Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
August 11, 2003
The interior is understated yet stylish with pleasant nooks and crannies and some interesting pieces of art on the walls. During the day Blackfriars offers an informal cafe bar menu and in the evening it has an a la carte menu. We visited in the evening.
The evening menu offers an eclectic mix of British and global dishes using quality ingredients and many items you wouldn't find in many Newcastle restaurants.
The menu is clear and there is even a wine, beer or spirit recommendation beside each dish to help you make the most of what's on offer. To start I chose the carpaccio of beef on a bed of rocket and other leaves with a balsamic dressing and parmesan shavings - heaven on a plate! My partner chose an exotic noodle salad and the soft noodles contrasted well with a crispy spring-roll type pastry filled with delicious goats cheese.
I picked a fantastic steak for my main course which was accompanied by wonderful vegetables while my partner went for fish and had the red snapper - lovely and meaty and cooked to perfection. The other possibilties covered the globe - fragrant Thai green curry, Mediterranean fish dishes, Asian fusion creations a good mix and several good veggie options. While I am a meat-eater myself I always find the mark of a good restaurant is the quality of the veggie choices. There were no feeble attempts to provide a vegetaian option here! To finish I had the cherry creme brulee which was a joy - I took great delight in cracking open the crispy sugar crust and plunging into the lovely thick custard and finding tangy cherries at the bottom. My partner went for the cheeseboard, which was altogether more than we expected. There was locally made Northumbrian cheese, a blue cheese, a soft garlic cheese, goats cheese, a couple of continental cheeses, and some lovely creamy stilton, along with a variety of breads and crackers, fruit, and celery.
We had a couple of bottles of a delicious and reasonably priced Argentinian Malbec (about £14) but there is a huge choice of wines from around the world as well as speciality beers.
Blackfriars is a real treat and I would recommend it particularly for special occasions.
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