“ Address: Waterloo Square / Newcastle upon Tyne / NE1 4DN / United Kingdom / Tel: 0191 221 1000 „
One of my favourite restaurants in Newcastle, this is situated close to the train station in the new Waterloo Square development. There is a large multi storey car park very close by so plenty of places to leave your car, and becauseit is close to St. James Park, apparently they do a special match diners meal!
The restaurant is easily spotted when walking in this area- the low level building does look Asisan and outside the building are large tables with chairs and over these are exotic looking wooden canopies. Inside the large bar is well stocked and wooden tables are dotted around the room. All very clean and elegantly rustic, with furniture and artwork collected by the owner when he visits Vietnam. I have only ever been on a Saturday night so it has always been quite busy and I would recommend booking as it does seem to get busy
We tend to have a drink at the bar because it's all very comfortable with high stools at the bar and a selection of low comfy chairs and tables towards the back of the restaurant. The staff are very helpful and polite and when guests are ready, we are quickly shown to our table which is always beautifully set out- it almost seems as though they measure the distance between cutlery etc!
The menu, as expected, features a range of Asian food, described as a contemporary take on S.E Asian food, and includes a mixture of smaller and larger dishes. There is one soup on the menu, Smoked chicken curry noodle soup, £4.50 and a selection of starters and tapas. The dishes include: Pork toast, Nouc Cham, £4; Thai green rice balls with pomegranate cashew nuts and salad, £5 and Beef sang choi Bau £6. Last tinme we were there , our table consisted of four people and we had a selection of Asparagus and courgette spring rolls with chilli jam, Rendang beef sweet potato and basil puree, crab and noodle salad. I say a selection because the dishes are so delicious that you will all want to try a bit of everyone elses food (if they let you). The idea I believe is that you select a dish or two depending on how hungry you are, and if you are not sure, the staff are happy to help and give advice which is great because until explained I didn't know what some of the dishes were.
All of the food I have tried is fantastic. All presented beautifully on large white plates and although light, and not stodgy I certainly didn't feel hungry when I came out. I don't know who the chef is but I don't think I have been anywhere where the food is so fragrant and the tastes and aromas blend so perfectly.
Thee is also an Early Bird and lunchtime menu which for 2 courses at £12.50 is tremendous value for this food.
Address: Waterloo Square,
St James Boulevard,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: 0191 2211000
I love it! It is probably my favourite dining experience at the moment. The atmosphere of the place makes it equally suitable for a romantic meal for two, a group booking, and children are also made welcome. The food is delicious, the decor interesting and it just looks as though nothing has been left to chance but rather carefully thought out for maximum impact.
The restaurant was voted Hardens/Remy Marin N.E Best Restaurant and it's not difficult to see why
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