Papa Ganoush are one of our favourite street food vendors. In the last year they have opened a restaurant in Whitley Bay (you can read our review here) and they’ve recently added Jesmond to the fold. I popped along with Dinky in the lull between Christmas and New Year to check out the new estalishment.
Located not far from Jesmond Dene, Papa Ganoush’s exterior is not hard to miss. I’m not sure whether to refer to it as a restaurant as it only has a few tables and serves up a daytime mezze menu. Whatever it is, as usual, it’s a winner for us. There’s always a vegan option available in the form of their perfect falafel.
I was told that this location was always in Tim’s (Monkhouse, one of the owners) sights and logistically they’ve had to work through whether the Shortridge Terrace location was feasible with the restaurant in Whitley Bay, too. Food is prepped at the other location and delivered to Jesmond where they assemble salads with a variety of vegetables and sauces on the side, as well as frying the falafel. I know the Halloumi Fries will be popular as they always sell out at markets.
After the overindulgence of Christmas their salad bowl were a welcome break from chocolate and vegan pate. They come in three sizes and, as I was sharing with Dinky, I chose the large at £8.95. You can chose which salads you’d like to form the basis and then top with falafel, halloumi, chicken or fish. They are served with pitta and hummus, as well as a choice of sauces which act like a dressing.
The pitta didn’t disappoint and the falafel is as good as ever. I was tempted to see if we could get more hummus and bread as Dinky was really keen. They are serving soup, although this wasn’t available when we visited.
Papa Ganoush is a great spot for a speedy lunch or takeaway if you happen to be in the vicinity. There’s also plant milk available if you fancy a coffee. I think its a great addition to the neighbourhood and hope the expansion continues. One in Gateshead next, please!
Thanks for reading,