This is the third week of our plan to eat at every food stall at Norwich market this year.
WEEK 3 : Chimneys
Now that I’m safely back from Lisbon, Nathan and I can return to our schedule of weekly visits to food outlets at Norwich market which we select randomly. Nathan didn’t ask me to add this, but if he looks tired it’s because he very kindly picked me up from Luton Airport early this morning so he’s a little sleep deprived now. But he’s young, he’ll cope.
I’m very much a creature of habit, so having options thrust upon us requires an element of experimentation and a voyage of discovery. Here’s the first menu board and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the whole concept.
And the second board.
There’s a helpful explanation of what the food is on another board and the fresh preparation is something that they take seriously. They’re often served in Prague where they’re also known as Trdelník, with the ice cream option being a more recent innovation. The chimneys are made by wrapping dough around a stick which is then grilled and then the toppings added.
The service was warm, engaging and personable. It took a little short of ten minutes for the food to be prepared, but that’s much better than having something rushed out. The guy serving is just one of those people that you want to will on to do well, he’s clearly passionate and proud of what he’s doing. We were the only two customers at the stand and I wonder how many visitors he gets, but he absolutely deserves to be busy given his personable nature.
Nathan scares me sometimes….
I went for the same as Nathan as I thought he went for the best option, the large freshly baked chimney with pistachios and peanuts. We went for the traditional option of not having ice cream in it, as we’re very health conscious. The portion size is substantial and this was about as much as I would have been able to manage, with Nathan debating taking some of it to work as an afternoon snack.
A generous portion of Nutella was provided inside of the chimney, which was easier to eat then it might look. It was tasty with the nuts adding texture and the Nutella extra flavour, with the dough itself being light and fluffy. The food cost £5 (and they accept cards, which is very handy) and although it’s not the sort of food that I’d usually think of ordering, it was tasty and the freshly made element was a bonus. The strongest element was the service, which felt authentic and genuine. Another market stall that I’d recommend for a little (or large) lunchtime snack.