Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
November 27, 2006
The Vujon is widely regarded as the best Indian restaurant in Newcastle. It should be stressed that this is fine dining and not your typical "curry house" - Newcastle has plenty of those if that is what you want but the Vujon is several grades above. This is apparent as soon as you walk through the door. It's housed in an old stately building by the quayside; it has high ceilings and a sweeping staircase next to the waiting area. You are treated well from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. You are invited to have a drink while you look at the menu or you can usually go straight to your table if you wish.
Since this is a high class restaurant you can expect to find some different things on the menu and the Vujon does not disappoint. We regularly eat in Indian restaurants so welcomed the change. I plumped for the main course of venison which was described as a Goan inspired dish. It came in a rich, dark red stew which was delicately spiced. My partner had the monkfish which he said was nicely spicy without overpowering the delicate flavour of the monkfish. We chose side dishes of okra and aubergine which were both faultless. More recognisable dishes are also featured on the menu but only a couple - a dopiaza and a tikka marsala, for example. Our starters were fine - a prawn dish and some pakura - nicely spiced with a good kick and we also ordered some freshly made naan bread to go with out main courses.
The Vujon offers a shortish but wide enough wine list. We opted for a new world Chardonnay and found it had been well described and was just as suggested. Bottles start from around £15. Desserts are available but we could not eat any more. Disappointedly, the only Indian dessert was kulfi - I felt that this kind of establishment should have offered more Indian desserts. Although the main room is big and does not have any nooks and crannies, I still felt that the ambience was intimate. You don't feel that the next table is too close, though some more intimate spots would be appreciated. Decor is rather plush without being over the top; linens are stylish and simple but crisp and pristine too. The staff were friendly and helpful without being pushy. They did one check back but would always be aware if someone wanted something. Recommended for a special occasion, not for the after the match curry with the lads.
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