Cafe No.33, Norwich: I heartily back it as the best cafe in town

The Mexican style breakfast. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

The Mexican style breakfast. Picture: Eleanor Pringle - Credit: Archant

Cafe No.33 is one of those cafes that you've always wanted to try, but never managed to get a table in.

The lime and corriander slaw. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

The lime and corriander slaw. Picture: Eleanor Pringle - Credit: Archant

That's because everyone that goes there loves it, and for good reason.

Luckily for us, there was an England match on when we ducked into the bright but unassuming eatery.

Sat in the window seats, we were promptly served by a very friendly waitress, who went out of her way to bash up a new bag of ice for our drinks.

I ordered off the breakfast menu- thankfully which is served all day, and my mum opted for a lunch option.

The falafel salad. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

The falafel salad. Picture: Eleanor Pringle - Credit: Archant


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I had the Mexican style breakfast; grilled chorizo, two fried eggs, tomato salsa and homemade guacamole – which was substituted readily for mushrooms.

It was delicious. The chorizo is purchased from local business (as are most of the ingredients) Cheese Truckle, and melted in your mouth.

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The sourdough toast was also mouth-watering, and let's be honest, you can't go far wrong with a fried egg.

My mum, who came with me, chose the homemade falafel salad with rocket and grilled peppers.

The hummus dipping selection. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

The hummus dipping selection. Picture: Eleanor Pringle - Credit: Eleanor Pringle

The falafels were perfectly spiced, and chunky without being stodgy.

We also tried the lime and coriander coleslaw which was the star of the meal for both of us.

I had no idea you could pack so much flavour into a slaw, which was lighter and more flavoursome thanks for the chef's substitution of sour cream instead of mayonnaise.

The side of breads with hummus and dipping oils were also delicious.

The Mexican style breakfast, Picture: Eleanor Pringle

The Mexican style breakfast, Picture: Eleanor Pringle - Credit: Archant

The breads were a mix of ciabatta and sourdough, and worked well with the light, smooth oils, with a perfect tang of balsamic, without making your eyes water.

The hummus was also lovely, rich in taste and very fresh.

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No 33 Cafe Bar, Exchange Street, Norwich.For : EDP Norfolk MagazineCopy : Emma SmithCopyright Archan

No 33 Cafe Bar, Exchange Street, Norwich.For : EDP Norfolk MagazineCopy : Emma SmithCopyright Archant Norfolk - Credit: Copyright Archant Norfolk.

We went for Fentimans, but I know from experience their tea and coffee is also great.

Interior/atmosphere:

Comfortable, clean and filled with trinkets you wanted to take home.

Service:

Every member of staff we spoke to (all three) were very friendly, and knew their menu and ingredients like the back of their hand.

Loos:

Once we found the light switch, very pleasant.

Parking:

Any in the city centre, but St Stephen's is a 30 second walk away.

Location:

Exchange Street, Norwich.

Price:

I paid £25 in total for what I will heartily back as the best café in town.

Highlight:

The slaw.

In summary:

I can't fault the place.

Score:

Food: 5/5

Value: 5/5

Three things you must try:

1. The lime and coriander slaw.

2. The salmon Benedict.

3. The Mexican style breakfast.

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