Friday 24 April 2020

Brix and Bones - Norwich

1st floor
Unit A
68 London Street
NR2 1JT 


When Jeff from Gonzo's Tea Room told me about plans to open a new breakfast and steak restaurant up on the first floor above Gonzos I was so excited. When he later told me that Tam and Ellen (formerly Olives) would be joining the team I was over the moon! Just before launching in March 2020 I was invited along to sample a breakfast showcasing what the kitchen team were capable of offering to the lucky people of Norwich. Without a doubt this was the finest breakfast I've ever had the pleasure of eating and the team at Brix and Bones were clearly so excited about the launch the following week. The launch was a huge success but Covid 19 sadly reared it's ugly head the following week closing all bars and restaurants. I decided to write a blog post on Brix and Bones to show you what to expect when it can finally re-open again.

The dining area is spacious with large tables beside the windows and smaller tables in the centre. The natural light in here is incredible, an instagrammers dream! If you enjoy people watching there are excellent views of London Street down below. 

Sauces here are by Stokes based in Suffolk. I love their sauces but the food was so damn good I can honestly say it wasn't needed. I was eating in the afternoon so decided a beer was perfectly acceptable. I went for Chewy by Redwell Brewery, a wonderful passion fruit IPA.

When the breakfast arrived I was blown away by the flavours, presentation and selection of items on the plate.  I always start with the tomato as it's my least favourite item on a breakfast. Not the case here though, the flavour in this slow roasted tomato was unreal! Meats are supplied by Clarkes Butchers in Hevingham, I loved the choice of pork sausage which worked perfectly on this breakfast. Dry cured and smoked back bacon are served here and cooked over flames, this really is the dream breakfast! The legendary Fruit Pig Company supply the black pudding, certainly the best out there in my opinion. The beans are homemade and have the thick consistency I always like to see when eating beans. The mushrooms are cooked in butter for the ultimate flavour, so tasty!

The sourdough served here is exceptional and cooked over flames, it's supplied by Two Magpies Bakery on Timberhill. There was also bacon fat fried slice, easily the best fried bread I've ever tasted! The beef fat hash brown and bubble & squeak were both to die for too, insane flavours and textures. Finally the eggs which you can order anyway you like, I tried scrambled which was so good I'll probably order them every time. So there we have it, the best breakfast I've ever eaten and this was before they had even officially launched.

A week later and the menu was released offering something for everyone, featuring impressive veggie and vegan options too. "Wham bam thank you Tam" is definitely the one I'll be choosing, love the name of this breakfast! Sadly with the country currently in lockdown we all need to sit tight until restaurants can re-open again. One thing is for sure though, the already strong breakfast scene in Norwich has been taken to another level by Brix and Bones.