New dining experience planned for King’s Lynn High Street

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Plans are underway to open a new restaurant in Lynn’s High Street offering flavours from all over the world.

The Soul Cafe and Restaurant is being set up by Helen Payne, who will be its manager, her partner Olivier Vati, who is the chef, and her sister, Tamsin Payne, who will be working front of house.

Olivier is from Guadeloupe, a French Caribbean island, and has worked as a chef for more than 16 years in a wide range of cuisines and countries. Most recently he has been working as head chef at the College of West Anglia but left to concentrate on opening Soul Cafe. Previously Olivier and Helen, who grew up in Boughton, had been running a catering company in Cape Town, South Africa.

Helen said: “Soul Cafe and Restaurant will have a relaxed but up-market vibe serving a seasonal British-Fusion menu, with influences from all over Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. During the day we will serve breakfasts and light lunches, coffees and home-made cakes. From 3pm onwards we will serve a world tapas, sharing platters and snacks menu, with fine wines and cocktails. The evening menu will be rosette-style British-Fusion meals, including some traditional favourites.”

It is anticipated the venue at 103 High Street will open at the beginning of August subject to licences and permissions being granted.

All meals will be cooked in an open kitchen allowing customers to see Olivier the Chef at work preparing their food.

Said Helen: “We are currently in the process of applying for licences and various council permissions and, pending these, will have some building work to do to prepare the venue. However we are hoping to open in the beginning of August.”