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The Big Eat Out NORWICH MARKET


The gen We’ve all been there… What do you want to eat?


I don’t mind, you decide. Pizza?


Hmmmm, nooo. Chinese? I’m not really feeling it. Indian?


Nah, don’t fancy it. Ten what do you want?!? I don’t know, anything really. I’m easy. Yeah… right. It’s never simple deciding what to eat after a hard day’s shopping. You could compromise but that just means nobody’s happy. Well, here’s an idea for you. Why not give the Market a go? Until recently all I’ve known it for was the occasional bleary eyed bacon sarnie but a bit of a foodie revolution has taken place right under our noses.


Atmosphere Cold ears, cold nose, cold


fingers, cold toes. EMPTY STOMACH. Inventory complete. Let’s hit the market!


Along my winding path up and down the aisles I’m struck by the sheer number of different food outlets. With so many pubs and restaurants opening and closing across the city it


is so heartening to see such a diverse and thriving food oasis.


Te staunch favourites remain, and thankfully so – if I couldn’t get an egg and sausage bap from the market I think I’d start a riot – but beyond that there are some really exciting and interesting ventures. While I was contemplating my plan of attack a grumbling stomach prompted my first stop. I don’t think well on an empty stomach (who can?) so I bought myself a thinking snack.


THE


NORWICH PROVIDORE


needed for a fabulous picnic right here and spent the afternoon gorging myself next to the war memorial. As it was a bit miserable I took my Sausage roll and moved on, munching happily. It was absolutely lovely, the next supermarket sausage roll I have will turn to ash in my mouth at the memory of this beauty.


BUN BOX


Te Norwich Providore is a yeasty haven, the smell of fresh artisanal bread was irresistible. My nose and stomach must have been colluding to bring me there (traitors!) and one of their sausage rolls was enough to dull the edge of my hunger. While there I perused the impressive selection of local jams and chutneys and the charcuterie available. If the weather had been nicer I could have got everything I


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Te day’s longest queue was found snaking back from Bun Box. Here Chinese steamed buns are lovingly crafted and ingredients are freshly prepared to order, it’s well worth the wait. Te Bao buns are gorgeously soft and fluffy and the perfect base for the array of big flavours. My companion enjoyed the mushroom bun, the woody juices seeping into the soft dough and joined by savoury crispy onions that pair well with finely sliced, tart radish. My choice was the duck bun, soft and tender meat covered in sickly, sweet hoi sin sauce. If it risked becoming too cloying the cucumber and spring onion gave a little bite and some much needed lightness. For a less greedy person the perfectly prepared Chinese steamed buns sold would make a nice light lunch. We are greedy so added some sticky rice with katsu curry sauce and a small pot of kimchi, the sharpness of which cut through the wonderful stodge of the rest


of the meal. £9.50 for the lot, damn good value.


Starvation was no longer imminent but my not inconsiderable appetite had been roused and there was still plenty to explore. Where to next? (I feel like this review would be best told in a choose your own adventure format.)


LASAGNERIA


I’ve been keen to visit here for quite some time. As concepts go it isn’t the most complex. It sells Lasagne. Still, simple is good, especially when done this well. Te owner was keen for me to understand the authentic providence of his cooking, with oils and ingredients coming from his native Italy. Instead of the usual grey mess of many pub attempts this was a wonderful piping hot treat, just what we needed on a cold day. Good luck trying to take an attractive picture of lasagne but this proves beyond doubt that some things are more important than looks (at least, that’s what my mum keeps telling me). Te veggie special was four cheese and mushroom. Can I identify the four cheeses that went into this glorious gooey slab? No. Te thick, filling sauce and the crispy lid are delicious regardless. I had expected chunks of mushroom in


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