Last week we were kindly invited to try out Newcastle’s newest thai restaurant, and the jewel in the crown of the new intu Eldon Square food hall. We had actually already been to Chaophraya before this date, but I thought it might be of interest if I write a post covering both visits and comparing the service/food from our anonymous visit to our ‘VIP’ launch night visit – the results we’re quite as you would expect.
It seems like ages since I was walking to work along Salters Road and spotted the boarded up remains of the New Bengal, which had been a part of Gosforth High Street for decades. This week, the restaurant re-opened under ‘new’ name, New New Bengal, and we popped along to see if the food was as good as it previously had been at this Gosforth institution.
Since the inception of Tyne and Dine, I’ve been the silent consumer who accompanies Ellen on her journeys into Newcastle’s finest eateries. When Pizza Storm, who unfortunately don’t offer any gluten-free options, invited us down to try their quick-fire pizza restaurant, I was excited to accept. Ellen had to bow out – so any other coeliacs or gluten intolerant diners will also have to dodge the place.
Back in 2014, I wrote a short post about my love for Pet Lamb Patisserie in the Grainger Market. As intu Eldon Square grows, a new chain restaurant or cafe seems to be opening every week. I just wanted to spend a few minutes talking about why I still love Pet Lamb (and the Grainger Market) and why you should too!
On Wednesday night we went to see the fantastic Regina Spektor at the Sage Gateshead and stopped in for a quick drink at the new Head of Steam on the Quayside. I had a bottle of Daura Damm, a gluten free lager brewed by the same guys who make Estrella. When he ordered the drinks, the lad behind the bar told Craig they have two other gluten free beers on their menu and a decent selection of GF options on their food menu too, so we decided we had to go back to try-out the full Head of Steam experience, and, on Friday, that’s what we did.
It’s rare for a Sunday to go by and for us to not squeeze in a trip to the Quayside market. In recent years, the age-old market has become a hive for delicious street food, artisan crafts and well.. still a bit of old tat – but we love it. Open every Sunday between 9.30 and 4, the market stretches from Riverside all the way along to the Millennium Bridge. When the weather is a nice, like today, we like to make a day of it and stroll up and down the Quayside deliberating what to eat (and what treats to take home for later!)
Zaap Thai is the latest restaurant to open on Newgate Street, on the former Co-op site which has since become a hub for bars, restaurants and even a hotel. We were kindly invited by the team to try out what they had to offer. I’ve got to be honest, I tend to avoid Thai/Chinese restaurants unless they explicitly state they offer gluten free, like Nudo Noodle House and Wagamama, since this kind of food generally does not lend itself to gluten free (soy sauce in everything!). I checked Zaap’s website and there was no mention of allergen info – I do wish more restaurant chains would offer up this kind of information easily as I would be more likely to go somewhere I know can cater for me than try somewhere new that doesn’t openly state it offers gluten free.