With a new rebrand (Hello, Filler Chapters!) comes a new blog series: ‘Where I ate in ~insert month~’. Unfortunately, there’ll be no gold stars for those of you can guess the context of the new blog post! Essentially, I’ll be rating Newcastle restaurants – with the most honest of reviews.
There is, however, a treat for any North East readers that love food. After writing this blog post, I’ve realised that I visit a *lot* of restaurants on a monthly basis, so you’re about to get a whole lot of new recommendations. Unfortunately for me, I’m about to get a whole lot harder on the pocket strings in terms of eating out. So without much further ado, a round-up of what I got up to in the gloriously sunny month of July.
Newcastle Restaurants I Tried in July
Bao Bar, Chillingham Road
It’s very rare that I don’t have the patience to get a good photo of my grub. But my lord, the bao buns at Bao Bar looked far too tempting to faff about. I went for one pork and one chicken, and the boy had two chicken buns. They were un-bao-lievably good (I’m sorry, I had to.) I’m not exaggerating when I say that a day hasn’t passed where I haven’t thought about their food. Overall, it was reasonably priced, the food was top-quality and I loved how intimate the restaurant is.
Mojitos and Burritos at Revs de Cuba, City Centre
Would this even be a grub guide if it didn’t have a bargain in it? Did you know that every Tuesday, Revolution De Cuba has a ‘mojitos and burritos’ deal for £8? If you’re after some post-work drinks with the girls, I would definitely recommend heading here. The burritos are gigantic and surprisingly, delicious (I’m not going to lie. I thought they would be bang average since it’s a chain.) I’ve tried both the beef and the jackfruit, and they both bang. The mojitos are also deceivingly strong which gives you too much energy for a school night. I always end up getting slightly merry and ordering another two cocktails for £10, only to end up very merry. Good news, too – the cocktails are mix-and-match. Although be warned, this is only until happy hour which I think is between 5 pm – 7 pm.
Lola Jean’s (HWKR MARKT), Gateshead
In July, they invited along to the HWKR MRKT on a sunny Sunday afternoon alongside some other Geordie grub bloggers. For those of you that don’t know, the HWKR MpiRKT is an outdoor food area on the Gateshead side of the Quayside. It’s super quirky and is made entirely of recycled shipping containers. Then each container is home to a local and independent food vendor, which makes it the perfect location for those who like to try lots of different cuisines.
I’ve tried a lot of the food vendors – but on the day I went with Lola Jeans, my food choice was left to a lucky dip. We each had to pick an envelope, and in it contained the name of our ‘main course’ vendor and our ‘dessert’ vendor. Fate resulted in me heading to Lola Jean’s for lunch and Cake Contour for dessert.
Safe to say I was absolutely buzzing with my result, as this meant I could finally try the steak platter I’ve been salivating over since my first trip to Lola Jean’s. I’m not going to lie – it’s absolutely as insane as it looks. The steak was juicy and tender, and definitely my favourite meal of the Newcastle restaurants I tried in July. The tatties were lovely and crisp on the outside, and super fluffy on the inside. The sauces were complimentary too. All in all, I had such a lush afternoon and wanted to say thanks to Lola Jean’s for the invite.
Cook House, Ouseburn
One day, I headed to Cook House in Ouseburn for a spot of lunch in the sun. To be truthfully honest, I haven’t had the best experience with Cook House. I was a regular at their former restaurant, which was a shipping container. Their food was quality, locally-sourced and also well priced.
Then a couple of months ago, they upsized to a two-floor restaurant. I was absolutely ecstatic for them and encouraged a bunch of work pals to come with me on the opening day. However, the menu was poor – they didn’t have vegan options and couldn’t make any switches (I was with two vegans.) The meals were also a lot more expensive than they were in the shipping container – but exactly the same meals. They also didn’t serve coffee, which blows my mind as they sold brunch. To be perfectly honest, we stayed and looked at the menu for ten minutes whilst we hummed and hared before we left and went elsewhere. To be honest, I had no intentions of going back.
But then I saw this post on Instagram by a fellow foodie, and felt inspired to give it another go. Months had passed and I had hoped it had changed. And it has. Both my friend and I absolutely loved our meals. I went for the nduja fried egg on toast (£8) and my friend went for the lamb ragu (£10). The prices are now in line with the old shipping container. They had vegan options AND they’ve added coffee to the menu. Better yet, they also added half-a-dozen homemade sodas (£2.50) which were so refreshing. All in all, it was an amazing experience and was a real contender in my Newcastle restaurants guide this month. Anyway, I can already tell I’m going to become a regular again.
Scream for Pizza, Sandyford
Whilst all pizza may be good, I’m going to throw it out there – I’m yet to find a better pizza than Scream for Pizza. And I have travelled all over Italy, my friends.
I was first introduced to Scream for Pizza when their food truck visited my work. It was insane. And my whole office will agree – Scream for Pizza always has long lines whenever it visits. So much so that they regularly opened up a restaurant in Sandyford. With the hope of an extended menu, the boy and I went on a date night.
I picked up the blue shroom (white base) and M went for a standard Margherita, with added anchovies. We also ordered some of the truffle oil and rosemary chips with a side of garlic aioli. They were so unreal that M and I had to start taking it in turns to get a chip, as we were being too greedy for our own good and hogging them all.
Overall, the meal was incredible. Although, if I were to honest – a little spendy. For two pizzas, one dish of chips, a coke and tap water, it was over £30. Just something to be cautious of if you’re expecting it to be a cheap eat.
So, have any of the Newcastle restaurants caught your eye? Or is there anywhere you would like me to review next month? Let me know in the comments, below!8