Who knew that chips could be fancy? Not just splash of vinegar, sprinkle of salt (always that way so the salt sticks) and a good squirt of ketchup.
Oh no! Now a very cool little restaurant in Norwich is doing the most amazing toppings for your chips - and the name? Hot Chip. Mum and I have had a voucher for ages and have been meaning to go and try them, in fact we've even gone past a few times and not gone in - a huge mistake it turns out now.
The tiny shop is wheelchair friendly which makes a very pleasant change from waiting outside small shops and the guy serving was really friendly and helpful. You can eat in or take away; but we decided to take away.
Back to the toppings though - you can have everything from the classic salt and vinegar, to garlic mayo and even fresh herbs and those are just the basic toppings. They also do some that are whole meals in themselves - I was keen to try the VEGGIE - pan-fried haloumi cheese & mango salsa, the SUNDAY ROAST - roast beef, peas, horseradish cream & rich onion gravy and the SPANIARD - pan fried chorizo, melting Manchego cheese & quince salsa.
Today though we used our voucher for a small taster of the YANKEE - with their special tomato sauce, it came wrapped in newspaper like grease-proof paper, complete with printed stories, as you'd expect from chip shops of old. We were also tempted to try the NEW YORKER - beef pastrami, gherkins & melting Swiss cheese - I'm a sucker for this combination and it did not disappoint.
The chips were delicious, the toppings yummy and a really lovely treat, much posher than your day-to-day fish and chips. I now can't wait to go back again and try the rest of the menu!
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.