Over the last year, we’ve noticed Newcastle’s meat-free offering has grown at an exponential rate, which is great for us as we have transitioned from meat-eaters to vegans over the course of 12 months. Karma Kitchen is one of the jewels in the North East’s plant-based crown. The mother-daughter-run business operates from an Indian restaurant in the unlikely location of Newcastle’s famous Bigg Market and offers a menu of entirely vegan curries and side dishes delivered across the North East.
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.
I’ve been struggling to think of an opening line which truly justifies the magnificence of this establishment. The business plan is flawless; the Quilliam brothers are giving the people what they want in the most tremendous fashion: tea and cake 17 hours a day, 6 days a week.
The Town Wall is situated on the trendy backstreet, Pink Lane. Anyone over forty will tell you that Pink Lane has had a change of image in recent years; in the latter half of the twentieth century, it was home to all sorts of dodgy types including the odd working girl. Nowadays, however, Pink Lane is a thriving cultural goldmine, with the likes of Pink Lane Coffee, Sugar Down Bakery and of course The Town Wall, just a few cobbles apart.