8 of the best places to find a vegetarian lunch in Norwich for £5 or less
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To celebrate World Vegetarian Day, our reporter shares her favourite places to go for great value vegetarian lunches in Norwich city centre.
• KindaKafe, Castle Meadow
KindaKafe is a unique, not-for-profit social enterprise supporting the charity The Missing Kind. They serve homemade vegetarian food, made from local, fair-trade and organic ingredients- and most items are available as vegan too. All the items on the menu have the option to be a 'KindaMeal' or 'KindaDrink' – where you can donate a meal to someone in need. Manuela, who works in the café, recommends the Sweet potato falafel, hummus and roasted vegetable tortilla wrap: 'The rest of the menu is great but falafel is always my first choice!'
• Logans Sandwich Bar, Swan Lane
Logans may be one of the oldest sandwich shops in the city, but owners Naomi and Stephen are totally up to date with modern tastes. They make all their food fresh on site, with separate areas for vegan food preparation, and vegan options for everything from mayonnaise to cheese. Stephen recommended the gluten free falafel: 'We've devised a recipe that has roast aubergine running through it, so it's got a lot more moisture than normal falafel.' His partner Naomi had a personal favourite: 'I couldn't get bored of the Chickpea Shawarma. It's so filling and has just the right amount of spice.'
• Moorish Falafel, Lower Goat Lane
A stalwart of the Norwich Lanes, Moorish is always thriving with a steady stream of hungry lunch-goers. Abdiya, who works in the shop, recommends the pittas: 'What I would go for is a pitta with hummus and baba ganoush, 3 falafel for plenty of protein, aubergine salsa, tabbouleh, salsa and house salad. There's then our range of sauces- the tahini is a popular vegan option.' All but one of the takeaway options are under £5, and they also offer meal deals where you can add lemonade or fresh mint tea to your lunch.
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• Finnies Juice Bar, Lower Goat Lane
Right next to Moorish, Finnie's was Norwich's first ever juice bar and is a classic go-to location in the Norwich Lanes. They also serve a range of food, from pizza slices to hot dishes served with rice- all available to takeaway. A vegetarian favourite is the Vegetable Curry- made with sweet potato, coconut milk, and peanut butter, and only £3.50.
• Louis Deli, Upper St Giles Street
Alongside their stock of authentic continental produce, Louis Deli also serve freshly prepared seasonal food and have a wide range of takeaway choices. They stock lunch tub options for £5 including vegan lentil cottage pie or sweet potato and lime enchiladas. Manger Hannah's favourite is the vegetarian lasagne; 'We use local mushrooms and fresh spinach- it's one of our best sellers.' There are also more grab and go style options, from frittata to sandwiches on bread from a local bakery.
• Bia Kitchen, Norwich Market
Owners Michelle and Cheryl moved to Norfolk at the beginning of 2014, and started Bia as a food truck which took off really well. With Michelles' background in hospitality in London, and partner Cheryl being originally from Norfolk, they're in a great position to bring contemporary vegan food to the county. Michelle recommended their Jack Bap, made with pulled jackfruit: 'I love BBQ sauce and red cabbage together, and it comes on a garlic toasted crusty roll from Farmhouse Bakery in Bungay.'
• Timber Hill Bakery, Timber Hill
Timber Hill call themselves 'a new type of old bakery'- which is fitting as they are based on the site of a 14th century bread market. Adding to the growing roster of artisan bakeries in the City, as well as having organic loaves for sale they also offer a menu built around their bread. There are lots of vegan and vegetarian options, and manager Natalie knows what she would choose for lunch. 'My favourite would have to be the butternut squash toastie. It's a nice combination of flavours, with the vegan pesto balancing the sweetness of the squash. There's also texture in there from ribbons of raw pepper, and it's on our chia sourdough- with pumpkin, sesame and chia seeds, and golden and brown linseeds.'
• Kind Food, Norwich Market
Owner Paul began Kind Food as a bakery in Costessey, and after success at local food shows and festivals, decided to open a stall on Norwich market last September. Paul's go-to for lunch is one of their savoury pasties, but there are lots of options available; vegan pizzas which are also gluten free, vegan wraps and a range of sweet treats.
• Where's your favourite place to go for a vegetarian meal? Let us know in the comments below.