As You Like It is tucked away in the ultra-stylish suburb of Jesmond. For those out of towners, Jesmond is recognised as the place to start your night out in the Toon, as it’s just a short walk from Newcastle city centre. The eatery, once voted the seventh sexiest restaurant in the world, is owned by the same company who also own several bars in the centre of Newcastle, including our personal favourites; Madame Koo and Floritas, so we knew we were in for a treat. A few of us LNOF lot headed down one night (in the name of research, of course) to sample their menu.
The picturesque restaurant area
The restaurant is set over three floors, featuring four bars and a picturesque garden terrace. The stunning interior reminds us of a fairytale wonderland, with twinkling chandeliers, antique furniture, dark lighting, exposed brick work and rustic wood adorning the quaint venue.
We were handed the exquisite cocktail menu, offering a wide selection of quirky drinks, with one in particular catching our eye – the Geordie Zombie. This potent beverage has a bit of a rep with us Geordies, we know some people who have attempted to drink this beverage and have had to cut the night short after the last sip. It is so lethal that they will only serve you one and (as it was a school night) we thought it was best to leave it well alone, and settled on a range of delicious (and not-so-lethal) cocktails. A particular highlight was the mouth-watering Porn Star Martini.
It went down a treat with all of us
The food was delicious and exceptionally well presented. You could describe it as authentic fare meets haute cuisine, with the adventurous ‘Ox Cheek Bon Bons’, served alongside traditional offerings with a personal twist such as ‘Handmade Pumpkin Tortellini’. We each had a starter and a main, and the ‘Shredded Duck’ starter was a particular favourite of ours. The ‘Lamb Harissa Spiced Skewers’ were cooked to perfection and were a dazzling array of colours on the plate. The portions were hearty, despite the fine dining style and we even went on to sample two of their tasty desserts (which were so delicious that we forgot to take a picture of them, sorry guys).
Smile for the camera, girls
The staff were friendly and chatty and we have made plans to come back one night and brave the zombie in their fantastic bar. They also run jazz nights every weekend, so failing our courageous plan to test the Zombie, we’ll just sit back and relax in the glorious surroundings with a glass of vino. It’s a hard life.
To find out more about As You Like It, you can visit their website: www.asyoulikeitjesmond.com.
What we ate
Starters: Shredded Duck / Ox Cheek Bonbons / Pork San Choy Bau / Handmade Pumpkin Tortellini
Mains: Slow Braised Shin of Beef / Lamb Harissa Spiced Skewers / Tiger Prawn Linguine / Pan Roasted Seabass
Dessert: Eton Mess / Chocolate & Orange Truffle Cake
What we drank
Cocktails: Bubblegum Daiquiri / French Martini / Toblerone / Porn Star Martini / Frozen Raspberry Margarita
Wine: Bottle of Chilean Merlot