We’ve had a busy month this month!
Ali took a trip to The Big Feastival (all in the name of business, of course) and well and truly stuffed herself full of deliciousness – she even met the beautifully gluten and dairy-free Daisy Lowe. Jealous!
I, however, had a trip a little further afield to Paris, the land of patisserie. Word on the street is that éclairs are this year’s macaron, so we need to start work on our gluten-free choux pastry…
Back in Norwich we’ve both been sampling the delights of what our own fine city has to offer, and keeping a look out for new places to stuff our faces.
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The wonderful people behind B’Nou are bringing a new dining experience to Norwich with their Spanish-inspired small-dish restaurant. Part tapas, part sushi, part dim sum restaurant, everyone is seated at 7:30pm when small dishes of deliciousness are brought around. Just dive in and grab whatever takes your fancy; each dish is £4, and the current record for a couple is 16 dishes.
A little off-the-beaten track, Yemek Yemek is a small but perfectly-formed Turkish restaurant just past the St.Stephen’s roundabout. Not only do they serve yummy, warming Bedouin-inspired food but their baklava is to die for. Make sure you also check out sister cafe Aslan’s Den on White Lion Street. They offer gluten-free bread for their sandwiches, which are great value for money, and their Turkish coffee is sure to wake you up! If you’re feeling fancy, try one of their steaks cooked on hot rocks.
From soups and stews in the winter to local ice-cream and cake in the summer; Pandora’s Kitchen really is like opening a little box of yum. When it comes to hot chocolate, it’s worth splurging the extra 40p for the little pot of marshmallows. Whether you pour them in your mouth or sprinkle on your drink is up to you! Their breakfasts are worth waking up for, and it’s difficult to keep your hands off their hunk of slow-roasted pork shoulder ready for salads and brioche rolls.
Farmer Brown’s is a restaurant after our own heart. The focus is on great local produce and it really does not disappoint. Their lunch set menu is a bargain, but even better is the Monday night Norfolk Tapas. For £12.95, it’s all you can eat and all local. Pork belly? Check. Fish and chips? Check. Celeriac crumble? Check. There’s something for everyone and the menu changes on a regular basis.
Flathouse’s gluten-free flatbreads are, flatly, amazing. It’s a great spot to lunch and people-watch, situated on the busy corner between St. Gregory’s Alley and St.Benedict’s. The Old Norfolk Sausage is my favourite, although those who aren’t gluten-free should try the curry just for the cranberry naan.
Simple, slow-cooked and all-American – just how we like it. Their double cooked fries are incredible, so dive into a tray of brisket and pulled pork. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays it’s a great place to stock-up on carbs whilst shovelling in the pre-drinks.
Hot Chip has quickly become something of an institution in the city, despite only opening its doors in June 2013. Who doesn’t love chips? And with Hot Chip, you can feel a little less guilty about having them for lunch when topped with Bolognese sauce or spicy lamb kofte. We’ve yet to try their sweet potato desserts but they’re on our list.
If you really love Thai food, which I know many of you do, then you’ll really love The House. Friendly service and a calm atmosphere makes it easy to spend a long evening here, and the food is absolutely delicious.
Yes, it’s a fish and chip shop. But it’s a damn good one. Not your usual greasy, watery fish and chunky half-cooked chips are served here my friend, oh no. THEY OFFER GLUTEN-FREE BATTER! This alone makes them possibly the best chippy this side of Mars. But that’s not all – you can steer clear of tradition and grab a Waco Taco or a Bass With Sass.
If your curry has to be full of meat and tikka sauce, stay away. This is a PROPER Indian restaurant. Fully veggie and full of flavour, this is my favourite place to eat – mainly because the menu is almost entirely gluten-free. In fact, it can be hard deciding what to eat, but I would recommend leaving room for (at least) three courses. The banana bhajis are incredible.
Please ensure you check all outlets for their gluten-free options. Photos from B’Nou, Harbercue and Grosvenor.