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11 of the best restaurants in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:38 30 May 2017

Photo courtesy of Farmyard Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Farmyard Restaurant

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Norwich always seems to be welcoming a new addition to its already hefty list of great places to eat out. We pick 12 of the city’s best restaurants you need to visit

1. Benedicts, 9 St Benedicts Street

Praised in the 2017 Michelin Guide as “[showing] respect for good quality Norfolk ingredients”, Benedicts on St Benedicts Street is a stylish and understated restaurant that serves modern British cuisine. Husband and wife team Richard and Katja Bainbridge opened the restaurant in 2015 to high praise with some diners saying it may be the best restaurant in Norwich.

What to order: the set lunch menu offers three courses for £20 and changes seasonally depending on local produce. The menu includes local dishes such as North Sea coley with a haricot bean cassoulet, pearl onions and local wild garlic and a lemon tart for dessert.

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2. Shiki, 6 Tombland

Shiki in Tombland is an authentic Japanese restaurant that has recently introduced its new concept “izakaya”. This is essentially a Japanese social tavern with smaller dishes to snack on and share with friends alongside sake or beer. Shiki brings the taste of the Land of the Rising Sun to this historical corner of Norwich. Say hello to a sushi-induced coma because every Monday evening diners can enjoy sushi in three two hour increments (6pm – 8pm; 6.30pm – 8.30pm; and 8pm – 10pm).

What to order: order a bento box, with traditional mains such as tonkatsu (breaded deep fried pork), salmon teriyaki and yaki-niku (thinly sliced beef) served alongside salad, sushi, tsukidashi and miso soup.

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3. Farmyard Restaurant, 23 St Benedicts Street

The self-described “bistronomy” restaurant, Farmyard on St Benedicts Street, brings together an unassuming bistro atmosphere with fine dining. The colourful exterior and neon sign beckon diners into the laid back, stylish restaurant - the latest addition to the Norwich Lanes.

What to order: the website’s sample menu includes delights such as a starter of Jerusalem artichoke soup with truffle cappuccino; and mains such as a cod, shiitake mushroom and seaweed broth. Snacks are £3 and include goat cheese and olive bonbons hailed by one customer as being “the best things that I’ve ever eaten”!

4. Brick, 39 Market Place

Pizza-heads have got to try Brick on the Market Place. Order your pizza and see it prepared before being cooked in the wood fire oven and landing hot in front of you.

What to order: with changing specials on the menu, there are around 15 different types of pizza to choose from with simple but fresh and delicious ingredients used. Order some dough balls to share, served drizzled with tasty garlic and herb butter.

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5. Blue Joanna, 103 Unthank Road

Laid back restaurant/bar Blue Joanna on Unthank Road has “Asian style street food, cool cocktails, vinyl records and live music”. Cocktails include a Japanese inspired plum wine spritzer and a ginger espresso martini. Sip your drink as you tuck into dishes with fresh ingredients pulling influences from South Korea, Japan and beyond. Saturday night sees free live music nights from 9.30pm.

What to order: try a Korean Blue Taco made with blue corn tortillas and with salsa roja, pickled cucumber, Asian slaw and soy lime dressing with your choice of pork, beef, chicken or tofu. Add spicy Korean cabbage, kimchi, for £1.

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6. Roger Hickman’s Restaurant, 79 Upper St Giles Street

An extensive (and award winning) wine list accompanies the menu of modern British dishes at Roger Hickman’s Restaurant on Upper St Giles Street. With three AA rosettes and a spot in the Good Food Guide, this restaurant is praised far and wide in newspapers and of course, customers.

What to order: the dinner menu, with a choice of two or three courses, has included starters of cured and smoked mackerel with gooseberry, horseradish and dill; mains of lamb, wild garlic, shallot, red pepper and pommes anna; and desserts including a tropical lime parfait with creamy rice pudding, coconut, mango gel and pineapple.

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7. Bishop’s, 8-10 St Andrews Hill

Minimal white table cloths and crockery is offset with touches of elegance such as chandeliers and gold framed mirrors at Bishop’s restaurant on St Andrews Hill. The menu features ingredients from local suppliers that change according to seasonal availability.

What to order: keep an eye out for seasonal fare such as smoked haddock, lemon and dill fish cake with a green bean and cornichons salad and beetroot tartare; or harrisa roasted guinea fowl breast with bulgur wheat, a chickpea and herb salad and preserved lemon chutney. Desserts are equally tempting and have included coffee custard tart with garibaldi granola and amaretto cream.

8. Woolf & Social, 21-23 Nelson Street

One of our top spots to visit for a tasty brunch, Woolf and Social have inventive creations with dishes including tantalising street food created with locally sourced ingredients. A curated cocktail list is another reason to pop into this social hub and enjoy some relaxed dining.

What to order: try the mushroom ragout, polenta and parsley, or if you fancy trying something more unusual, how about some insects with pear, chicory and goat’s cheese? Indulge in some Norfolk cheeses with tomato and fennel chutney to finish as you sip on a cocktail.

9. The Dining Rooms, Cinema City, St Andrews Street

With a pretty courtyard that’s perfect for al fresco dining in the warmer months, the Dining Rooms at Cinema City on St Andrews Street serves hearty food for diners in the striking Grade I listed building.

What to order: chargrilled rib-eye steak with crispy polenta, baked mushroom, tomato and dressed watercress is sure to satiate a grumbling stomach. Other dishes include mussels in a spicy tomato sauce with ginger, garlic, coriander and lime with a side of fries. This is the perfect spot for some pre-film dining.

10. Wild Thyme, Labour in Vain Yard

A popular haunt with vegetarians and vegans is Wild Thyme, hidden away from the hustle and bustle in the Old Fire Station Stables. With absolutely no meat used in any of the food, most dishes can also be made vegan and gluten free too. Large windows let in floods of natural light and the walls are adorned with contemporary art pieces.

What to order: wild mushroom, sun blushed tomato and cauliflower linguine in a creamy vegan basil dressing with toasted pine nuts; or the black bean, chickpea and vegetable burger in a wholemeal bun with tomato and leaves with a side of sweet potato and thyme wedges. Keep an eye out for changing specials too!

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11. Warwick Street Social, 2 Warwick Street

One of our favourite spots for cocktails also offers a “great menu which combines classic pub food with … fine dining” in an Instagrammer’s dream setting. With contemporary interior décor, Warwick Street Social is located on a quiet street but is positively buzzing with energy.

What to order: why not try the leg of lamb, roasted parsnip, mustard mash and tender stem broccoli with carrot puree in a red wine jus. There is also a daily changing “Lunch Du Jour” menu with two courses for £12.

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