It can be off-putting to view a menu of a restaurant online and see no mention or reference to dietary requirements. That was certainly the reason why I’d not made a quicker return visit to the restaurant of Malmaison, a chic hotel on Newcastle’s famous Quayside.
My friend had asked me to be her plus one recently and I decided to give them a call in advance to see whether a vegan could be accommodated. I was told there was no issue. With a menu focused on meat and fish it seems obvious to me that many veggies may feel similarly put off as I was.
Upon arrival we were given the Summer Fixed Price Menu (which operates lunch or dinner until 7pm, Monday to Saturday) although I couldn’t order from this selection and was given options by our server for what the kitchen could rustle up.
If you hit lucky with the tables in the dining room you could have a truly stunning view of the comings and goings on the Quayside. It had been Ladies Day at the time of our visit so there were some interesting scenes, that’s for sure!
I chose Beet Carpaccio, which was adorned with little cauliflower fritters.
The different varieties of beetroot used meant it wasn’t as earthy as it could have been, with the sweetness of the cauliflower also adding to the dish.
My friend sampled two dishes that were topped with eggs (poached and fried) with her starter and main course choices. I believe the menu has changed since our visit and the options available can be found here.
I was given the choice between a curry and risotto for my main course. I opted for the latter.
This substantial dish was made using seasonal vegetables like asparagus and broad beans. I had to admit defeat and leave some and there was certainly no room for the desserts available, which was limited to sorbet or fruit salad for me.
My friend and I were keen to check out the refurbished bar area and partake in a few cocktails while having a natter, hence another reason for our reluctance to order pudding.
The cosy, stylish fit out will hopefully attract folk in to sample the drinks menu available.
My cocktail was adapted to omit egg white which was good, although I can’t remember which one I ordered. I only had two! I’ve become a lightweight since having Dinky 🙂
It was an enjoyable evening and it was good to see Malmaison return to its sparkly best now its been spruced up. It is disappointing not to see standard menu items to cover those with dietary requirements like my own, but feel reasonably happy that they will accommodate even at short notice. £19.95 for two courses wasn’t bad value for money either, considering the view and the level of service Mal give as standard. I can only hope the dairy free desserts improve in time.
Thanks for reading,