Review: Giggling Squid, Norwich

https://www.gigglingsquid.com/restaurant/norwich/

We recently visited Giggling Squid which is a new Thai restaurant in Norwich. The restaurant is large with tables across 2 floors and has a beautiful, sophisticated decor. What I love is that Giggling Squid has separate Non-Gluten and Vegetarian menus so we were easily able to find what was safe for us to eat. They have a good selection of soups, curries, stir fries, rice and noodle dishes.

We shared a bowl of coconut rice and I had a vegetable Pad Khing stir fry and Mike had a Massaman Vegetable Curry. The portion size was generous and the food was fresh and full of flavour. Service was super quick and all the staff seemed cheerful and friendly. We will definitely visit again.

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Review: Logan’s Sandwich Bar, Norwich

I’ve walked past Logan’s Sandwich Bar a few times and had heard good things about it but I only recently discovered that they do gluten free sandwiches too.  We went to Logan’s when my mum and little brother came to Norwich for a visit recently. It was a busy Saturday so we had to wait 10 minutes for a table but all of their sandwiches can be made to take away.

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Aubergine Pesto GF Toastie

They have an extensive sandwich menu with lots of interesting fillings including vegetarian and vegan options. Many of their sandwiches can be made with gluten free bread so I had the Aubergine Pesto toasted sandwich which came with salad and crisps. Mike had a mushroom and Swiss cheese panini and my mum had a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. They were very child-friendly and provided a children’s menu, a puzzle and some colouring in to keep my brother entertained.

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Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Panini

They also do a selection of cakes and I spotted a gluten free muffin but was unfortunately too full to try it. We all enjoyed our lunch and I will definitely be visiting again the next time I fancy a gluten free sandwich in town.

 

Review: Wild Thyme Vegetarian Café, Norwich

http://wildthymenorwich.co.uk/

Wild Thyme is a lovely vegetarian café tucked away in the heart of the city. It has an exciting menu full of fresh, interesting dishes all of which are vegetarian and many are also vegan and/or gluten free.

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I hadn’t tried jackfruit before so I went for the Moroccan spiced jackfruit with pesto chickpeas and baba ganoush. It was served with salad and gluten free bread. It was extremely tasty and I really liked the jack fruit. It was similar in look and texture to onions and the sauce was warmly spiced and slightly sweet. The portion size was generous so it was a really satisfying meal.

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I had the gluten free, vegan apple and raspberry crumble for dessert. The crumble was made of crunchy quinoa which was unusual and not as sweet as normal crumbles but presumably much healthier.

If you’re in Norwich, I really recommend Wild Thyme for wholesome, tasty vegetarian food.

Review: The Gluten Free Café, Norwich

http://norfolkglutenfree.co.uk/

The Gluten Free Café is top of the list of my favourite places for gluten free grub in Norwich. Since opening a year ago the owners have been improving and refining the business and there is something new about the café every time I visit. On a recent trip I noticed that the menu is now even bigger and there is more seating up stairs, which is a testament to how popular they are.

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I had a mozzarella, tomato, and pesto toasted sandwich with lentil crisps and salad. It’d been ages since I’d had a toastie and this was delicious. The café has a selection of books, magazines, and recipe books and I finally got to read Five Go Gluten Free whilst enjoying my lunch.

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For dessert, I chose a caramel shortbread slice. I can highly recommend it; the shortbread was light and crumbly and the caramel was soft and creamy.

Review: Sportspark Café, UEA, Norwich

http://www.sportspark.co.uk/en/web/sportspark/hire/conferences-catering

I recently had a meeting at the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia so we stopped at the Café there for dinner. The cafe overlooks the track and is right next to an indoor climbing wall. It has plenty of sandwiches, snacks, and cold drinks as well as a hot food menu. I was really impressed that the menu lists all the allergens as well as the calorie content in each dish which made it easy to see that there were several gluten free dishes including all day breakfast options, jacket potatoes, an open burger, and roasted salmon fillet.

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Review: Namaste India, Norwich

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Namaste India is a small, family run, vegetarian Indian restaurant in Norwich. We discovered Namaste India on a date to the Norwich Food Fair the summer before we moved in together. They were the only stall at the fair with a sign that said Gluten Free & Vegetarian and it was the first time we discovered a place specialising in food that we could both eat. The restaurant has become a firm favourite of ours for date nights and we even attended the opening of their second venue, Namaste Village, earlier this summer. The restaurant staff are always welcoming and I love the selection of gluten free bhajis.

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Review: Pedro’s Tex-Mex Cantina, Norwich

Pedro’s is one of my favourite restaurants in Norwich. I spent many an evening there in my uni days, wearing sombreros and sipping sangrias with friends. The atmosphere is very novelty and fun with cheesy music and sombreros for everyone. The menu is great with lots of gluten free and vegetarian options and the portion sizes are huge! The first time I went we made the mistake of ordering starters which, although delicious, made it impossible to tackle the mountain of food that was the main course. And I’ve never managed a dessert; the main course is all you need!

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