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It’s Newcastle Restaurant Week!
One of my favourite foodie events returns to the Toon on Monday 21st January 2019. And I’m pretty sure there’s more eateries than ever signed up. Throughout the week over 100 restaurants are offering exclusive menus and bargain deals.
But how do you choose where to eat when there’s so much choice?
Well, to help you make an informed decision, I’ve put together my favourite places for dining in Newcastle along with the deals they’re offering for one week only. I’ve added in a few spots that I’ve yet to try but have my eye on for Newcastle Restaurant Week 2019.
FYI: This is alphabetical order, rather than favouritism…
Ski lodge vibes, home cooked Bavarian food and an endless cocktail menu, this place is everything you need to beat the post-Christmas blues.
Antler have an impressive menu for Newcastle Restaurant Week, including a Camembert starter, a platter consisting of currywurst, pizza AND halloumi fries, Chicken Schnitzel, Goulash and many more traditional German and Austrian dishes. Sometimes restaurant week menus can be sparse, but this one has a really good variety. It’s definitely made my hit list.
Offer: 2 Courses for £10.00 between 12.00pm until 4.00pm, Monday to Sunday or 2 Courses for £15.00 after 4.00pm (excluding Saturday evenings).
If you love Thai food, you can’t go wrong with Chaophraya. And the restaurant week menu hasn’t disappointed either. With all the most popular Thai dishes including Spring Rolls and Pork Dumplings to start and Pad Thai or Green Curry for the main event, you’ll get an authentic experience for a bargain price. I’d recommend the Chicken Thai Tacos if you like a little spice.
Offer: 2 Courses for £10.00 or 3 Courses for £15.00. Available between 12.00pm and 7.00pm, Sunday to Friday or 12.00pm until 4.00pm on Saturday.
Colonel Porter’s Emporium
Still one of my favourite venues, this quirky spot doesn’t just knock up cracking food but is perfect for drinks in a truly wonderful setting. For Newcastle Restaurant Week 2019, Colonel Porter’s menu will make your mouth water. The starter of Chicken and Black Pudding Terrine with Picalilli and Toasted Hazelnuts is ticking every box. They’re also serving Sea Bass and Belly Pork for the second course and Lemon Possett, Cheesecake and Chocolate Pudding to finish.
Offer: 2 Courses for £10.00 or 3 Courses for £15.00, valid throughout the week.
Gusto recently reinvented their menu and I popped along to sample a few dishes. They wanted to take the ingredients, recipes and even the inspiration for their cocktails back to their Milanese roots. I was really impressed with their hearty and homemade Italian food. They’ve created a whole bunch of Vegan options too. Now, you all know I’m the furthest thing from meat-free but their Oven Roasted Cauliflower steak was actually delicious. Luckily for you, it features on their restuarant week menu, along with Creamy Rigatoni and a Roast Chicken dish. To kick off your meal, however, you need the Sicilian Arancini – rice balls stuff with slow cooked beef ragu and Gran Moravia cheese.
Offer: 2 Courses for £10.00 or 3 Courses for £15.00, available all week excluding Saturdays after 5.00pm.
Ah, the Holy Hobo. A cool, edgy venue that teams industrial vibes with neon lights and, of course, some damn good food. We had a lush little date night here when it first came on the scene. With a relaxed atmosphere, good selection of craft ales and a round or two of pool, it’s right up our street. Their Newcastle Restaurant Week menu is awesome too. So much choice! I recommend the Halloumi Fries to start and a Kebab for your main. Their posh kebab dishes are customisable, so you can choose salad, sauce, filling and sides. I chose the Moroccan Lamb – trust me, you won’t regret it! There’s also burgers, salads and grilled cheese sourdoughs available.
Offer: 2 Courses for £10.00 or 3 Courses for £15.00, available throughout the week.
Another Newcastle delight that I’ve not yet had chance to visit. This place gets rave reviews and their Instagram can take your from food coma to absolutely starving again in less than a millisecond. Traditional and authentic Greek cuisine, Kafeneon is offering Greek Salad Bruschetta, Hummus and Tzatziki with Pitta or Halloumi Fries as their starters throughout restaurant week. Moving on, you’ll have the option of the Bigg Fat Greek Gyros, Beef Stifado, Meze, Chicken Feta or Moussaka. The gyros has my name allll over it. With a slab of Baklava to finish please.Photo Credit: Kafeneon Gallery
Offer: 2 Courses for £10.00 or 3 Courses for £15.00, available throughout the week.
I’ve been craving Spanish flavours since our return from Andalucia in September and Kaltur’s restaurant offering hasn’t helped. The whole menu is available during Newcastle Restaurant Week, they’re simply offering 20% off instead of an exclusive or set menu. I absolutely adore the concept of tapas, being able to share, nibble and experiment – all whilst drinking Sherry or a good Sangria. Dreamy. I’ve heard rave reviews about their Chorizo in Cider and Patatas Bravas.Photo Credit: @kalturfood
Offer: 20% off all food throughout the week. (According to their Facebook page).
Mannaza Korean Grill House serves up authentic Korean cuisine in the heart of China Town. I’m intrigued by the concept of this venue – in the middle of each table is a grill, allowing you to cook your own dishes! Only some dishes are available for the self-grill station, but what a unique little dining experience? The menu for Restaurant Week is quite extensive too, with a good range or meat, seafood and veggie options. I’m currently a little obsessed with Korean food so I’m really looking forward to paying this spot a visit.Photo Credit: @mannaza_newcastle
Offer: 2 Courses and a Soft Drink for £15.00, available Monday to Friday.
Fancy Indian? Out of all the Indians I’ve tried in the city so far, I think this just edges the competition to win the top spot. They have a cracking menu for Newcastle Restaurant Week, including my favourite starter of Salmon Tikka and currys to suit every spice level. They’re also leaving it down the opinions of restaurant week diners to update their menu. Sachins have reinvented their Makhani dish and if you order it, you can try both the old recipe and the new one in order to place a vote and help decide which one should stay!
Offer: 2 Courses + 1 Side for £15.00, available Monday to Saturday.
The Earl of Pitt Street
A hidden gem, The Earl of Pitt Street looks like a tiny little boozer not far from St James’ Park but upstairs, in a dim and cosy little restaurant, talented folk are creating some truly scrumptious scran. Their exclusive restaurant week menu includes starters of Char Sui Belly Pork, Thai Beef Skewers and a Crab and Cheddar Tart (YES PLEASE). There’s something for everyone on the list on main courses too; Rump Steak, Cod Fillet, Korean Vegetable and noodle Broth, Sea Bass with Gnocchi and a Wild Mushroom Rigatoni. How will you choose? Make sure you save room for serving number 3 though, Sticky Toffee Pud, Salted Caramel Sunday or Indian Spiced Poached Pears cannot be missed.
Offer: 2 Courses for £15.00, available all week.
The French Quarter
Still high on my hit list, I’m ashamed to say I’ve still never got round to visiting The French Quarter. A relaxed wine bar and eatery, the team promise you an authentic French dining experience, without the formality and fuss. The menu may differ between the lunch and dinner service but you can look forward to Mussels and French Onion Soup to begin and Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Risotto or Coq Au Vin with Dauphinois for the main, finishing up with a homemade Chocolate Mousse.Photo Credit: @fqnewcastle
Offer: 2 Courses for £10.00 during lunch service or 2 Courses for £15.00 during dinner service.
Right on the Quayside, Tomahawk is perfect for my carnivorous readers. Proclaimed steak specialists, this lot know how to do the perfect steak – regardless of how you like it. From the ageing process to the prep and the way it’s presented, they’re pros. And during Newcastle Restaurant Week they’re dishing up some scrumptious sounding starters too such as Smoked Salmon and Dill Mousse, Crispy Squid and Smoked Brisket Arancini (I’ll take two, please). As part of the deal, you can chose a Rump Steak for your main, Chicken Supreme, Grilled Coley or Rolled Belly Pork.Photo Credit: @tomahawktoon
Offer: 3 Courses for £15.00, available between 12.00pm and 10.00pm Monday through until Friday, between 12.00pm and 3.00pm on Saturday and 5.00pm until 8.00pm on Sunday.
To be honest, I could go on forever. Newcastle is blessed with a ridiculous amount of high quality dining spots, many of which are getting involved in Restaurant Week this month! You can see the full list of participants over on the GetIntoNewcastle website.
Have you booked anywhere yet? Don’t forget to let me know where you went and what you thought!
Lots of love, LB x