Norwich: Table Table
Finding a restaurant to suit all the family is no mean feat. STACIA BRIGGS discovers a place for whinge-free family dining at Table Table at Norfolk Showground.
I'd normally only visit a Premier Inn restaurant if I was staying in the aforementioned inn, but after our trip to Table Table at Norfolk Showground, I've changed my mind.
It can be hard to find a restaurant that everyone in the family can eat at without a cacophony of whinging: but with Table Table's large menu with plenty of child-friendly dishes, it's a breeze.
The restaurant itself is large – and was very busy, which is always a good sign – and service is swift, efficient and very pleasant. You can eat well, and quickly, in a dining room where you're not holding in your elbows for fear of jabbing the family on the next table.
We chose a sharing platter of cheese, chilli and garlic and herb dough balls served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, tomato salsa, guacamole and garlic butter, �3.50, to start and my partner had a prawn cocktail, �4.50, served on salad leaves with tomato, cucumber and the classic Marie Rose sauce and brown bread.
The dough balls were great – lots of different flavours and plenty to share between four – and the prawn cocktail was shared by my daughter, who finds it difficult to keep her hands off other people's food.
For our main course, my partner chose 10oz 21-day matured rump steak, �10.50, served with peas, grilled tomato, a flat mushroom and chunky chips and Bernaise sauce (�1.75 extra) my son a 6oz cheese burger, �7.25, my daugh-ter a jacket potato with baked beans and cheese, �4.50 and I chose from the starter menu, a baked Camembert served with baguette slices and a 'drunken' cranberry compote.
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We added a side dish of battered onion rings, �2.25, because my daughter – despite being a svelte size six – can eat them as if there's no tomorrow.
As with the majority of meals I have with my family, no one can keep their knife and fork to themselves, and my partner's steak was attacked from every angle (other than mine, because I'm vegetarian) and declared to be cooked to perfection.
My Camembert was delicious and, brilliantly, its 2/3 size meant that there weren't acres of gooey cheese left over as is often the case. Even so, we still asked for extra bread to cope with the diners unable to stick to what they'd ordered from the menu.
The children hoovered up their main courses and we were all impressed by the portion sizes – you're not going to leave the table hungry at Table Table.
There are plenty of desserts to choose from: so many, in fact, that there's a tasting plate option where you can choose three tasters for �5.50 from a selection of main menu desserts including baked vanilla cheesecake, profiteroles, Eton mess, pecan tart, Belgian waffles, ice cream, lemon frangipane tart and ginger and orange torte.
My son, however, had his eye on something altogether larger. He chose the ultimate sharing sundae, �5.99, a giant-size wine glass packed with vanilla and Belgian chocolate truffle ice-cream, profiteroles, chocolate fudge brownie, warm chocolate fudge sauce, chocolate crunch and whipped cream.
I very nobly fulfilled the 'sharing' part of the deal, but even with two of us chipping away at the chocolate moun-tain, we were ultimately defeated. It was a delicious defeat, however.
My daughter chose caramel apple crumble, �3.99, apple crumble smothered with sweet, sticky caramel served with either custard, cream or ice-cream. The portion was large, but Ruby polished off hers in record time.
Including drinks, our bill came to �51.46, very reasonable for four greedy diners. We'd definitely visit Table Table again, although next time I'll put up a fence around my Camembert so that no one can steal it before I've had my fill.
Open: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.
Prices: Starters from �1.75, mains from �4.99, desserts from �3.25.
Vegetarian options: Good selection
Wheelchair access: Yes