A first look inside the new luxe Mediterranean restaurant in Downham Market
A brand new luxury dining experience opened in Downham yesterday, to offer locals a diverse and delicious menu.
Cave Kitchen, the latest venture by businessman Uygar Karakus, is located on Bridge Street, in the building once occupied by the Downham Fryer.
Upon entering Cave, one is transported into a shell-pink, sleek interior that feels more like an evening on holiday in the Med than a sleepy Norfolk town.
Light piano music plays as guests are served a variety of freshly made dishes, including seabass, jumbo king prawns, sizzling lamb and succulent chicken iskander(a Turkish favourite).
No stranger to the locals, Mr Karakus, who also manages Rumbles Fish Bar, has attracted a clientèle base that has been loyal to him for years.
One customer said: "It's so nice to have somewhere like this in Downham, we needed a different kind of dining experience and it's exciting to see Uygar, who we've known for years at Rumbles, branch out."
The service was quick and the food cooked to perfection, with staff on hand to offer friendly and attentive service.
A range of drinks and desserts were on offer, including cult classic Oreo Cheesecake, which added a modern flourish to a timeless menu.
A selection of exotic meat, vegetarian and fish dishes to try will ensure returning customers to the already popular restaurant, which has received over a hundred bookings.
The chicken was especially tender, served with fresh yoghurt and just the right amount of seasoning.
Not forgetting the basics however, a bowl of Turkish flatbread was served alongside the meal, as the perfect companion to the thick sauce from the main.
Mr Karakus has put Downham on the map, serving up decadence but also a warm local feel from his years as a well known figure in the town.
A great place to celebrate the lifting of lockdown.