The friendly cafe in the heart of Birmingham

It’s good to reacquaint oneself with an old friend.

And, over the years, Ju Ju’s Cafe has become that.
It’s not a place I visit often but, when I do, I immediately feel comfortable.
It’s a neighbourhood restaurant amid the posh canal-side apartments near Broad Street.

The views over the canal basin from the quirky cafe, situated in a modern building, are great.
There are breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus of no-nonsense dishes of the kind that people crave to eat.
Fried breakfasts, bubble and squeak, stews, welsh rarebit, faggots, pies… that sort of thing.
It’s licensed, with a short but appealing wine list and plenty of beers and cocktails.

Service is incredibly friendly and it’s small wonder that it’s a popular place for those who live nearby.
Being kitchen-less while the mine is being refurbished provided a perfect excuse to revisit for Sunday lunch.
Roast chicken was of beautiful quality – moist, tasty and generous in serving.

The roast potatoes were good and crunchy, the mashed spuds delightful and the Yorkshire pudding fluffy, with a selection of vegetables, stuffing and a good rich gravy.
Afterwards, a fruit crumble was all you’d wish for – a satisfying balance of sugary sweetness and fruity sharpness, offset by custard.

An Eton Mess also proved popular.
Three of us ate heartily and well for a little over £60, including a beer, large glass of wine and coffee.
Which seems to me brilliant value for good grub cooked with care and served with charm.

Ju Ju’s Cafe
Watermarque, Canal Square, 100 Browning Street, Birmingham B16 8EH. 0121 456 3384.