Owner of popular street food van opens taco shop
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The owner of a street food van that has built up a following across Norfolk is spicing up a seaside town by opening a shop selling Asian-inspired tacos and rice boxes.
Justin Unsworth has opened The Cabin in Church Street in Cromer and since launching in July it has proved a hit with locals and visitors alike.
Mr Unsworth, 50, moved from London to Overstrand with his family in 2017, where his in-laws lived, as he wanted to bring up his son in the countryside.
Before that, he had spent his whole working life in contract catering and restaurants and in 2000 he opened Medcalf in Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, London, with his friend.
The restaurant, located in a former butcher’s shop, served classic British food and Mr Unsworth ran that until 2012 when his business partner bought him out.
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He then ventured into street food with one of his chefs and launched Spit and Roast, which offered rotisserie and Louisiana-style buttermilk fried chicken.
After five years, he moved to Norfolk and wanted to continue doing street food here so bought a vintage caravan in March 2018 which he gutted and refurbished.
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Since then, he has toured the county with The Cabin, including festivals and pop-ups at pubs, and this summer he has been at the Street Food Market at The Pigs in Edgefied every Saturday.
Just like the van, he will be offering Asian-inspired dishes in the new Cromer shop and there will be three options, which can be served in tacos or a rice box.
Mr Unsworth said: “Cromer is on the up and it is a really good looking town and I like the vibe - I did a pop-up just before lockdown in Brook Street and it went well.
“I have always loved south-east Asian food and The Cabin puts this together with great Norfolk produce, we will have two meat and one vegan option in the shop and last week this was Cambodian pork, Sri Lankan chicken or Korean tofu, mushroom and seaweed.
“It is the chance to try something new and interesting with food made from scratch and with passion and I also sell my homemade Korean hot sauce.”
The Cabin at 8a Church Street is open Thursday to Saturday 12pm to 7pm and Sundays 12pm to 6pm - follow @thecabinnorfolk on Instagram to see the weekly menus.