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El Torero (Newcastle upon Tyne)

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Address: Milburn House The Side / Newcastle upon Tyne / NE1 1PR / Telephone: 0191 233 1122

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      16.02.2010 11:49
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      Tapas

      I booked this restaurant for a party of 10 people and they were happy and easily able to accommodate us. The restaurant serves tapas which I wanted to try. The restaurant was very dark, maybe because the place was painted in deep red colour, but better lighting would have been good. The food was nice, I got to try lots of different dished some cold and some hot. The food ordering and pricing was very confusing, I believe the menus could be updated to make it easier. The food came out quickly. The staff were not very attentive, they seem to be in another world. They were not moving around the restaurant enough so difficult to get a member of staff to our table. When ordering a refill on drinks, they came out very late. Overall, it was a nice meal but I won't be doing a repeat visit to the place again.

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        22.01.2009 14:09
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        Basic no frill but fantastic food

        I had never been to a tapas restaurant before so I wasn't sure what to expect from my first experience.

        The décor of the restaurant isn't my sort of thing being honest. Its very basic and plain and quite traditional. No frills is probably the best way to describe. It's also quite dark inside.

        I ordered off the set menu and for £12 per person (for four people) you get 16 separate dishes all of which were lovely. Pork, chicken, prawns, chorizo, mushrooms, potato... the dishes just seemed to keep coming and we all left felt extremely full up. The drinks are also very cheap and a small glass of wine was £2.50 and I think a pint of lager may have been slightly less.

        The location is right in Newcastle City Centre just up from the Newcastle Quayside. Its just set back on a side street on a hill so its not visible from the road. There is a big car park over the road opposite the restaurant so parking is not a problem.

        I have since been back and will definitely be going again.

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        27.03.2008 22:08
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        Tapas restaurant

        El Torrero

        Situated on a pedestrian only road on the way downwards towards Newcastle's quayside, this restaurant is a handy place to eat for anyone wanting to go on to sample the delights(??) of Newcastle's night life.

        THE RESTAURANT

        The restaurant is actually quite easy to miss, since there are no bright lights heralding its existence, and since the road it's situated on is winding and cobbled, I think it's one of those places you would either stumble upon, or have to know about.

        Once inside the restaurant, there is a pleasant business about the place, but nothing seems hurried. It's usual to be taken to the long bar area at the very back of the restaurant, and there we sit perusing the menu, whilst having a drink.

        The restaurant is set out over one floor, but is divided into smaller areas with arches and half walls; this makes it feel less cavernous, and a bit more intimate. Tables are all wooden with a scrubbed look, which is in perfect keeping with the scrubbed wooden floors, and the Spanish pictures on the walls. The whole feeling is relaxed and informal, and there are a wide range of people who eat here. Each time I have been, there have been large parties, smaller groups and couples, but because there is a lot of space between the tables, I never feel crushed!

        MENU

        A variety of hot and cold tapas, are served as well as a selection of breads and salads, cured meats, cheeses and paellas. There are set menus starting at £12.95, whereby diners who can't make up their minds will get a selection of the dishes from the menu.

        Being a bit of a foody, and a tad excessive when I go out, I usually start with the selection of Spanish meats. At £11.95, it's not the cheapest, but there is lots of it, and with some of the crusty bread, it's a great one for sharing as a starter. This can leave you a bit full, but I still plough on, and start my selection from the hot tapas. There are a lot of tapas priced at £2.95, including different potato dishes, and the price rises accordingly until we get to the selection of fish at £5.15. We tend to order 5 dishes between two of us, and this is really more than enough after the starter.
        There are 4 different paellas to chose from: Paella Valenciana, £8.95 which has seafood and chicken; Paella mixta costing £8.95, with chicken park and chorizo; paella de pescado y mariscos, £9.95 and a country style rice dish with vegetables. I have had the paella dishes and there is lots of the dish in one portion. Certainly whenever I have had it, I have been more than full afterwards.

        With a good range of breads and salads to chose from, there is probably something for everyone, and with salads starting at £3.95, it's not excessively expensive for a city centre restaurant.

        CONTACT INFORMATION

        Tel: 0191 233 1122
        Fax: 0191 241 4836
        Email: info@eltorero.co.uk
        Milburn House
        The Side
        Newcastle upon Tyne
        NE1 1PR

        OPENING HOURS
        Open every day 12pm - 11pm (10.30pm Sun)

        VERDICT

        I have been here on several occasions, and have always enjoyed my meal, whether it be with a group of people or just the two of us. The atmosphere is lively but absolutely unhurried, and the staff are friendly and give lots of help with the menu! The whole restaurant has quite an authentic feel about it, since it doesn't have a contrived look which often happens with some restaurants. There is no loud music playing, but rather the atmosphere is created by the buzz of conversation which I find far more conducive to happy eating; I hate having to shout over the latest hits!

        The only thing I would grumble about are the toilets. They are right at the back of the restaurant, and it feels as though you are leaving the comfort of a warm place for somewhere cold and unappealing. Not dirty at all but they do need sprucing up a bit!

        The portions are big, and I have never come away feeling hungry. Including drinks, I would expect to pay about £60 per couple, but that includes lots of food. Obviously, many people order sensibly, and not everything that catches their eye!

        For a tasty meal in the city centre, I would recommend this restaurant- great food and a happy atmosphere!

        Thanks for reading

        Daniela x

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