Ipswich offers a tasty selection of dining options, from spicy sausage and seared steak to sushi and sashimi. Celebrate a different world cuisines at every meal, and of course, wash down your meal with each country’s beer selection. Every restaurant is an easy walk from the charming town centre and our Town Centre (Quayside) hotel. Here are just a few of the best restaurants in Ipswich to help you get started.
Restaurants in Ipswich
Bistro on the Quay
We kick off our round-up of the best restaurants in Ipswich with a taste of the orient at Takayama, serving a blend of Japanese and Korean cuisine. It’s no wonder that customers vote this gem the best restaurant in town on TripAdvisor. The blow-torched salmon nigiri melts in your mouth and comes highly recommended, and make sure you wash down your fresh sushi, noodle dishes and rice bowls with Sapporo and Asahi Japanese beers.
Make the most of the central location of our Quayside hotel and explore the historic waterfront of Ipswich. The old warehouses have now become a culture spot filled with activity, including the Bistro on the Quay restaurant overlooking the marina. Expect excellent seasonal dishes covering an international menu, all served within an attractive converted salt warehouse (complete with floor to ceiling windows and original wooden beams). You’ll also find great bistro food if you visit At Twenty5, a family-run restaurant in a quaint old building in the town centre with a pretty courtyard for sunny days. The gigantic burgers are spectacular, and you can be sure that everything on the menu has been created from carefully sourced fresh ingredients. The dessert menu is wicked – think chocolate brownies, cheesecake and decadent tortes – and you can also catch specials such as their regular moules nights.
Or if it’s moorish mezze that you’re craving, look no further than Casablanca for sharing platters of cheesy delights, chargrilled prawns and plenty of flatbreads to scoop up the creamy hummus. Moroccan and Lebanese influences provide a creatively spiced alternative to typical menus, yet proudly using organic ingredients sourced locally from within East Anglia.
Alaturka Restaurant’s bright turquoise frontage will draw you in, where you’ll find a cosy red interior and traditional Turkish fare – there’s not a dirty doner kebab in sight! Food includes charcoal BBQ grills, plentiful mezze platters and traditional kebabs. They open their doors from Tuesday to Saturday, also offering a Turkish bazaar and small market for purchasing traditional goods and gifts. And for the full experience, join them on one of their belly dancing nights. Enjoy the music and dancing, and even try out the moves yourselves in between your falafels and lamb koftas!
Or for the classic favourites and a friendly, family-focused service, check out Trongs Chinese and their extensive menu. It’s popular with locals and is busy almost every night, and after a few visits you won’t need to consult the menu – you’ll be happy to leave it to Foo to serve you with their top dishes. If you prefer an Indian, Maharani is the place to be. Sample their perfectly spiced versions of your favourites, or follow the staff’s suggestions to discover something new from Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.