Because we’re spoiled with so many fantastic places to eat in Norwich, as the end of May half term holiday fast approaches we’ve compiled a list of our favourite places to enjoy some delicious food in. So whether you fancy something that will have options for all the family or a menu with a little more pizzazz, there’s a place to enjoy here in Norwich!
Image: Byrons Hamburgers
PLENTY OF TASTY OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE
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- Bill’s Restaurant – cosy, central and full of tasty options to suit all palates. We love their Halloumi burger, macaroni cheese, Thai Green Curry – and then just try to resist their dessert menu!
- Pizza Express at The Forum – who doesn’t love a slice (or 8) of pizza? Situated on the mezzanine floor in the impressive, glass-fronted building of The Forum, you can enjoy great views out over the always bustling Millennium Plain as you feast on doughballs, pizza, pasta and for those trying to eat a little more healthy, some great lighter options too.
- Thai Kitti – this lovely family-run restaurant offers authentic Thai food; expect all the classic dishes made from traditional Thai recipes, made by Thai chefs! Plus they’re happy to tailor dishes to your tastes if you prefer something mild or very spicy.
- Byron Hamburgers – we love this relatively new hamburger joint (read about our experience here). Proper burgers done properly - that’s the main jist of it. There are tonnes of mouth-watering burger variations and sides. You need to try the courgette fries!
- River Green Café – This restaurant’s main courses are all veggie or vegan, but don’t worry carnivores – we promise you won’t miss the meat! Their specials menu changes regularly (and features locally sourced produce) but some regular favourites include the mushroom wellington, River Green burger, and the Seasonal Vegetable, Cashew and Almond Biryani.
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- Cosmo – Food from every country is available at this buffet which offers more than 150 dishes and desserts – so whether you fancy Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mexican or Continental food, everyone can enjoy whatever food they’re craving, all in one place. It’s the ultimate “please everyone” place to eat!
- Britons Arms – we love this historic café / restaurant, housed in a 15th century building and boasting a gorgeous courtyard garden in the summer. Enjoy a light lunch, snacks, cream tea, cake and desserts – all made with seasonal and/or local produce. We particularly recommend their Lemon and Norfolk Lavender Drizzle cake –divine! They also offer most dishes in a child-size portion, which is ideal for kids with little appetites.
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- Zaks Authentic American Diners – for delicious American food in various locations around Norwich, look no further than Zaks. They have a choice of restaurants in and around Norwich (Mousehold Heath, Barrack Street and Poringland) and a fantastic atmosphere too – think retro tunes and décor to complement their wide range of burgers, Surf N Turf, hot dogs, combos and much more! Plus get 10% off by checking out their listing.
- Côte Brasserie - This Paris-inspired city-centre restaurant has some delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have a great two and three course menu offer which is ideal for pre-theatre dining, and a regularly changing menu including some truly mouth-watering specials!
AND FOR .. JUST BECAUSE WE CAN…
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- The Last Wine Bar - this modern eatery has a chilled bar area with a great atmosphere, where you can enjoy a range of delicious dishes from their bar menu, or dine in their more formal restaurant area, where you can order from their A La Carte menu or the Set Menu. Alternatively opt for their Prix Fixe Menu which offers delicious dishes at a great price; the menu changes regularly. All of this can be paired with an impressive wine menu offering over 100 options!
- Bishop’s Dining Room & Wine Bar – a true gem in the heart of the Norwich Lanes, Bishop’s pairs elegant décor and exquisite food, whilst retaining the building’s charm. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and their lunch and dinner set menus are excellently priced.
- Roger Hickman’s Restaurant – this restaurant is the only one to hold an impressive AA 3 Rosette Award, and offers beautifully presented food in an understated but elegant setting - without ever feeling pretentious. You can really taste the freshness of ingredients in the seasonal dishes, and their taster menu is a must-try (pair it with the wine flight and you’ll be in heaven!).
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- Giggling Squid – If you’re a fan of Thai food you’ll LOVE the Giggling Squid. They have all the classic dishes as well as some with a twist that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in Norwich - we found some new favourites there that we’d never tried before! Added bonus - they’ve just launched a great children’s menu for younger visitors.
- Benedicts – owned by Great British Menu winner Richard Bainbridge, this brasserie is relaxed and welcoming, with stripped-back interiors and delicious food made with locally-sourced produce. They have a brilliant A La Carte menu as well as tasting menus covering 6 courses or – if you’re feeling particularly hungry – go for the 8 course taster menu!
- The Library Restaurant & Grill – situated in the old library right in the city centre, this restaurant has a wonderful brasserie-style menu with locally sourced ingredients and a recently refurbished lounge area which is ideal for relaxing in, pre or post meal, with a cocktail!
Image: The Library Restaurant
- Namaste India - Indian food with a twist! Namaste pride themselves on serving authentic Indian food, all of which is vegetarian or vegan, and have created a stellar reputation for themselves in the city. Plus if you pick up a copy of the 2016/17 Eat Norwich guide you can take advantage of the voucher for 10% off your total bill!
- Grosvenor Fish Bar – Don’t be thinking that the Grosvenor are just about fish ‘n’ chips – no. Although they do the classic combination so well, they also have plenty of more adventurous, unique options on their special menu - think rock salmon, 5 quid squid and tuna steak, just to start with- and who could resist ‘bass with sass’? Kids will love the fun options like their ‘shark bites’! Plus you can take your food into The Birdcage pub opposite and enjoy it with a tipple!
- The Waffle House – if you can enjoy it on a waffle, you’ll probably find it on The Waffle House’s menu! It’s a much-loved local eatery serving up savoury and sweet Belgian waffles, and some of our favourites from here include: Bolognaise; Cheese Sauce & Mushrooms; and Potato, Cauliflower, Spinach & Puy Lentil Dahl. And for dessert you can’t go wrong with The Banoffee Waffle (though there are plenty of other options too – we just can’t resist this one!). All served on a waffle. Obviously!
If you’re more after tea and cake than a full-on meal, check out our blog post all about the best places for a brew and a slice of the sweet stuff!
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