Restaurant Week: Top Five

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Admittedly it’s a little late, but there’s still plenty of time to grab some cheap-eats for Newcastle Restaurant Week. The fact that it’s January means many are still feeling the post-Christmas-pinch. However, it’s still possible to dine out without spending a fortune with offers to take advantage of up until Sunday. Here’s my top five eateries for restaurant week:

 

Turtle Bay: Island Dining

View from outside Turtle Bay Newcastle

I love Caribbean food, even though I’ve only had it a handful of times. I’ve walked past Turtle Bay numerous times shamefully without having stepped through the front door. However, looking at the restaurant week menu, that’s all about to change; just reading it made me salivate. Get three courses for £15 with great options available.

 

Chaophrya: Thai cuisine

Colourful spicy papaya salad in white dish

The fine-dining atmosphere of Chaophrya isn’t to my taste, but the menu offers more variety compared to ZaapAlthough still limited, it includes Pad Thai and spring rolls, as well as my favourite Thai dish: Som Tam (spicy papaya salad). It’s £10 for two courses or £15 for three.

 

Burger Lovers: Fat Hippo Underground

Burger with various toppings with fries

It really wouldn’t be a top 5 without a burger option. It seems like burgers are getting stacked higher and higher every year, and the Fat Hippo Underground is no exception to the rule. You can get a main (including fries) plus a starter or drink for £10, and there’s plenty to choose from. See for yourself here.

 

The Bohemian: Veggie/Vegan Option

Inside vegetarian restaurant: dimly lit dining area with a Bohemian atmosphere.

I ate here a few times last year, and couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to do so. The food is quirky and incredibly satisfying, and veggies as well as vegans will be pleasantly surprised at the choice available. Check out the restaurant week menu here, and I’d definitely recommend anything containing the pulled jackfruit.

 

Mannanza: Seoul Food

Bibimbap: Fresh vegetables meat and eggs served in earthenware pot

Korean food is definitely becoming more popular, and Mannanza Korean restaurant is one place that I’ve heard a lot about. In contrast to the last entry, Korean food is definitely for meat-lovers. The restaurant week menu also offers a really good variety of dishes and value for money, and it includes my personal favourite: Dolsotbibimbap (which comes with a veggie option).

 

So, there you have it! I’d definitely recommend calling up to make a booking or at least ensure there’s tables available. Demand is high but there’s definitely good food to be eaten and money to be saved. The full list of participating restaurants and offers is here.