Posted on: Jul 28, 2014,  Categories: Food, Lifestyle & Events

I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a meal in a casino to be very good. I mean, it’s a restaurant, inside a casino right? However, last Saturday night I headed into Freya’s Restaurant – voted one of the best restaurants in Newcastle on Tripadvisor, to find out what everyone is talking about.

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Freya’s restaurant is tucked away within Asper’s Casino, in The Gate, Newcastle and has recently been highlighted as one of Newcastle’s best hidden restaurants. The Gate has a lot of top branded eateries from Handmade Burger Co, Coast to Coast to the recently opened ZaZa Bazaar so it’s easy for the casino’s restaurant to be overlooked.

It was NE1′s Newcastle Cocktail Week, the day we dined so what an excuse to order some cocktails with our food and the restaurant did not disappoint. As part of NE1′s Cocktail Week, the restaurant took part with cocktails for £3, £5 and £7 for one week only. We sampled June Bug & Sex on the Beach, which were a bargain price of £3. Impressive (and tasty!)

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For starters, I opted for Rare Beef Salad - chargrilled rump steak and mozzarella drizzled with a mustard dressing and the boy went for the Smoked Salmon & Crab Salad with homemade pickled cucumber and fresh herbs. I was hugely impressed when they came out – the presentation was great and mine was just sublime. I don’t often go for salads as they lack taste sometimes but this was just moreish!

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

For our mains, the boy chose Rump Steak with twice cooked chips on the suggestion of our lovely waitress and I went for the Braised Belly Pork served with garlic mashed potato, mushroom spring roll and apple and ginger puree. It was DELICIOUS. I’m not sure the mushroom spring roll went well with it – as tasty as it was but the belly pork was perfectly crispy and tender at the same time.

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

Finally as stuffed as we were, we just couldn’t resist dessert and I’m so glad we went for it. I love Creme Brûlée and I wasn’t disappointed by their homemade Vanilla version served with their own shortbread. My other half enjoyed his Lemon Posset with an Italian Meringue topping. Warning, looking at the following images may result in drooling…

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

The result was – I’ll definitely be heading back. If you haven’t tried this restaurant yet, I suggest heading in quick before word fully gets round and their spaces fill up fast.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2014,  Categories: Food, Lifestyle & Events

Hoorah it’s back! Newcastle can yet again delight in dining in some of their top restaurants for only £10pp or £15pp! NE1′s Newcastle Restaurant Week is taking place this 4-10th August and it’s bigger than ever before.

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This year, there’s some new additions to the scene including Harry’s Bar, Red Diner, Sky Chinese, Burgerstop, Fat Hippo, Coop Chicken House, Datbar, Pleased to Meet You, Rasa and Two Fifths. There’s also the originals favourites from Cafe 21, Blackfriars, The Broad Chare, Electric East, Fat Buddha and many more.

Last time I dined out at five, yes FIVE restaurants in one week. Eek! This year, after years of hearing about NE1′s Newcastle Restaurant Week, Mama Tang is coming up specifically for the event so we’re trying to cram in as many restaurants as possible. Watch out Newcastle! We aim to go to:

  • Fat Buddha – first time I’ve been during NE1′s Restaurant Week – but been plenty of times before as it’s DELICIOUS
  • Blackfriars – such a bargain during the week, with 3 courses for only £15pp!
  • Mannaza – as we both love Malaysian food
  • Dabbawal – who doesn’t love a curry?

However, there’s still so many more that I want to go to. Broad Chare, Little Saigon, Hei Hei, Harry’s Bar… the list goes on!

Which ones will you be dining at this year? Check out the website here.