As a vegan it can be difficult to navigate the numerous menus of Newcastle’s famous Restaurant Week, a biannual event offering special menus to encourage folk to dine out in the city. This led me to create Vegan Restaurant Week earlier in the year, and the response was overwhelming. It isn’t always practical to telephone ahead of dining out, especially with friends, and people with dietary requirements are almost made to feel like pariahs. That said, some participating eateries have clear vegan friendly options available. You can always rely on the likes of The Bohemian and Quayside Head of Steam to cater for those who don’t eat meat in the Toon.
Super Natural recently collaborated with up-and-coming chef Alex Strettle and hosted pop up evenings in their cosy Grainger Street restaurant. The events were fully booked and a huge success, which meant the team were keen to invite Alex back as a guest chef during Restaurant Week. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (the 11th – 13th August) there will be a bespoke 3 course menu on offer for just £15. The food is all handmade, vegan, fresh and non-processed. Alex is a firm believer in preparing his dishes from scratch, and that the effort put into each plate of food translates into an exceptional dining experience.
Alex has recently returned from a 2 year stint in Italy where he was taught first hand many of the recipes which feature on this exclusive Restaurant Week menu. I am looking forward to trying out the Mushroom Carpaccio to start, the Crema di Pere for dessert, while I’m in a quandry over whether to opt for the handmade Gnocchi alla Genovese or the Seitan Burger with hand-cut fries. I’m dining with a non-veggie friend who is graciously game for trying out this meat-free evening.
Booking is necessary and tables are available from 6:30pm until late. You can book by telephone (0191 447 3800) or on the Super Natural Facebook page. It would be good to spread the word about this new chef on the scene and show our continued support for the specifically vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the area.
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