4 Tips for Conducting a Business Meeting in a Restaurant

Whether you're meeting with your team, clients or investors, planning a professional event, like a business meeting at a restaurant, can be daunting. You'll need to strike the right balance between professional and casual; have an agenda; make sure your guests are comfortable.

We've gathered four tips that can help ensure that your next business meeting goes smoothly.

Choose a quiet, private space in the restaurant.

Be clear about expectations and timing for your business meeting.

Come with an agenda, but leave room for discussion.

While it's important to come up with an agenda, it's also crucial that you leave room for discussion. It may be tempting to stick to the agenda until every item has been covered, but don't get stuck on one topic for too long. Give your employees or associates some time to talk about what they think of initiatives or other changes in the company; this is their chance to voice concerns and opinions without worrying about being interrupted by someone who has something else on their mind.

Keep it short.

Meetings can be stressful for everyone involved. It's important to ensure that the meeting doesn't run too long and make everyone feel as if they're trapped in a never-ending cycle of meetings. If you have an agenda, stick to it. If possible, set a time limit for each agenda item, so people know how much time they have allotted to discuss those topics before moving on to another one. As long as you keep things moving along at a good pace, there shouldn't be any problems with keeping the meeting short enough but not too short

With our delicious "MediterrAsian" food, fantastic customer service, and lovely atmosphere, NoJa loves serving the Mobile community. Make a reservation by contacting or texting (251) 433-0377 if you want to have your next business meeting here. We are excited to prepare a meal for you and your associates that are sure to please!

What Desserts You Should Order for Colder Weather

Here in Mobile, we’re well into autumn, and the weather is cooling as we begin to approach winter. This means it’s the perfect time to enjoy warm, comforting desserts at NoJa that are made in-house with love and care! These cozy desserts are the perfect way to finish your night out at NoJa, thus making your meal a dining experience that you’ll definitely remember. 

Ginger Donut 

Savor our spiced fall flavors with our exotic ginger donut. The sharpness and spice of the ginger cuts through the sweetness of our delightfully soft dough–all drizzled with decadent caramel sauce. To top it off, this warm dessert is served with a side of popcorn ice cream for a truly melt-in-your-mouth experience! 

Crème Brûlée 

For a classic sweet treat, try ordering our crème brûlée, featuring crispy, caramelized sugar on top of a sweet and creamy vanilla bean custard base. The warm nuttiness of the almost-burnt sugar makes this dessert a perfect pick for fall! 

Flourless Chocolate Torte 

Enjoy our rich, moist chocolate torte, which is a spin on a classic chocolate cake. We’ve paired a delightful chocolate flavor with a drizzle of berry coulis, made from a wide blend of sweet and tart fruits. Finally, it’s all topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar, adding an airy sweetness to this delectable dessert. 

Cheesecake Evolution

Come dig into another classic dessert: a creamy, sweet and almost tangy cheesecake atop a traditional graham cracker crust that gives the entire dessert a nuttiness and depth that can’t be beat! Keeping with NoJa’s theme and commitment to using fresh and local ingredients, we use in-season berries to garnish this lovely, rich dessert. 

Coconut Rum Bombè 

Last but certainly not least, dig into our innovative coconut cake and its layers of rich vanilla pastry cream! This lovely dessert features a light dusting of cocoa powder and a drizzling of dark rum for a smoky-sweet taste that’s sure to impress you with its homemade flavors. 

Pair these comforting desserts with a glass of wine from our red or white menu, or a cup of freshly-brewed French press coffee by booking a reservation with us. To reserve a table, please call or text (251) 433-0377, then come by to see us at 6 N Jackson St. Mobile, AL 36602. We look forward to seeing you this fall as we continue to provide our NoJa family with a “MediterrAsian” fine-dining experience, warm meals, decadent desserts and a perfectly cozy atmosphere!

The Perfect Dish for Any Occasion

Whether it’s a work outing, an anniversary with that special someone or a loved one’s birthday, join us at NoJa to celebrate! Here at NoJa, we’re excited to be able to offer you a luxe, fine-dining experience for any occasion that your heart (or stomach!) desires. 

Why NoJa for Your Special Day? 

At NoJa, we prioritize top-quality service, and our upscale but comfortable space is sure to fit your occasion! Our restaurant has the perfect, warm atmosphere, with a cozy courtyard and staff that welcome you as part of the NoJa family. Our customer service aims to be as personalized as possible. If any members of your party have certain dietary preferences or allergies, please contact us at (251) 433-0377. Since every meal is made fresh to order, we will do our very best to accommodate your needs, so all you need to do is sit back and let us serve you! 

What to Expect From NoJa’s Menu 

NoJa is unique because we feature a rotating menu that changes weekly! This keeps our regulars pleasantly surprised, and it also allows us to keep our menu fresh with local ingredients that are in season. Our rotating menu features what we’ve called a “MediterrAsian” cuisine, infusing the flavors of the Mediterranean with Asian cooking styles! This fusion of cultures makes our menu feel truly special. It features classics like burrata salads, lamb chops and sous vide hanger steaks. However, we also feature innovative food items like chicken karaage, seared duck foie gras with wonderfully toasted crostini, panko-crusted fresh fish and duck breast served with a peach-balsamic reduction.

NoJa’s Fine Dining: Drinks and Dessert 

Every special occasion calls for drinks and dessert! Here at NoJa, we have a wide variety of both. Our upscale white wine menu features a lush Rombauer Zinfandel, a ripe Booker Cabernet and a Kent Rasmussen Pinot Noir, while our red wines include a full-bodied Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon, a savory Faust Cabernet Sauvignon and many more. If you’re looking for something more casual, look to our speciality cocktails, like our NoJa Mule with Tito’s, Snake Bite featuring Devils River Bourbon and Kahlua or a classic Aperol Spritz. To pair perfectly with these drinks, our desserts are rich and decadent, including a classy creme brulee, our exotic ginger donuts or our innovative coconut rum bombe. 

Thanks to all of these reasons, we believe that NoJa is the perfect restaurant with the perfect dishes for any situation! For your next celebration, consider becoming a part of the NoJa family, and enjoy a beautiful night out with us at 6 N Jackson St in Mobile.

What It's Like to Serve Food in the Heart of Downtown Mobile, AL

At NoJa, we love our restaurant, but even more than that–we love the community that our restaurant is a part of! Located in the heart of downtown Mobile, NoJa is proud to be part of a flourishing community and its people. Read on to hear about what it’s like to serve food in such a unique location! 

Ingredients: The Building Blocks of Our Cuisine 

At NoJa, we prioritize our ingredients as part of our farm-to-table philosophy. This means we use fresh, local and in-season produce to give our diners the best possible experience at our restaurant. This philosophy is present throughout dishes like the Fall Salad, featuring lettuce from Baldwin County, and roasted golden beets. It even shows through our desserts, like our Cheesecake Evolution topped with a seasonal berry garnish. Overall, our focus on good, fresh ingredients makes it easier for our restaurant to pursue our innovative fusion style: “MediterrAsian” food! As a contemporary restaurant, we love that we’ve been able to introduce this unique cuisine to the greater Mobile population, expanding taste palates all over south Alabama. 

The NoJa Family 

We aim to create a fine dining (but never pretentious!) experience that our diners will never forget! Part of what makes NoJa so special is our relationships within our NoJa family, embodying the Mobilian spirit of care and community. When you’re here, our servers and chefs treat you like family with our top-quality service, because customers are such an integral part of the restaurant: you are the reason we can continue cooking what we love. Additionally, we’re more than happy to accommodate your needs. If any of your guests have specific dietary preferences or allergies, please let us know at (251) 433-0377, and we will do our best to make any necessary changes! 

Mobile’s Atmosphere 

Downtown Mobile is unique in that it has the classic “Southern hospitality” feel while also maintaining a modern, artsy vibe. As a historic arts and entertainment district, NoJa’s location in downtown Mobile is near countless museums, shops and bars that you can explore after you’ve finished dining with us! Finally, our restaurant itself embodies Mobile’s spirit through its renovated townhouse from the 1800s, creating a cozy and romantic atmosphere for our patrons. 

For all these reasons and more, NoJa loves serving the Mobile community with our fresh “MediterrAsian” cuisine, wonderful customer service and gorgeous atmosphere. To come and visit us, book a reservation by calling or texting (251) 433-0377. We look forward to serving you a meal that’s sure to impress you and your loved ones!

4 Perfect Seasonal Dishes for This Fall

Pumpkin spice is not the only heartwarming flavor to enjoy this fall! At NoJa, we are ready to serve you some of our delicious seasonal meals. Our courtyard is the perfect place to cozy up and enjoy an intimate meal that will be sure to fill your belly and satisfy your tastebuds. Here are just a few of our seasonal favorites!

Seared Duck Foie Gras

One of our mouth-watering and elegant fall-time appetizers is the Seared Duck Foie Gras. It is tender and has a stunning combination of savory flavors; the best part is that it is topped with rich foie gras. This is truly a dish that the whole table can enjoy, and the perfect start to a delicious meal.

Dry-Aged Sous-Vide Pork Chop

This is a flavorful dinner option to enjoy. The dry-aging process used on these cuts of pork not only gives it a delicious taste but also adds to the tenderness of the dish. This dish is slow-cooked to perfection.

Panko Crusted Fresh Fish

If you are craving an entree on the lighter side, we recommend our delicious panko-crusted fresh fish! The ginger-miso sauce adds a true MediterrAsian flavor that you will struggle to find anywhere else.

Ginger Donut

Utilizing a combination of unique and delicious flavors, this dessert is a must-try for this fall. This sweet treat is topped with caramel sauce as well as our popcorn ice cream—yes, you read that right! Nothing better to finish a meal and set the mood for a fun autumn than trying such an eccentric and delectable dessert!

If you’re looking for a delicious way to celebrate this fall, please join us at NoJa to try one of our delightful autumn dishes, as well as to enjoy the cozy downtown atmosphere! To make a reservation, please call us at 251-433-0377, then visit us at 6 N. Jackson St., Mobile, AL.

Now Hiring: Line Cook

Job Overview

NoJa is the leading fine-dining restaurant in the downtown Mobile area. We're proud of our 16 years of  success in creating unique dishes and providing exemplary service. We are looking to hire a talented Line  Cook to join our existing top-notch team. If you're hard-working and dedicated, NoJa is where you belong.  Send your resume to [email protected].

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The Benefits of MediterrAsian Food

One of the most popular questions we get from customers is: what is MediterrAsian food? Well, many of you have probably heard about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which is based on the traditional diets of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. This diet is known to help you stay in shape and reduce your risk of illness, like heart disease, diabete, and several forms of cancer. Asian diets are also very healthy and have several benefits, so we decided to combine them both to create the best of both worlds! 

As our chefs were creating the menu they wanted to create dishes that would be both delicious and nutritious, MediterrAsian dishes were brought into the discussion. Immediately, the idea caught our attention! MediterrAsian dishes are embraced by health experts. The dishes include healthy doses of polyphenols, which play fundamental roles in slowing aging, regulating blood sugars, reducing inflammation and boosting metabolism! This diet has been around for years and is slowly becoming more widely embraced. We have heard many success stories from guests who began the diet after eating at NoJa, and the diet has changed their lives! 

So, what is involved in the MediterrAsian diet? Well, step one is making plant foods the foundation of your meals and getting most of your fats from plant and fish oils. These include olive oil and peanut oil, which have been proven to lower cholesterol. From there, cut back on the amount of red meat you intake and replace it with shellfish and fish. Fish and shellfish are great sources of protein and essential vitamins, while red meat if eaten too often can boost your chances of heart disease. Sweet treats can be eaten occasionally, but mainly opt for fruits and nuts. Yogurt and cheese can be eaten regularly but in moderation, and the same goes with alcohol. Move naturally as you would in your everyday life, but set aside time every day to relax. These are key principles within the MediterrAsian diet and lifestyle. 

MediterrAsian food allows for a lovely blend of flavors we are glad to bring to Mobile! NoJa is able to create a variety of dishes and unique tastes while allowing customers to remain healthy. Our restaurant is truly unique through our dishes! Nowhere else in Mobile will you be able to find the level of excellence or the high-quality MediterrAsian food we offer. NoJa also offers our guests impeccable service, atmosphere and drinks for our guests to enjoy. 

Ready to take your taste buds to a whole new level? Come by and visit us to taste the MediterrAsian dishes that are spicing up Mobile! Call us at 251-433-0377 to make a reservation today then visit at 6 N. Jackson St.; Mobile, AL.

4 Dishes You Have to Try This Winter

Winter has finally come to Mobile, and along with the cold, NoJa has brought some of our favorite menu items back to keep you warm! Handpicked by our chefs, NoJa is whipping up something that will warm your taste buds and your soul this winter. So, what do we have waiting for you at NoJa? Well, here are just a few of our special this winter:

Duck Breast 

One of NoJa’s signature items is our duck breast! Not only is duck delicious, but it is quickly becoming a staple among poultry. Duck has vital proteins, fats, vitamins and it is extremely versatile! Adding duck to your plate will allow you to experiment with new flavors and you'll reap the benefits of a healthy dish. The duck breast is cooked with maple to add extra flavors and it is a house favorite at NoJa, as the chefs work long and hard to make it perfect for our customers! Our signature duck will inspire your tastebuds and warm you up as you face the cold weather!

Lamb Chops

Our lamb chops have Mobile on its toes! With a variety of seasonings, they fill your belly, satisfy your tastebuds and warm you up. Lamb chops are a high source of protein, rich in vitamins and minerals and promote muscle growth and performance! These lamb chops will improve your quality of life while filling your body with unique flavors and warmth. Our chefs will impress you with these perfectly prepared lamb chops that are in a league of their own! 

Pork Chops

Our pork chops are one of a kind here in Mobile! Our chefs spend time preparing the pork chops properly and perfectly. They know the importance of wonderful food and that it takes time to prepare it. So, through patience and hard work they can serve a pork chop that will wow you! Pork chops are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and a great way to stay warm this winter!

Shrimp and Scallops

In the Port City, seafood comforts us year-round! One of our most popular appetizers is the classic shrimp and scallops, which contain many nutritional benefits. There is a wide variety of seafood and you can cook them in many different ways! At NoJa, we provide our customers with the freshest seafood from the Gulf, cooked and served just the way you like it. Did you know seafood has many nutritional values as well? Seafood is heart-healthy, filled with nutrients and high in protein! So, in addition to your heart being warmed by the shrimp and scallops, they will also provide you many nutritional benefits! 

If you are looking for a hearty meal to warm you up, we recommend you try one of these delicious dishes here at NoJa! NoJa is in the heart of downtown Mobile with an ever-evolving menu and an exquisite wine selection. Call us at 251-433-0377 to make a reservation today then visit at 6 N. Jackson St.; Mobile, AL.

What Makes Noja Different

Deciding on where to eat might be a topic harder to discuss than figuring out which car to choose from. If this sounds like you, you are not alone! And, when searching for “restaurants near me”, it is evident that far too many may not stand out in your town. So what makes Noja different from the rest you ask? Well we want to let you in on our not so little secret...

Revolving Menu

Are you a foodie at heart? Do you like to explore fun cuisine while being open to trying new dishes? At Noja, we have acquired a taste for a variety of palettes. With our revolving menu that changes with every season for the best attainable farm fresh ingredients, “the usual” becomes  vastly overrated. We do however keep in mind that some of our customers enjoy Noja’s favorites which is why we like to keep classics on the menu. Your experience here is sure to never disappoint as our chefs will keep you on your toes about the next coming menu.

Close to Home, Closer to Spectacular 

Noja is familiar with knowing that customers want to look for unique restaurant finds without having to travel far to get there. When you want to find “restaurants near me” around the downtown Mobile area, you will notice Noja will pop up, and for a good reason! That is because Noja is located closer to your home than you think. The location awaits around a well-known arts district area just off Dauphin Street, so that you can better explore the surrounding town in the midst of your romantic courtyard escape. Noja offers a romantic scenery making it a spectacular place to visit and dine. 

Reputation for Greatness 

Besides a restaurant staying tried and true based on customer reviews, they also rely heavily on reputation. For Noja, having a reputation for greatness means having customers turn into long term friends and family that get treated with the utmost respect and friendly customer service. Noja also has a long list of celebrities (some in the Hollywood industry) who have visited us time again and got to experience exactly what they hear from word of mouth or upon research. You see, some restaurants may want to fill seats, but we see it as an invitation for memories and building on your special occasion when you rely on a restaurant near you that is not to disappoint. 

It’s Noja’s attention to detail and our focus on farm-fresh ingredients that has allowed us to continue to serve this area for so long. For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest-running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have romantic indoor seating in a secluded area, just steps from Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.