We’ve all heard of Fat Hippo and Zapatista, but today I want to talk about the unsung heroes of Newcastle: The Asian Food Scene. Forget the greasy Chinese place you phone up at 10pm for a Chicken Chow Mein, I’m talking about the real deal.
Here’s a list of some of the best Asian food spots you should know about if you live in Newcastle.
For some authentic South East Asian eats, head straight to Chilli Padi. This Malaysian Restaurant serves all your favourites, like Nasi Goreng, Laksa, Hainanese Chicken and more. If you haven’t been here yet, you’re seriously missing out.
Location: 6-10 Leazes Park Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PF
With less than a 3 minute walk from campus, this restaurant is definitely my go-to lunch spot in-between lectures. For as little as a fiver you can get a hearty bowl of anything from katsu curry to miso ramen, all served up in minutes. Fast food has never felt so good. Plus, they even do a student discount!
Location: Unit 4, Haymarket Hub, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PF
Reminiscent of a mini Camden Lock, this weekly market features a variety of different food stalls including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean and more. Stalls change regularly so you never know quite what you’ll find, but with most dishes costing £5 or less, you’ll surely be coming back for more!
Location: Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DE
Longing for a warm bowl of Pho? VietCafe serves all kinds of Vietnamese classics including 17 different vegan dishes, 17! Bring your student card and get a 10% discount off your bill. Paradise? I think so.
Location: 68 Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JQ
Hidden away behind Chinatown, Mannaza offers an authentic Korean Barbecue experience like no other. Grill your own food or try some Korean classics like Dolsot Bibimbap or Bulgogi. With set lunches from £5.95 and a 10% student discount, what more do you need to know?
Location: 5-7 Taylors and Tanners Cou, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5XD
If you worship sushi like I do, welcome to church. This restaurant has a huge menu full of Japanese delights, as well as some great value bento boxes. Set lunches start at £5.95, so it won’t break the bank either.
Location: 89-93 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AE
Widely recommended as the most authentic Chinese restaurant in town, La Yuan offers Sichuan specialities with a modern twist in a fine dining setting. Definitely worth a visit.
Location: 7-9 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG
On the hunt for a classic Dim Sum lunch? Chinatown is the place for you. Walk through the Chinese arch and choose from an array of Asian restaurants, offering everything from Hong Kong street food to sushi. Plus, with some restaurants open as late as 2am, there’s no better place for some late night Asian food. Personally, I find it doesn’t get any better than Sky for Dim Sum, and Dojo is a fantastic Japanese.
Location: Stowell St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XQ
These places are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Newcastle has to offer, but they’re all definitely worth the praise.