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Flatbread Cafe (Gateshead)

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Address: Metro Centre Qube / Unit M11/M12 / The Studio / Gateshead / Tyne and Wear / NE11 9YG‎ / Tel: 0844 736 6166‎

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      26.07.2010 09:37
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      Flatbread Café One of the places we tend to stop off at for a coffee or snack when the hunger pains start in the Metro Centre is the Flatbread Café. The ethos of the place apparently about re-igniting the spirit of communal eating and getting stuck in preferably using hands and the flatbreads as a food spoon. Quite tricky and messy at first but we soon got used to it! WHERE IS IT? ... I am reviewing the café/restaurant in the Metro Centre although there is also one in the centre of Newcastle. The one in the Metro Centre is located close to the new cinema so handy for us if Little Miss is at the cinema for a party- we can grab a snack and wait. THE RESTAURANT... The thing that lured us into the restaurant was the fact that we had passed many times and when it first opened, there was a waiter outside offering a bit of the bread and dips. Always on for a freebie, we found we liked it and so when Little Miss was at a cinema party we decided to give it a go. The restaurant itself is quite Moroccan in décor and feel and even the entrance doors have a kind of Moroccan design on them. It has low lights and lighting although it doesn't feel gloomy. There are different kinds of seats and tables- some low and some the usual wooden tables. Diners can eat inside the restaurant or just outside, watching the shoppers go by!! It's all very relaxed and a pleasant place to sit in. THE FOOD... The first things to order are the flatbreads. These cost £1.75 and smaller ones can be ordered at 95p. They are served in a flat wicker basket and really do taste and look as though they have been freshly cooked to order (as the menu claims). The flatbreads are easily torn apart and we quickly get into the swing of things, scooping up our food and using it as a spoon! If you don't want a heavy meal but are merely popping in for a snack as we have done then a tasty snack/ light meal is to order one of the £3.95 dishes. These come served in small dishes and include: Hummus; Tamatem (one af my favourites) which is a dip of Courgette, pesto, chopped tomato and fresh Coriander; Mechouia (delicious!)- tomato, roasted red peppers and onion. Sabzi - a salad consisting of feta radish, spring onion and fresh herbs. Whilst the servings aren't huge, we tend to order 3 different dishes and find there is sufficient for good helpings on two or three of the large flatbreads. The menu sections seem to be colour coded and from the blue section the meals are£5.95 meals- these are definitely larger than the other dishes and whilst someare definitely meals, such as the Chili con carne there are also vegetable dishes such as Bombay potatoes. When I have ordered from this menu I tend to choose one main dish and eat it with the flat bread. A favourite of mine are the spicy meatballs which are plenty for me although the meatballs tend to be quite tricky to pick up with the flatbread! In the £7.95 section these are most definitely meals. Served in metal dishes, if customers order a flatbread as well, the portions are such that one dish is enough. The Goulash is rather nice- spicy but not overly so, as is the Shoko (beef and tomato stew). You gather from this that I am fond, especially in winter of warming beef dishes. Himself has had the Jungle Curry which is a sweet and spicy stir fry with prawns and chilli and pronounced it very tasty. There are also chicken dishes such as Murglia (Garam Massala and saffron) as well as lamb and vegetarian dishes so really there is plenty for all tastes. OPENING HOURS... Monday- Saturday : 11am- 9pm (last order) Sunday: 11am-6pm (last order) CONTACT... Address: Unit M11/12, The Studio, Metro Centre. NE11 9YG Telephone: 08447366166 E mail: metrocentre@flatbreadcafe.com Website: www.flatbreadcafe.com VERDICT... Good tasty food, ideal for a snack, a meal or just a rest. Several types of drinks are served including lagers, wine, coffees and teas and you can stop here for just a drink if you want without ordering a meal. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff friendly, and everything is clean Recommended for a light snack or sit down when in this area. Thanks for reading Daniela x

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