9 of the best restaurants in Norwich

Photo courtesy of Farmyard Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Farmyard Restaurant - Credit: Archant

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


Benedicts

9 St Benedicts Street

With many national and local accolades, 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 menu changes roughly every four to five weeks with delicacies on the five- or eight-course set menu including glazed ox cheek with cauliflower, roasted chestnuts and spinach and a tempting rum baba with pistachio ice cream for dessert. Wine pairings can be added as an optional extra.


Shiki

6 Tombland

Shiki in Tombland is an authentic Japanese restaurant that brings the ‘izakaya’ to Tombland. Izakaya are Japanese pubs with smaller dishes to snack on and share with friends alongside sake or beer. 

What to order: Browse the otsumami menu and pick some shareable plates which include deep fried pork called tonkatsu, seafood tempura, marinated and grilled chicken skewers called yakitori and many more. Finish with a bigger bowl of something from the shime menu such as Japanese curry with a chicken katsu topping.


Farmyard Restaurant

23 St Benedicts Street

Farmyard on St Benedicts Street, brings together a cool bistro atmosphere with fine dining. The colourful exterior and neon sign beckon diners into the laid back, stylish restaurant.

What to order: The menus change often to reflect seasonal availability of Norfolk ingredients. The sample set menu includes chicken with black pudding and apple for starter, a pheasant, turnip, kale and shiitake mushroom main and a blackberry cheesecake with ginger for dessert.


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.


Blue Joanna

103 Unthank Road

Laid back restaurant and bar Blue Joanna on Unthank Road has “Asian style street food, cool cocktails, vinyl records and live music”. Cocktails include a Bakewell fizz made with prosecco, amaretto and kirsch. Sip your drink as you tuck into dishes with fresh ingredients pulling influences from South Korea, Japan and beyond. Saturday night also often sees free live music nights.

What to order: Try the Korean Blue Taco made with two blue corn tortillas with salsa roja, pickled cucumber, Asian slaw and soy lime dressing with your choice of pork, beef, chicken or tofu.


Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

79 Upper St Giles Street

An extensive 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 by its customers.

What to order: You might find a starter of crispy cod cheeks with green pea and marscapone risotto, a main of loin of lamb, red pepper puree and aubergine caviar with tempting desserts like peach cheesecake with blood orange.


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 for the best of the season’s bounty.

What to order: Keep an eye out for seasonal fare such as smoked duck breast with charred spring onion, pomegranate and spiced orange syrup; or pan roasted pork chop with braised vegetable pilaf, purple sprouting broccoli and a green herb and anchovy dressing. Desserts are equally tempting, you might find a blueberry and vanilla cheesecake with blueberry and mint compote or dark chocolate and amaretto mousse.


Woolf & Social

21-23 Nelson Street

Woolf & 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 small plates of pork belly with umeshu and fennel, Cromer crab wontons in dashi or tasty fried chicken with chilli and pickles.


Yard

6 Pottergate

Pasta lovers need to head down to Yard on Pottergate for delicious pasta served alongside creative cocktails. Try a Cataract cocktail made with white rum, plum, citrus, riesling cordial and maraschino cherry.

What to order: The rigatoni with sausage, creme fraiche and fennel is a crowd pleaser. Order sides of crusty sourdough with whipped garlic and melt-in-the-middle burrata with fresh peas. The tiramisu is also top notch.