Rola Wala

Casual Dining Kitchen & Servery
London and Oxford.

A build-your-own bowl concept inspired by Indian street food

Rola Wala is a grab and go concept inspired by combining recipes from across India with Mediterranean cooking techniques, using the best possible British produce and Indian spicing. Customers choose from sourdough naan, brown rice, masala noodles or cauliflower rice and then fill, or top, these from a wide selection of meat, vegetable or pulse dishes. As Danny Vilela, the company’s production and operations manager sums up, “Every single bite will deliver a delicious sweet, salty, sour, bitter and spicy flavour experience.”

Having previously worked with Rola Wala on the first London location, Nelson Commercial Kitchens was called in to create a system for the Oxford site to enable the most efficient means of preparing, cooking and serving the food. Everything is cooked from scratch daily so a workable kitchen was essential. However, arguably the most crucial part of the design was a large food counter that enabled customers to see the wealth of dishes on offer so they could make their choices easily and be served quickly.

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The compact kitchen is sited at the back of the space and here we provided a large upright fridge, a 4 door undercounter fridge, a blast chiller and freezer along with prep surfaces and shelving. Because the majority of dishes are cooked in, and then served from, gastronorm pans, a single 10 grid combi oven met all Rola Wala’s requirements.

At the front of house we designed a stunning 3 metre curved servery counter which incorporates a large Ceran induction top, chilled salad wells and heated wells. Two panini grills are used to cook the naans to order. To one end of the counter is a bar area where we included bottle coolers, an ice well, speed rail and glasswasher.

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