On a recent visit to Glasgow we were told to try out Pizza Punks, a local restaurant offering vegan cheese on their menu. As you can tell by its name, Punks have a wide selection of pizzas available in its neon-lit, industrial chic eatery. I was surprised to learn they had plans to open up in Newcastle, currently slated for completion in September. The fit out of the former Cafe Rouge site on Grey Street is continuing at pace and we are looking forward to giving it a try.
Does Newcastle need another pizza place though? Considering Zizzi is a few doors up, we have the excellent Slice in the Grainger Market and Cal’s Own is churning out exceptional grub in Jesmond, what is Pizza Punks offering that others aren’t? I can’t help but feel pizzas are becoming the new burgers in the Toon foodie scene.
There’s a selection of pizzas to choose from or you can ‘build your own’, much like MOD offer in the Metrocentre. To see no extra charge for dairy-free cheese or veggie sausage was a big plus point, as well as the fact Punks happily advertise their vegan options. In an unfortunate case of eyes being bigger than bellies Gavin and I ordered a pizza a piece. An assemble your own pizza is a flat rate of £10, no matter how many toppings you load on, while my Fake Moos was £9.
We had to try out the vegan freakshake on the menu, especially as it was topped with a brownie. It was definitely a mistake to have this before the pizza arrived as it was a meal in itself. Gavin was very impressed!
The pizza itself was a decent affair. The crust was springy and they certainly didn’t skimp on the toppings. I don’t think Pizza Punks are going to steal Cal’s crown as the best pizza in the North East but if you’re in the city centre and want bite to eat where everyone can be accommodated I feel Punks are a cut above the likes of ASK and Zizzi for quality. Vying for business against Launderette and other recent openings in Newcastle will be tough, so I wonder how they will approach their marketing. A prime location should guarantee a reasonable footfall, although I’m sure the owners of Viva Brazil thought the same. Time will tell..
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