paid in full (inc the EOTHO scheme discount) and left a tip