As a Gateshead lass I’ll be the first to admit we aren’t exactly brimming with places to eat healthy food. The Trinity Square development in the town centre has seen chains like Frankie & Benny’s close, despite decent footfall in the vicinty. I never thought in a million years we’d welcome a vegan diner like Grumpy Panda to the area and have been thrilled by how popular its been. It was with some surprise I learned that another independent had also just recently opened serving a selection of vegan dishes on their menu.
Nu To Go is located on the High Street, underneath the large Tesco supermarket. I was told that there hasn’t been a lot of pushing on social media about the opening as they wanted the opportunity to ‘bed in’ before the official launch. The interior is stylish and the menu is definitely a departure from the kebabs and pizzas usually found in the town centre.
The aim of Nu To Go is to change the perception of healthy food as ‘all lettuce leaves’ and that it is the more expensive option. While I hardly live by the mantra of ‘clean eating’ I have tried to be more conscious about getting whole foods into our diets and how much processed food we eat as a family.
The breakfast choices for us as vegans were limited, but it is still early days. Maybe adding something like avocado – as lacklustre an idea that is – might give a few more choices first thing. The chef was able to adapt the Shakshuka dish and omit the eggs for me, while Gavin ordered a Chickpea Burger from the lunch menu. Prices were very keen, which we both remarked upon. Considering we’d visited Dirt in Heaton recently and had spent twice as much we feel Nu To Go are definitely pricing competitively to get local folk through the door.
Salads, soups and smoothies are also available to take away in compostable packaging, and there’s a lot of choice for those who eat meat. Situated not far from a gym, I’m sure those conscious of what they put into their bodies will take great delight in finding out they can pop in to this cafe to ‘fuel up’. Tea is from Teapigs and the aim is to source produce locally where possible.
Gavin said he was very impressed with the standard of food and said it was one of the best veggie burgers he’d tried. For me, it was the prices I couldn’t get over. My £3 breakfast was excellent value for money, and healthy to boot. It would have been nice to have a dairy free spread for my toast, especially as the Tesco upstairs sells plenty of different options. I was kindly given some hummus – homemade, of course – instead, which was a nice touch.
We’ll definitely pop back to Nu To Go, especially as they were unphased by 3 kids being loud and rambunctious. We look forward to seeing how the cafe evolves once they become established and wish this new independent luck with their official launch in a few weeks.
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