34-36 Stowell Street,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear,
Tel: (0191) 2616657. „
The restaurant is located right in the middle of Newcastle City Centre in Stowell Street (ChinaTown) so there are lots of other Chinese restaurants in the area.
The restaurant has a very good reputation and is probably one of the most established places on the street.
The food is good value for money but in comparison to the other restaurants on the street I would say it is one of the higher priced places. Set menus are between £14 and £35 per person.
The restaurant is quite large and can hold quite a lot of people BUT the tables are VERY cramped together, so much so is that I went as a couple and we may as well have sat on a table for four with another couple rather than two separate tables. So if you want some privacy this place probably isn't for you. The décor is very traditional for a Chinese.
The menu is very nice although I did notice it is virtually exactly the same as Landmark restaurant over the road. Out of the two I do prefer Landmark as it is more spacious and the service is much better.
Newcastle's chinatown is based on and around Stowell Street, not far from the city centre and close to the geordie sacred ground of Saint James' Park. Dine at any of the restaurants and you won't be disappointed. They offer a similar menu at at similar price. However there is one restaurant that I find stands out above the rest and that's the highly acclaimed King Neptune.
The King Neptune is Egon Ronnay recommended and has been for years. Now half the members of my family are vegetarians and usually a chinese restaurant is a no go area, offering very little choice. This is not the case with the King Neptune which has a more varied menu than it's rivals, specialises in seafood dishes and has a vast range of veggie options. Take a look at the vegetarian banquet:-
Tofu and Sweetcorn Soup or
Chinese Mushroom Soup
Assorted Stir Fried Vegetables with Black Bean Sauce
Mushrooms in House Curry Sauce
Egg Fried Rice with Sweetcorn and Spring Onion
Cashew Nuts with Lychees and diced Pineapple in Fruity Sweet and Sour Sauce.
And there are more choices on the main menu. Other unusual dishes include:-
Large freshwater king prawns in Sze Chuan Sauce
Fresh Lobster with a spiced chilli sauce
Stir fried monkfish with green pepper sauce
Slices of duck with Chinese mushroon sauce
and King Prawns and Scallops with spring onion and ginger.
As well as all these, the regular favourites, crispy duck, sweet and sour dishes and sizzling fillet steak etc appear on the menu. Banquets start at £11.80 rising to £30.80. The vegetarian option is £13.80.
The interior of the restaurant is on two floors. The ground floor has a traditional rich, red and gold interior while upstairs the dining area is a more modern lavender blue. Now some of the tables are only a hand's distance apart. If you are looking for a more romantic meal, then I suggest that you ask for one of the window tables whic
h are a little more intimate.
Finally, I must mention the service which is extremely efficent and polite. Whenever we have chosen crispy duck for example, the pancakes are constantly replaced and never allowed to dry out. King Neptune is family run and family friendly. If you have small children with you, the staff will willingly warm up baby meals. Regular customers return time and time again and I am one of them