With award-winning restaurant critic, MasterChef judge and writer Jay Rayner coming to Norwich on Thursday 1 September at The Halls, presented by NAC, we thought we’d share some of our staff’s favourite local restaurants and their last supper menu choices.
Imagine you are about to die.
You have one meal left.
What are you going to have?
It’s the question Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. It happened so often that he decided the time had come to investigate the concept of the last supper and why it intrigues us so. In this show, based on his new book, Jay Rayner investigates our fascination with last suppers and tells the stories of the killer dishes that would end up on his table.
My Last Supper with Jay Rayner Tickets available HERE
Staff recommendations are all within walking distance to The Halls so would make great pre-show supper stops. A 6pm-6.30 booking would be ideal for an 8pm start…
Ellie, Arts Admin Assistant
Pasta & cocktail bar tucked away in the Norwich Lanes on Pottergate. ‘Eat Good Pasta, drink cocktails and have a good time!’
Last supper choice: Pappardelle with beef ragu with a side of sourdough & whipped garlic butter. Served with Victor’s Spritz cocktail (gin, pear liquer, dry vermouth, cucumber, lime, prosecco)
Kelly, Comms & Development Manager
This long-standing Japanese restaurant in leafy Tombland, which was in fact highly recommended by Jay Rayner himself, serves authentic Japanese cuisine from all you can eat sushi to perfectly portioned bento boxes.
Last supper choice: Yasai Age Gyoza deep-fried vegetable dumplings to start. Dinner Time Bento Salmon Teriyaki for main served with a bottle of Asahi
“The sushi is terrific, not just for East Anglia but for anywhere in Britain. It’s a meal of simple joys that restores my faith.”—Jay Rayner, The Guardian, 2016
Haggle is a true meeting of East to West, offering succulent, mangal grilled meats and mouth-watering mezze selections. With its unique combination of aromatic and vast flavouring Haggle caters to every palate.
Last supper choice: Hummus, fzme, fava, falafel, çoban salata served with a Turkish rosé and followed by a Turkish coffee.
“Our philosophy has always been that eating food should not just be a simple meal but rather a sensory, visual and spiritual experience.” Haggle Owner and Founder
Afiya, Youth Engagement Coordinator
Laid-back restaurant offering Korean comfort food like fried chicken, rice dishes & Kimchi soup. Alll the dishes pack a punch!
Last supper choice: All in one rice bowl- Combo! Served with a mango soda.
Alika, NAC admin kickstarter
Tasty wood-fired pizzas! Combining the culinary prowess of Neapolitan food culture, with the best local ingredients and a splash of innovation, Brick remains true to it’s roots. You can enjoy your pizza in the St Peter Mancroft Church gardens on a warm evening.
Last supper choice: Porcini pizza, a side of Nocellara olives with a glass of fizz!
The Bicycle Shop
Lucy, Young Norfolk Arts Director
Part of our St Benedict’s Street family, The Bicycle Shop is a pretty fronted bar / restaurant serving local, fresh tapas style dishes. Dine in cosy corners amongst candles and plants.
Last supper choice: Roast Mediterranean vegetables with a chilli crumb & hazelnut romesco sauce served with a glass of wine recommended by David!