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: Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery

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I’ve wanted to visit Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery since I saw their stall at the Allergy and Free From show last year. Last weekend I was visiting the lovely Amy in London and we headed to Islington to have lunch at London’s first sugar free, gluten free bakery.

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The lovely Amy

 

The bakery was much bigger than I was expecting and there was ample seating space; we got a table right away. I was immediately excited by the counter full of cakes, quiche, and pizza, all of which I was able to eat!

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Review: Café 21, Colchester

On a recent visit back home to Colchester, I met a friend for lunch at Café 21 which is a small, independent café in the town centre. The café has a cosy, friendly atmosphere and I was pleasantly surprised to see gluten free options clearly labelled on the menu.  They have gluten free bread for sandwiches and a selection of warm meals. I chose the Aubergine and Butternut Squash Moussaka and it was excellent. The portion was big and came with plenty of salad. The moussaka was filled with lots of veg and had a crispy cheesy topping.

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There was also a selection of gluten free desserts on the menu including cheesecake and crumble. I had a Peanut and Caramel Tart with ice cream. The tart turned out to be an Almondy cake which was delicious. I’d only seen the Toblerone and Daim Almondy cakes before and didn’t realise there were other flavours so this was an exciting discovery.

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I was really impressed by the menu and the quality of food at Café 21 and I highly recommend it.

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: Rainbow Café, Cambridge

http://www.rainbowcafe.co.uk/

On a recent trip to Cambridge to see my sister, we visited the Rainbow Café for lunch. The Rainbow Café is a totally vegetarian café which also specialises in vegan and gluten free international dishes.

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Vegetarian Lasagne

The café is situated down some stairs in an alleyway opposite Kings College. They do not take bookings but we got there in time to take a free table, however others after us had to queue up the stairs. Unfortunately the table we had was situated right by the stairs which was a little cramped and drafty. The decor is a little worn but homely and we spotted several rainbow toys and cushions in keeping with the theme.

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