Mustang ‘S’ Ally, Newcastle

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten in a Portakabin, yet that’s exactly what I did this week when trying out Mustang ‘S’ Ally. It opened this week on Stepney Bank, not far from the fantastic Victoria Tunnel I recently blogged about visiting.
There are signs dotted around pointing to the eatery, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was beside Ernest as opposed to an industrial yard! Appearances can be deceptive, and having spied on their Facebook page I knew what lay behind the entrance was worth sticking round for. After our disappointing trip to OK Diner I wanted to be wowed by the whole experience, especially as I wanted to support a new venture.
The interior is fantastic, and once inside you immediately forget you’re in a Portakabin. You could be on Route 66, in fact! The menu is true to this vibe; with waffles, hot dogs and burgers on offer. Their special pulled pork sandwich sounded delicious, but I decided to sample the cheese dog with sweet potato fries instead. Jnr was in a sweet mood, and ordered waffles with banana and maple syrup.
He also wanted to try one of their Shmoo milkshakes, which come in Banana, Strawberry or Chocolate flavour. There was another family dining at the same time as us, which was just after school. Mustang’s is open 11- 6, Monday to Saturday, which make it a good place for a no-fuss tea with the kids.
The food was good and reasonably priced – our feast came to £12.60 for the two of us. The sweet potato fries were better than I thought they’d be, and the hot dog was a good quality sausage. My only gripe is that I think they should stick the dog under the grill so the cheese melts, but that just might be my preference.
The ‘Christmas Tree’ waffles were very good, and Jnr was full after eating all 3. It would be interesting to see how their American Breakfast plates up, and I’m sure Mr. Canny will happily accompany us next time to give it a try! He was most disappointed to miss the opportunity to try out somewhere so new and ‘undiscovered’.
The wonderfully kitsch Mustang’s is sure to gain a cult following, and the continued redevelopment of Ouseburn with student accommodation ensures they’ll have a captive audience right on their doorstep for belly busting burgers and hangover breakfasts. We were told that there’ll be more work in the grounds to improve its appearance, and there’s a hope they’ll be able to host outdoor gigs and events once they’ve spruced the place up.
Mustang is well worth a visit, even just to say you ate a hot dog in a Portakabin! I believe there is great potential for this business, and I look forward to seeing more from them in the future.
Thanks for reading,
Pip x
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P.S There are no card payment facilities at present.

11 Comments

  1. Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life

    I have never eaten anywhere like this either and i would never think to visit either until i seen this as it looks amazing inside and the food looks great. I know that my twelve year old would love it here x

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Appearances are deceptive. The 12 yr old would love it, like my 13 yr old 🙂 x

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  2. Katie Jane

    Do you know I totally would ‘turn my nose up’ from the outside but it looks fantastic! Just shows me I should never judge a book by it’s cover.

    Katie x

    http://www.katiejaneonline.com

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I felt the same. Jnr said it must be a joke! So pleased we tried 🙂

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  3. Bobbi

    Visited at lunchtime today with my friend and her 4year old nephew, we sampled Texas burger and sweet potato fries whilst the little one had hit dog with fries, the owner assured us they were working on a kids menu as the hotdog he had was huge!!! Although he gave it a good go, will definitely visit again, brilliant interior design friendly staff, thanks for the service!

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Yes, they said the same to me. I also mentioned the lack of veggie options, and they’re working on that too. Great that they listen to their customers. I’m anticipating big things for this eatery 🙂

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  4. Richard

    Nobody goes to an American Diner for veggie options. I think they should stick to emulating the style and food of a genuine american diner. ie. massive, unhealthy portions for an occasional treat. If you want healthy options go to one of the many twee coffee shops in the centre of Newcastle!

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I disagree with that. I think all restaurants should be offering veggie options. It would be very blinkered as there are lots of people who adopt a vegetarian diet for reasons other than ‘being healthy’.

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  5. Leanne J

    I agree – all places should have veggie options. And yes I DO go to American diners for veggie options; I’ve done this both in the UK and in America! Even Ed’s Diner in the Metrocentre does veggie, so there is no excuse not to have it. They could easily do veggie hotdogs and burgers to start with. I’ll have to stick to waffles and ice cream for now, lol.

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  6. John S

    First visit yesterday looked a bit naff on the outside but inside excellent, had the breakfast, 1st class,excellent service and very friendly staff will definitely return. Only downside is no card transactions at this time.

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I thought they’d have sorted out the card payments by now. What a shame.

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