5. Time Banh Mi – 123 Grainger Street
Time Banh Mi is found just down from Monument metro station, serving up authentic Vietnamese dishing, including noodle soup (Pho) and Banh Mi.
These disheses are packed full of flavour and come spiced to your choosing. The crispy belly pork Banh Mi is an absolute winner and the single best sandwhich I’ve ever tried. If you’re walking round Newcastle on a cold day, this is an absolute must for warming dishes.
4. The Brandling Villa – Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth
Like the company says on their website they “…specialise in live music, handmade burgers, cask & bottled beers & one of the biggest selections of whisky in the north.”
The Brandling Villa really is a fantastic example of a traditional English pub that has moved with the times. You can expect a friendly and laid back atmosphere with a jaw dropping selection of beers and spirits.
Their food is probably one of their crowning feature, from epic burgers to dedicated pie nights, this simple pub grub has a whole lot of heart. Totally worth setting an evening aside and heading down with some friends to enjoy some proper food, liver entertainment and a no doubt fantastic evening.
3. Aneesa’s Buffet Restaurant – Forster Street, The Quayside
Aneesa’s Indian Buffet is a must for the curry lovers of the North East. The authentic Indian and Punjabi cuisine provides a great deal of choice with really high quality ingredients throughout.
My personal favorites include the Masala Fish, Lamb Ribs (seriously out of this world!) and I couldn’t knock one of the curries I tried. You can tell there has been a great deal of thought gone into which dishes should be included in the lineup, with everything from mild to super spicy.
At around £15 per person, it offers real value for money and there’s bound to be something for everyone. With spacious seating and friendly staff I would highly recommend checking this place out if your looking for a place to eat in Newcastle.
2. ZAPATISTA – 9 Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne
Zapatista is another name that has saturated Geordie ears in recent months, bringing speedy Mexican inspired burritos to the streets of Newcastle.
You can pick and mix the ingredients including chicken, pork and beef…the add your favorite additions such as salsa, jalapenos, sour cream and much more. The also serve up some other Mexican favourites including nachos, quesadillas and chilli and more.
The vibrant burrito bar is well worth a visit if you’re making your way through the city center. They even have an outside seating area near Newcastle’s iconic central station, where you can sit and enjoy a drink, a burrito and the world streaming past you.
1. Red Mezze – 34-36 Leazes Park Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne
Okay, so first place doesn’t get given away lightly, so when I say this place is worth checking out, you can take that straight to the bank…where they’ll probably agree and ask you to leave politely.
Red Mezze can be found just round the corner from St James’ Park and serves up what I would easily consider to be some of the tastiest food in the Toon. The traditional Turkish dishes are exploding with colour and flavour so if bland food is your thing, then this isn’t for you.
As the name suggests they offer a selection of hot and cold mezze (numerous small dishes so you get a try of a variety of things) or regular main meals. Their seafood and meat dishes are absolutely fantastic but the mixed grill was by far the show stopper for me.
If you like traditional food in a welcoming stylish environment, this is the place for you!