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* Looking for restaurant week August 2013? * …is now bi-annually! Starting next week, 8th - 14th August, visit these top restaurants for a cheap eat. We’d recommend any of these at only £10 each: 2 Courses and a glass of wine at 1OAK1 Course and a glass of wine at Cafe Buee at The Side2 Courses for £10 at Hotel du Vin2 Courses for £10 at Malmaison2 Courses for £10 at Marco Polo2 Courses for £10 at Babucho2 Courses…
Had a late afternoon jaunt to Olive & Bean this week for a quick sandwich - honey roast ham, grilled halloumi cheese and mango chutney granary baguette, with kettle chips and home made coleslaw (£5.99). The sandwiches may be a slightly pricey, but they are very good. Go and check them out on Clayton Street - their cakes are massive and tasty as well!
Curiously devoid of “Flavours”. Flavours Indian Buffet (NE1 5PY). To keep this short and sweet - don’t waste your money (£7.95 evening buffet) on these flavourless, textureless, bizarrely watery curries. For similar prices you can visit tons of places with 3-5-course menus (The Raj, Rupali, etc.). It takes something special for me to leave any trace of curry behind on the plate - this happened five times with their five available curries. Gets one point for passable starters and edible poppadums…
“Jesmond” location inflates prices.
Having been to trendy As You Like It (NE2 1DB) on many (drunken) occasions, we had never ventured to the upstairs restaurant – something that changed recently given a recent Groupon voucher.
A quick peep at some of the food I consumed during this year’s (excellent but very rainy) EAT NewcastleGateshead!
Fenkle Street restaurant at Hotel Indigo to open early next year, reports The Journal. Look forward to seeing what he can offer, and getting a review to you guys in 2012!
Scores much higher than a SIX.
Flying up the glass elevator at the front of the Baltic (NE8 3BA) takes you to one of the highest and greatest views in Newcastle – not a bad place to try some of the best food the city has to offer.
First time at Gorman’s (of Westerhope) fish & chips – very nice.
Truly great pub food.
In the morning, Blagdon farm shop brings out freshly made sausage rolls - still warm, on the counter at the till. It’s not hyperbole when I say these are the best sausage rolls you can get in the North East! Amazing. 89p each. Blagdon Farm Shop NE13 6DA
La Gabbia is now CLOSED – will get a post on replacement, Ernest, ASAP
We visited La Gabbia (NE2 1AP) after getting a recent voucher on Groupon, which I can only hope has boosted this restaurants profile – it’s location is a little out of the way but charming nonetheless.
Lunchtime snack from the aforementioned Sachins in Fenwick’s food hall - onion bhaji (£1.15), vegetable samosa (£1.15), peshwari naan (£1.35). Bhajis are a bit greasy when not reheated but gorgeously spicy all the same.
Ultra-creamy fig ice-cream cone from Doddington dairy hits the spot on a lovely spring day. Check out their stall just outside the Civic Centre - today only!