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Pancakes and More (Metro Centre, Gateshead)

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Address: Pancakes & More , Upper Qube , Metrocentre , Gateshead , NE11 9YG

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      22.10.2011 16:37
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      A great place for a quick lunch

      We go out for lunch probably two or three times a week, but always seem to end up going to the same places. Last time we were in the Metro Centre and looking for somewhere to eat, I suggested Pancakes and More as neither of us had been there before, despite the fact that we always park in the yellow multi-storey, so pass it on every single visit.

      I'd describe Pancakes and More as more of a café than a restaurant. It is run by the Happy Egg Co. who produce free range eggs which you may or may not have seen in your local supermarket.

      The café area is on the first floor of the yellow quadrant in an area which they now call 'The Qube'. It houses mainly restaurants as well as the Odeon cinema and as it's on a corner it's the first place on the right as you leave the yellow multi storey, and is the last place on the left of the Mediterranean village.

      The sides of the café are all open, and to be honest I don't really like this much as I hate people watching me eat, and would feel a bit exposed sitting on one of the outside tables. When we visited it was a Tuesday and getting on for around 2pm so was fairly quiet and we were able to choose a table near to the back. The café is bright and clean and features wooden tables and chairs. It's a child friendly place and colouring-in pictures were in a holder on the wall at the back, with finished pictures put up on the wall which was quite sweet.

      A menu is on each table and we had a quick look before going up to the counter to order. As well as pancakes, the café also serves waffles, omelettes and quiche as well as all day breakfasts. Example dishes, include roast pepper, onion and sun-blushed tomato quiche with salad, baby leaf spinach and goat's cheese omelette, strawberries, crumbled meringue and whipped cream waffles, or vanilla sugar and lemon pancakes. One thing I found odd was that some of the options on the menu are a bit samey. For example, they serve a crispy bacon, cheese and mushroom omelette, as well as a ham, cheese and mushroom omelette. I'm sure you will agree there is very little difference between those two and it seemed a little odd to offer both. I eventually decided on the aforementioned crispy bacon, cheddar cheese and mushroom omelette, whilst my fiancé went for a pepperoni and mozzarella cheese omelette. Pancakes and More serve tea and coffee and there is also a fridge to one side containing soft bottled drinks.

      Our food came relatively quickly and was served with salad. Mine had a mayonnaise dressing whilst my fiancés had a tomato relish, which I ended up eating as he's quite fussy and wouldn't touch it. My omelette was tasty and cooked well, although I have to admit, the crispy bacon was certainly not crispy. In fact it was just pieces of chewy back bacon, but still it tasted good. The salad was nice and fresh too, which was good, as I'm sick of being served dead lettuce lately! My fiancé also said he enjoyed his, but complained that the dish wasn't big enough, as he pretty much ate it in three bites! I would say that to some degree I agree with him, as even when I'd finished I did think I could quite easily manage something else.

      I'd say that the prices here were quite average. Our omelettes were £4.50 each which I think is fine, although again, my fiancé would not agree. He is not a tight person when it comes to money, but he said that he felt it was overpriced and he could have got something more filling for the same amount of money elsewhere. Drinks were around £2 each. I noticed only after we left that they have a meal deal whereby you can get a savoury course, a sweet course and a drink for £8, which would probably make it much better value.

      Overall, I quite liked dining here, but my misery of a fiancé did not feel the same and has said he wouldn't go back. I on the other hand would, but it looks like I'll have to find someone else to dine with! It is a light meal though - if I was very hungry perhaps I'd choose somewhere else - but it beats going to a fast food place and I personally would recommend it.

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