It’s that time of year again, folks. Newcastle Restaurant Week is coming up and we couldn’t be more excited. This is the week in which Newcastle’s best eateries get to showcase their wares and foodies get to chow down on incredible food at amazing prices.
With over 60 participating restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. So which ones should you look out for? We’ve put together a list of our top six faves to help you get the most out of Restaurant Week.
Pleased To Meet You
Come for the food, stay for the gin
Like so many of Newcastle’s best spots, Pleased To Meet You is tucked away down a little side street. Despite this, it has established itself as a go-to place for some classy, high quality food and drink. PTMY manages to strike the perfect balance between rustic and refined in both its menus and atmosphere; cocktails, sharing platters, champagne, burgers, oysters… if it’s choice that you’re after then this is definitely the place to go. The real star of the show, however, is their G&T selection; with over 50 gins, 8 tonics and 15 garnishes, there are endless unique combinations for gin enthusiasts to concoct their signature drink.
Pleased To Meet You, 41-51 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1EW
0191 340 5137
What bar? dAt bAr
This gastro bar is located just off the beautiful Grey Street, nestled up against the Theatre Royal; it is born of the latest culinary movement to take quality and authenticity very seriously and clad everything in rustic wood. Everything here, from the service to the cauliflower fritters, is warm, authentic and skilfully executed, and the restaurant is particularly known for it's great pizzas. dAt bAr’s earnest offering of excellent, modern Italian-influenced cuisine and kooky craft beers at reasonable prices makes it the ideal spot for some post-work or pre-theatre fare.
dAt bAr, 11 Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 6JN
0191 244 2513
The Patron Saint of delicious
It sounds like a big claim to say that this is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Newcastle, but this is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Newcastle. Good sushi can be tricky to find, particularly in smaller cities. Fortunately, St Sushi have got it nailed. With an array of hot and cold options on offer, each of which is as delightful as the last, there is something for everyone on the menu. If you really want to go for the ‘wow factor’ then we recommend ordering one of their sharing sets which come beautifully presented and will feed your whole group.
St Sushi, 89-93 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AE
0191 221 0222
As You Like It
'All the world's a stage' (psst, that's Shakespeare)
From the outside, you would never know what to expect from As You Like It. Located just outside of the city centre, in an unassuming 70s office block, the exterior gives away no clues to the fairytale wonderland inside. Glittering chandeliers are set against enchanted woodland-like décor, making it a bit more Midsummer Night’s Dream than As You Like It at times. The menu is adventurous without being straight up mental, ranging from the slightly odd sounding ‘Ox Cheek Bon Bons’ to the impressive 'Sharing Planks'. As with a lot of places in the city, the cocktail menu is pleasingly inventive, including the terrifying sounding ‘Geordie Zombie’ of which they will only serve you one due to its alcohol content. You have been warned.
As You Like It, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 1DB
0191 281 2277
Indian Street Food for the 21st Century
Forget ordering the biggest, hottest curry you can find and battling through it after sinking a few too many pints, Dabbawal is the next generation of Indian cuisine in the UK. This restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Indian street food, served tapas style with fresh flavours and bright colours. Dabbawal seriously shakes up our snoozy, boozy British attitude to Indian food in the most delicious way possible and is definitely one of the city’s hidden gems.
Dabbawal, 69-75 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BX
0191 232 5133
Restaurant week runs 18th to 24th January, with special offers from over 60 restaurants all over the city.
Find out more here