Biryani Hut and Trongs make TripAdvisor’s list of top 10 Ipswich restaurants - how many have you been to?

Trong's is the most highly rated restaurant in Ipswich according to TripAdvisor members

Trong's is the most highly rated restaurant in Ipswich according to TripAdvisor members - Credit: Lucy taylor

From delicious seafood restaurants to lively Turkish eateries that offer entertainment as well as great food, Ipswich is awash with fantastic eateries.

Michala Trong taking bookings at the popular Trong's

Michala Trong taking bookings at the popular Trong's - Credit: Lucy taylor

Here we look at the 10 most highly recommended on TripAdvisor. Is your favourite in the list? Or is there one you think should be there.

1. Trongs, St Nicholas Street

Trongs steamed seabass

Trongs steamed seabass - Credit: Archant

One recent reviewer wrote: “Finally managed to try this place after hearing good things about it and was not disappointed.

“Staff and service were excellent and the food couldn’t be praised any higher with a large selection of great dishes on offer.

“Even though my father in law paid for the meal for four, he agreed the cost was great value for money. I’m sure I will be visiting again very soon.”

Twenty5, Ipswich - Chef Mel Tillett

Twenty5, Ipswich - Chef Mel Tillett

2. At Twenty5, St Nicholas Street

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Reviewer Becky B wrote: “My boyfriend and I came here for an early Valentine’s meal.

“We were not disappointed! I had the scallops to start which were cooked perfectly! My boyfriend had the roasted carrot soup which he really enjoyed! (I may have sneaked a few spoonfuls and loved it too!) I had the sirloin steak which was delicious and accompanied by a garlic and herb butter! My boyfriend had the burger and his only disappointment was being too full to have a pudding! I was sold on the creme brûlée and we are definitely looking to come back soon.”

See our review here3. Alaturka, Great Colman Street

Belly dancing at Alaturka Restaurant.
Manager Semra Avcikaya with dancer Cielo Avila

Belly dancing at Alaturka Restaurant. Manager Semra Avcikaya with dancer Cielo Avila - Credit: Archant

Coming highly recommended by Mr Thomas, who wrote: “This is a lovely restaurant with a pleasant, relaxed vibe and seems very authentically Turkish. The food is very tasty and the menu varied - it’s definitely not all about BBQ meat...although consequently, this does put it at the higher end of the price range.

“Its proximity to the Regent means it is convenient for show-goers. Book as early as you can if you are on a tight schedule and if not, book in well afterwards as the pre-show rush did seem to overwhelm the kitchen on the night we were there. It’s not everyday dining but we’ll certainly be back!”

See our review here4. Bistro on the Quay, Ipswich Waterfront

A TripAdvisor member posted to say: “Had an impromptu idea to have lunch at the bistro and it was well worth it.

Bistro on the Quay, Ipswich Waterfront.

Bistro on the Quay, Ipswich Waterfront. - Credit: Archant

“Delicious menu and at a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend.”

5. The Veggie Red Lion, Great Bricett

Giving it a five-star rating, a diner said: “We aren’t vegetarians and never will be but heard such good reviews of the Red Lion that we had to go and try it.

The Red Lion pub in Great Bricett

The Red Lion pub in Great Bricett

“It’s a lovely old building with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

“The food was wonderful, staff very friendly and we will be going back! Regularly.”

6. Mariner’s Restaurant, Neptune Quay, Ipswich Waterfront

Syed Ahmed at the Biryani Hut.

Syed Ahmed at the Biryani Hut. - Credit: Su Anderson

This week a customer posted to say: “The efficiency here is all one can ask for, my email reservation was dealt with swiftly and without a problem.

“Four of us had an excellent dinner without the possibility to complain, our waiter was well trained and very helpful, other staff too showed care and good customer service.

“We chose from an interesting ‘a la carte’ and our wines too were much enjoyed, we had a lovely evening and shall hope to return for a re-run at this comfortable and interesting venue. Thanks to you all for a really splendid dinner.”

Momentum Cafe in Ipswich.

Momentum Cafe in Ipswich. - Credit: Su Anderson

7. Biryani Hut, Princes Street

Technically not a restaurant, but overwhelmingly popular with customers. One said: “Great food, great prices. All of the food tastes exceptional and is great value for money.

“The meal deals are particular favourites. The menu covers small bites to meals. Always pleased with the portions and quality of food. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Indian cuisine. My tip would be to try the meat samosas or the lamb shish kebab wrap.”

Zaika restaurant, St Nicholas Street

Zaika restaurant, St Nicholas Street

8. Momentum Mexican Cantina, St Nicholas Street

Earlier this week, a diner said: “My girlfriend and I booked for a Friday evening and it was perfect!

“The host was extremely attentive and the food was to die for!

“Fantastic service would highly recommend if you want authentic Mexican cuisine in a friendly atmosphere.”

9. Zaika, St Nicholas Street, Ipswich

A satisfied customer offered this review: “Food is excellent - consistently one of the best curries ever (tasty without being overly spiced) and the service and welcome is as polite, courteous and old-fashioned in its attentiveness as I have ever experienced.

“The restaurant is small and intimate so you need to book well in advance.

“They do offer take-away and this is the same high standard of food and service as for those eating in as long as you are prepared to collect.”

10. Kwan Thai, St Nicholas Street

A reviewer said: “I’ve eaten here a number of times, and have never been disappointed!

“The food always tastes amazing and is well presented, you’ll need to book in advance for weekends as it’s a well thought of restaurant and for good reason.

“Great for couples, groups or families with a lovely atmosphere inside.”

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