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Eat Around the World in Suffolk's Foodie Town

With a bit of planning and a little bit of inspiration, you can enjoy a gastronomic trip around the world, without venturing outside of Bury St Edmunds! With so many cuisines and unusual flavours on offer, and restaurants which pride themselves on authenticity, you can taste your way around the world in Bury St Edmunds!

Italian

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Fresh, delicious and cooked in real woodfired ovens, Dough and Co offer a menu of beautiful Italian pizza all made with ingredients straight from Italy and by real chefs. Pizza topping combinations such as Gorgonzola, pears, walnuts and ham, and artichoke, black olives and pesto are sure to tempt your tastebuds, or why not choose a massive charcuterie board to share. There’s a great choice of desserts and a menu of local beers, ciders and ales.

If you can’t get enough of the Italian taste then remember to visit Carluccio’s in the Arc Shopping Centre with its expansive breakfast menu, antipasti, freshly baked breads, soups and salads. Pizza Express is a firm favourite with a great kids’ menu and veggie and vegan options. Prezzo is located on the historic Abbeygate Street, with a lovely position nearby the gardens. Book a table to enjoy pizza, pasta, salad, grills and desserts.

French

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To experience modern French fine dining, look no further than the award-winning Maison Bleue. Chef Pascal Canevet and his team use the finest local seasonal delicacies to craft artistic dishes that you will be talking about for weeks. With menus for lunch, dinner and Saturday dinner and daily menu or a la carte to choose from there is an opportunity to eat out at any point in the week.

Although the menu changes in line with the seasonal produce, starters have included; pan fried leg and breast of Norfolk quail, raspberry vinegar sauce, roasted black cherry, broccoli puree or the intriguing aubergine caviar, fried organic Sussex Slipcote cheese, sesame seeds, garden pea, balsamic and dark chocolate dressing. Main courses feature Blythburgh pork with beetroot sauce, baby gem lettuce and sweetcorn and free range Sutton Hoo chicken breast and leg ballotine, Morel mushroom sauce, onion grelot and kohlrabi. For dessert, choose from green apple mousse with cocoa butter, salted caramel and hazelnuts, raspberry sorbet, meringue, raspberry puree, vanilla Chantilly amongst many other delights.

The stylish Cote Brasserie boasts a delightful setting, with heated outdoor patio for the summer months and a menu that is sure to please. Starters include crab maison, French onion soup and prawn gratinee and the mains offer a great range of choices including Cassoulet de Toulouse, poulet Breton and moules frites. Desserts include the classic creme brulee, chocolate fondant and praline crepes.

Greek

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For artisan Greek products, fine foods, sweet treats and beverages pay a visit to Papakis’ Deli where you’ll receive a warm welcome. Choose to eat in or takeaway. Delicious meze boxes can be built to your taste with spinach and feta pastries, stuffed vine leaves, feta stuffed peppers, falafel, pitta and taramasalata. Sweet treats include gooey, nutty baklava and delightful Turkish delight. The coffee is great and there are often cakes available if you just want an afternoon pick-me-up. Don’t forget to stock up on ingredients and oils to take home for your own culinary ventures.

Indian

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Enjoy adventurous curries inspired by the Indian sub continents and with recipes handed down through generations at Orissa. Sample Orissa’s unique take on Indian food with starters such as popcorn pakora, garlic chilli mussels and achari lamb chops. The main courses offering poultry and game, seafood and lamb, beef and vegetarian options as well as all the classic curries we know and love and the all important sides. Why not try Orissa’s speciality the homemade Tawa Dum Biriyani; layered curry and rice sealed with a banana leaf to trap the steam and aroma of the dish.

Valley Connection is one of the largest Indian restaurants in Bury St Edmunds and is well-loved by locals. The menu offers a massive range of dishes including starters such as fish tikka, aloo chat and king prawn butterfly. Mains include examples of Southern Bangladeshi cuisine such as Murgh Bahar- a lamb stuffed chicken breast roasted over hot charcoals with garlic, chilli, ginger, onions and green peppers, in a thick tomato sauce. The Tandoori mixed grill is served with naan and the Biryani dishes are served with vegetable curry- you can choose from chicken, lamb and prawn.

Voujon is a stylish restaurant which takes the very best of Indian cooking and mixes it with contemporary style in a modern setting. The carefully curated menu includes starters such as chicken chut puri, sunheri samosa and the classic onion bhaji, followed by tandoori specialities such as tandoori lamb chops, chicken or lamb tikka or mixed grill. The chef’s specialities include king prawn balti, mild and creamy chicken passanda and spicy lamb jalfrezi.

Mediterranean

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Home-cooked, tasty Mediterranean food waits in store at the award winning Francela grill and mezze. Using the freshest ingredients Francela offers a tempting menu of sharing platters and appetisers as well as main meals- perfect for eating out with friends. Highlights from the mezze menu include shakshuka, baba ganoush, garlic shrimps and calamari and the mains include pollo spinaci, kefte- spiced lamb meatballs and char grilled whole sea bream. If you have room for dessert, don’t miss the affogato all amaretto; vanilla ice cream with amaretto liqueur and espresso.

CASA tapas and bar is a firm favourite with locals who visit to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and sharing plates. All food is freshly cooked to order so dishes arrive at intervals throughout the evening creating a constant stream of delicious new things to try. From truffle crisps and marinated artichokes to the best quality breads, oils and aioli to smoky aubergine, chorizo and red wine and the classic padron peppers, there is something for everyone. Make sure you try pork belly with Moroccan potatoes as well as the Spanish meatballs.

Mexican

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Fresh, authentic Mexican food in a family friendly atmosphere awaits you at Amigos in Bury St Edmunds. Fresh ingredients and attention to detail combine to create homemade, healthy and hearty meals. Tuck into tacos with all sorts of fillings; steak and lime, shredded pork, baja fish and avocado all delight the taste buds. Chunky burritos, sizzling fajitas and refreshing salads are also sure to please and the cocktail menu offers margarita, rum punch and tequila sunrise- amongst others. Don’t miss the churros with chocolate as the perfect end to the meal.

Turkish

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The Sheesh is the place to experience premium quality, authentic Turkish BBQ. Fine ingredients and fresh meat and vegetables combine to create kebabs that are just right. Begin with starters such as olives, tarama salad made with whipped cod roe, houmous, stuffed vine leaves and halloumi, before moving onto the mains of chicken sheesh, mixed grill, lamb ribs or grilled kofte. Vegetarians are catered for, with the Iskender; chargrilled vegetables served with a tomato and yogurt sauce on toasted bread, served with salad.

Asian

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One of the finest Chinese takeaways in town, 513 offers delicious rice, noodles, appetisers and main dishes. Deep fried crispy squid, crispy duck and satay chicken are all firm favourites, as well as sweet and sour pork, beef with black pepper sauce and lemon chicken.

Mings Oriental in Abbeygate Street is a high class Chinese fusion restaurant specialising in authentic asian dishes. With a restaurant split over two floors, it is perfect for a gathering or special event. Sample flavours such as honey roasted ribletts with sesame seeds, wok fried pork dumplings and Japanese gyozas. Char Sui buns are also popular, as is the cantonese roast duck and kon chow beef ho fun.

Fans of sushi should look no further than Sakura, a grade I listed building in Bury St Edmunds housing the best in authentic Japanese cuisine. From lunchtime bento boxes, to sharers such as pork gyoza and chicken tori karage and the all important sushi itself, there is plenty to choose from. Don't miss the prawn tempura temaki for that crunchy texture and the tempting and colourful rainbow rolls.

Zen Noodle Bar on Angel Lane is perfect for a quick snack on the go. Choose from the best wok fried noodle dishes, all made fresh to order. The spicy Singapore noodles are a real hit, as is the classic pad thai with peanuts and coriander.

Anyone who enjoys the classic Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet should make their way to Golden City ChineseRestaurant where you can sample all the flavours on offer. Fried noodle dishes, fried rice, prawn toast, chop suey, satay and all the other classics are available.

Wagamama is well known for its excellent ramen, steaming hot bowls of broth topped with fresh vegetables and meat or tofu. Take advantage of a warm mug of complimentary green tea and order several starters to share- the wok fried greens and ebi katsu are well worth trying. Wagamama’s menu caters especially well to vegans, with vegan ribs, vegan katsu curry and the new tempura ‘fish’ with bang bang yaki imo.

Giggling Squid is an excellent choice for lovers of Thai cuisine, with its vibrant decor and cosy booth seating the venue is impeccably stylish. The menu offers dishes crafted with fresh ingredients by expert Thai chefs. Explore the tasty menu with pork dumplings, Phuket mussels. Salt and pepper squid and yummy som tam papaya salad. The turmeric sea bass parcel is cooked to perfection and the rising star red duck curry packs a punch with aubergines and juicy star fruits.

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