This weekend saw the Brazilian contingent in our household grow with the arrival of more people to see Canny Baby. We chose Tynemouth as our first destination to entertain them on their whistlestop visit to the North East, and I was recommended ORA as the ideal location to take a large group of people for some good grub. Having such a diverse mix of dietary requirements tapas seemed like a great choice, meaning people could pick and choose between many options.
I booked in advance, explaining the party size and that we were dining with a vegan. Having wandered round Tynemouth Market for long enough to get cold fingers and toes beforehand, we arrived just before our reservation time. This meant some standing round in a busy bar area trying to collapse the buggy, which we were doing for the first time & it was all very clunky. I’ll admit I didn’t feel comfortable with this arrangement, our large party very much in the way of other customers and staff. Thankfully once we got upstairs to the table I started to relax, especially as the staff were so amenable with the kids.
ORA have a special 2 Dine for £20 offer, but that was not available on the day we visited. Canny Jnr stated he wanted a sharing portion of Nachos (£8.95) all to himself as he was so hungry. Greedy boy. My in-laws conservatively chose two Paella Valencianas between four to share, which was £12.95 per couple. They seemed impressed by the prices, although the proof is in the eating as they say.
Finding food options for the other kids in the party was a little more difficult. These were the girls that didn’t like Broad Chare’s Yorkshire Puddings when they tried them for the first time, so I was worried how they would react to tapas. Instead they stuck to what they know best and chose a Cheeseburger with ‘proper’ chips, which one of the girls declared was ‘better than McDonalds’. I think that’s supposed to be a compliment!
Mr Canny and I opted to share some of the vegetarian tapas options, making sure that they were adapted so he could eat them. I requested the Batatas had aioli on the side, for example, as they usually serve the potatoes topped with the sauce. I’d have personally said we were served garlic mayo not aioli, but that’s just me being sniffy.
I picked Arancini to eat solo, which were filled with oozing mozzarella. Mr Canny chose Chickpeas and Spinach, which he paired up with our flavourful Mushroom Paella. These were excellent choices and decent portion sizes. We both agreed the food was of a good standard and that returning with friends for the £20 special would be a great evening out.
The Paella was authentic, as claimed on the menu. Far from scrimping on the meat and fish the bowls seemed brimming, and my in-laws even asked for help finishing theirs. Calamari had also been ordered, and at £3.95 this was also great value and quality.
With drinks the total bill came to just over £100, which we thought was incredible for all the food we ate. Alcohol was also consumed, and the fact that no-one left feeling hungry demonstrates how generous the portion sizes were. The whole experience was fantastic and we’d heartily recommend a visit if you’re in the area.
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