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Owners of Moco Kitchen street food van set to open café in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:57 20 April 2020 | UPDATED: 12:17 20 April 2020

The Moco Kitchen team who are opening their first cafe in Norwich Picture: Moco Kitchen

The Moco Kitchen team who are opening their first cafe in Norwich Picture: Moco Kitchen

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Moco Kitchen has been serving up tasty tacos and bao buns at events across Norfolk for the last year - and it is now set to get a permanent Norwich home.

Asian fusion tacos from Moco Kitchen Picture: Moco KitchenAsian fusion tacos from Moco Kitchen Picture: Moco Kitchen

Since launching on Mother’s Day in 2019 at Redwell Brewery in Trowse, Moco Kitchen has built up a successful catering business from a converted horse box.

It was started by best friends Nina Gooda and Lucy Hurrell, who decided to finally follow their dream while on maternity leave. They run it with Lucy’s husband Tom and Nina’s partner Ed Stenner.

Miss Gooda and Mrs Hurrell met at school, before working together cleaning cutlery at Adlard’s restaurant, which was owned by Mrs Hurrell’s dad David Adlard’s and was at the time the only place with a Michelin star in Norwich.

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From the van, they serve street food with an Asian twist and items on the menu include Mexican-style soft shell tacos, bao buns and brownies.

Before the outbreak of coronavirus they took the next step and bought 80 Connaught Road, off Dereham Road, and are planning to turn it into a new café called Connaught Kitchen.

Chocolate fudge brownies Picture: Moco KitchenChocolate fudge brownies Picture: Moco Kitchen

Mrs Gooda, 32, who lives in Eaton, said: “We used to all live on Connaught Road and we would look at the building and say we would do something one day.

“It was a bicycle shop for 18 years and then went up for auction in November last year and we had to go for it.

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“We will completely gut it out as it is run down and we will serve breakfast, brunch and tapas and wine.

“We want it to have a real community vibe and a place that young families can come. We will keep Moco as our outside catering business and use the café as a base for it where we can do pop-up taco and bao bun nights.”

During lockdown they are running Taco Tuesday delivery with three tacos, with a choice of shin of beef, pulled pork or a vegan option, with a brownie for £12 or £20 for two.

Message Moco Kitchen Catering on Instagram or email hellomocokitchen@gmail.com to order.


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