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“left hungry and broke”
Review of Benedicts

Ranked #5 of 880 Restaurants in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$70
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Benedicts is run by chef owner Richard Bainbridge, who has won Great British Menu 2016 with 2 Courses. Benedicts is a modern interpretation of a neighbourhood restaurant, with classic values of hospitality and food with a strong local focus on ingredients and traditional techniques with a delicate modern touch.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we had our usual weekend outing with friends to norwich, and all have been looking forward to trying this place what with the celebrity chef and all.
the pros...
place is cool and modern looking , and very very clean.
the cons ..
service polite but cold.. food... well it was tasty but portions way too small.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly and attentive staff and beautifully cooked dishes make Benedicts a very special place indeed. We had the set three course menu (would highly recommend the trifle which was an amazing experience) a gin and tonic each (a bottle of Benedicts' own gin will apparently cost you £120!) and a bottle of fantastic English wine and the bill came to £135 - so it's not cheap. But you get a series of fantastic snacks to start you off, some unusual taste sensations along the way and you leave having enjoyed something very memorable together. If you are in Norwich and fancy pushing the boat out, this is definitely somewhere to consider.

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2  Thank Jarroldstander
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely ambience and fab staff.
Food didn’t disappoint in fact sublime with lovely seasonal and local suppliers of great ingredients, can’t wait to go back.

1  Thank Wendy H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a luxury restaurant , with stunning menu / food . It's a special occasion place . Food was outstanding , service warm . Friendly , and not at all starch , as some luxury restaurant can be . Highly recommend , good value for such outstanding food , but it is not cheap , worth every penny though .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant - but not great is how I would sum it up.

The ambitious approach of the cooking sits at odds with the brasserie style scrubbed table tops and pretty casual, albeit friendly and pleasant waiting staff.

You are quite packed in, almost cheek by jowl as the dining space is quite limited. There is a tasting menu but we opted for the a la carte. The amuse bouches were mixed - some game chips with foam were not very nice at all, either in taste or combined texture. The starter of tortellini with a nettle and wild garlic soup was unbalanced - the soup was under seasoned and a bit bland and the blue wigmore cheese in the tortellini overwhelmed everything else on the dish. The pork main was ok if small but the boulangeres potatoes seemed to have been hanging around for a long time to the point where they tasted more like a chunk of pommes anna and were not very nice. The Skrei cod was well cooked and tasty but the champagne sauce and other garnishes were scanty and did not taste of very much. However, we were united in our enjoyment of the dessert, the caramelised white chocolate mousse - but blowed if I could taste the wonderful English Whisky - definitely a fan of this wonderful local distillery! We chose the viognier from the wine list which coped very well with the pork and cod. However, £55 for a wine that can be bought for around £17.50 does represent a pretty steep mark up, even if par for the course for high end restaurants.

The couple at the next table was having the tasting menu. The a la carte portions are pretty much the same size. To be honest, we came away still hungry to the point where my wife got up in the middle of the night for biscuits and cheese!

Came away having had a pleasant if not great time and not quite sure what kind of restaurant Benedicts wants to be.

ps the wine list should be on the website, particularly as the menus offer flights of wines with the various courses

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3  Thank Christopher L
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