Uni is a great time to make new friends from around the world and to try something different. In Newcastle, one of the great thing about our multicultural city is that we are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out, so you can truly get a taste of different cultures. With so many restaurants and cuisines on offer it makes it can be to pick, so here’s our top ten to get you started.
Fat Buddha Asian Bar & Kitchen, about a 10 min walk from the campus, is the perfect place to meet up with friends. With their extensive ‘Asian Fusion’ menu that brings together a host of specialty dishes from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong you”ll struggle to pick just one!
The best news for students is that the Lunch Menu, which is served Mon-Sat 12-5pm, is great value for money. Mains cost £5.95 and are very generous portions.
Longhorns BBQ Smokehouse is one of the city’s hot spots for foodies and meat lovers. With everything from crazy breakfasts to boards pilled with different slow cooked meats, this place must be on your visit list. There are two restaurants very near our campus, one in the student suburb of Jesmond and one in Newcastle city centre – so there’s no excuses for you not to visit.
Newcastle would not be complete without a vintage-style café serving all day English breakfasts and other classics like fish finger sandwiches. The Butterfly Cabinet, located in student suburb,Heaton (about a 20 minute walk from main campus), is famous for their full English breakfasts! The great food and reasonable prices make this place very popular with both students and locals.
Dabbawal, a street food kitchen with casual dining, offers an alternative to the most standard Indian restaurants in Newcastle and is a must try. They have a big menu featuring a variety of Indian snacks and chaats, tapas-style grazing dishes, classic curry plates and street food combos.
It’s a unique restaurant offering a totally different experience. There is a restaurant in Jesmond and another in the town, both not far from campus. And with lunch menus and evening menus you’re sure to find something to fit your budget.
Get an authentic taste of Italy in this small rustic pizzeria located in Jesmond (not far from the main campus). Francesca’s is a family-run restaurant open Mon- Sat for lunch and dinner. It’s always packed with locals and students who return time after time for great value, traditional dishes. This place is perfect when you’re in need of a good meal!
A popular new edition to the city is Turtle Bay, serving authentic Caribbean food and drinks, such as meats cooked in the jerk pit BBQ. The lunch menu offers great-tasting dishes for just £7 and you can also enjoy buy one get one free offer on drinks – check the website for details.
Fresh fish, shellfish, steak and teriyaki chicken are just some of the tenpanyaki dishes served up in Hana Hana, located at the end of China Town. You can also choose from a choice of sushi and sashimi. In here diners sit and watch as the skilled Teppanyaki chefs go to work on their meal. Head over at lunchtime for the £9.50 set menu. You can also have a go at trying to throw the egg in the hat, which if you’re lucky won’t leave you messy!
Tapas is great for a small gathering with friends and here in Newcastle we have some great Spanish restaurants. El Coto, situated on Leazes Park Road, is only a 5 minute walk from the main campus and even closer to the Business School. It’s great for stopping off during the day and they do 3 generous portions of tapas for £10.95.
If you really can’t decide on just one type of cuisine, don’t worry. Located in The Gate, Za Za Bazaar is a giant world food banquet and bar that lets you pick dishes from around the world. Mix and match tex mex, sushi, Italian and more… This place is great for celebrations. Did someone say ‘all you can eat’?