We have so many plans for trips away at the moment that we’re trying to economise. I don’t usually buy LivingSocial deals, but when I saw one for Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in Newcastle it was too good to miss. The featured offer was a 3 course meal for 2 people, priced at just £27.95 during April. Having previously visited MPW after it first opened and spending £130 my interest was understandably piqued, although I had reservations about the quality of food available on such a cheap offer.
I made a reservation, but unfortunately had to reschedule due to Jnr being poorly the night we planned to go. Thankfully they were understanding and allowed us to rebook, which meant we had a date night to look forward to. MPW is situated within Hotel Indigo, and we met in the bar area after work. As I had the car with me I opted for a virgin Pear Mojito, and Raf ordered a Shiraz. It is definitely somewhere I’d want to pop into on a Friday night after work for a few drinks if I worked in the city centre. We didn’t wait long before we were escorted into the restaurant. There was one other couple dining when we arrived, but it was only 6:30pm. The restaurant got slowly busier as the evening wore on.
We were presented with a special menu on account of the offer, which usually costs £25 per person for 3 courses. We were suitably impressed with the options, and both ordered Goats Cheese Beignet with a Beetroot and Green Bean Salad to start. It was beautifully presented but I felt vilified in my concerns about portion size because of the offer, which had to be ‘declared’ on booking. The Beignet was two mouthfuls at most, and reminded us of the plates at House of Tides. The difference between what we sampled there and at MPW is that HoT would be a 5 or 8 course Taster Menu, whereas Marco’s was just the 3 courses. It was delicious, just minuscule.
Thankfully our mains were larger in size. I ordered Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, while Raf shunned his usual fishy choice and had Roasted Pork Fillet. Again, the presentation was spot on. I was very happy with the standard of both, and MPW started to redeem itself for the stingy starter. Raf said his favourite was the Lamb, which was cooked well and flaky. The service was also faultless and speedy.
We finished the meal with a Warm Apple Pastry – which needed a little more apple to make it discernable – and a Cherry Frangipan. The Frangipan was the best I’ve tried, and had a good balance with the cherry and almond in the filling.
It was an enjoyable meal and experience, but having visited before I feel we were served smaller starter portions on account of the deal. There is no way diners would pay £7.50, which is the average cost for one of their starters, for what we ate! £27.95 for both of us was still a bargain, and I’d certainly look out for more deals on the site in future. We also didn’t leave with grumbly tummies, so quality over quantity won out on the day. Our drinks added another £18 to the overall bill, including service.
For more special offers visit the Marco Pierre White website here.
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