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Norwich: Jay Rayner praises XO Kitchen and L’Hexagone

Published:
15:02 September 18, 2022



Updated:
15:33 September 18, 2022

Food critic Jay Rayner praised two downtown restaurants for “simple things done really well” in his latest review.

Mr Rayner wrote of his recent trip to L’Hexagone, in Lower Goat Lane, and XO Kitchen, St Georges Street, in The Guardian.

In the article, he describes L’Hexagone as “the little French restaurant that really can”.

He added: “It’s the kind of place we could all do more of – when money is tight and we have to take our pleasures with care.”


Jay Rayner
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It boasts its lunch dishes such as Niçoise salad, steak frites and steak tartare as well as desserts including crème brûlée and vanilla panna cotta.

On his travels around the city, chef Jimmy Preston’s XO Kitchen was also visited by the world famous chef.

He said he “loves the slapping flavors”.


Gemma Aubrit-Layfield and Thomas Aubrit are opening a new French bistro in the back streets of Norwich.  Image

Gemma Aubrit-Layfield and Thomas Aubrit are opening a new French bistro in the back streets of Norwich. Photo: Ella Wilkinson
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XO Kitchen has moved to a new location on St Georges Street in Norwich.  The popular restaurant is run

XO Kitchen is run by Dani Mason and Chef Jimmy Preston
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“Come for the char sui pork belly, both charred and wobbly under a jaw-dropping rust-colored sauce, with a heap of pickled cucumber and a dollop of Norwich-appropriate Colman mustard,” he wrote.

Particular praise was also given to the BBQ hispi cabbage with black bean vinaigrette, with Mr Rayner describing the dressing as “absolute genius”.



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