Gluten-free the jungle

Salmon at Jungle Cafe, Beccles. Picture: Urban Jungle

Salmon at Jungle Cafe, Beccles. Picture: Urban Jungle - Credit: Archant

Cafe Jungle launches completely gluten-free Saturday night dining.

Urban Jungle, the plant nursery dedicated to the exotic, tropical and unusual launched its second site in Beccles last year, including the completely gluten-free Café Jungle.

And now, this weekend, the café is set to launch its evening dining menu, bringing wholesome, unique and fresh food to Saturday nights every weekend.

Swing by for a cocktail from 6pm before food is served from 7pm to 9pm amidst the lush, verdant jungle setting.

Many of the vegetables and salads are being grown on site in the Edible Jungle, and there’s a leaning towards Middle Eastern and southern Mediterranean cooking, which lends itself to being gluten-free.

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Share nibbles of house pickles or homemade pork crackling before diving into plates from the land and sea.

Try pan-roasted free-range chicken breast with romesco, almonds and charred spring onions, or slow-cooked brisket with braised leeks and crispy Parmesan polenta croutons. If seafood’s more your thing how about pan-seared cod cheeks with spiced butter and green beans. Or go meat and fish-free by relishing a mixed mezze, sweet potato curry, or zippy fattoush salad, composed with flatbread crisps, cultured yoghurt, sumac, mint and parsley.

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Puddings are indulgent and comforting takes on classics, such as a sticky toffee pear pudding, the café’s very popular double chocolate brownie, and orange marmalade bread and butter pudding, with a foray into the more unusual in a bergamot lemon posset.

Co-owner Liz Browne said: “Put simply, our café is inspired by plants. Anyone who knows us can’t have failed to miss that we’re pretty passionate about them, and first time visitors are always blown away by the concept of bringing the nursery into the café, and the life and abundance of greenery within.

“The informal seating arrangement, squishy sofas and soft cushions lend themselves to a laid back style of eating – taking your time, ordering a few dishes at a time, and sharing with friends and family. Not only are our diners totally embraced by exotic plants we’re also proud to be growing our own beautiful and colourful produce on site. The whole experience is a sensuous feast.”

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