My first taste of NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week

My first taste of NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week

16th January 2018 56 By Rachael Stray

Yesterday my friend and I decided to have a longer lunch and actually venture outside the four walls of our office which is handily located right next to the Quayside in Newcastle.

I’m a born and bred Geordie and I’m ashamed to say I’ve never indulged in dining out during Restaurant Week – that is until yesterday!

What is NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week?

NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is one of the North East’s most popular leading food events, celebrating some of the very best restaurants in my native Newcastle.

It was inspired by New York and its original Restaurant Week concept.

NE1 launched Newcastle Restaurant Week in 2011 to turn the spotlight on the city’s restaurant scene and encourage people to try out some of the top restaurants – all for a fixed price menu.

Newcastle Restaurant Week was the first of its kind in the UK and many other cities have since followed suit with similar events.

More than 100 restaurants are taking part and each has crafted a bespoke Restaurant Week menu for either £10pp or £15pp – which is very purse friendly given the little wait until pay day!

It’s the perfect way to discover a new restaurant in Newcastle or enjoy an old favourite at a great price.

There’s actually two Restaurant Weeks in Newcastle a year – one in January and one in August. It’s on this week until Sunday 21st January so there’s still plenty of time to get involved!

Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or looking to try something new, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is the ultimate event to sink your teeth into great North East food and drink.

I’ve been missing out for years and I’ll make sure not to do it again!

For details of all participating venues and to download NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week vouchers visit the getintonewcastle website.

My friend and I didn’t want to venture too far as we did have to get back to the office after lunch; so we plumped for Las Iguanas on the Quayside as it’s only a short walk and has a really good value bespoke menu for this week; which you can see here.

Just a word of warning Restaurant Week is massively popular so it’s best to book a table which is exactly what we did prior to venturing out.

Before I even sat down I knew what I wanted to order thanks to checking out the menu online. I opted for the Pão de Queijo – Brazilian cheese dough balls to start.


Pão de Queijo – Brazilian cheese dough balls

For my main course I went for the chicken enchilada – hand-rolled flour tortilla with spicy chicken, pepper and onion with a smoky chipotle sauce on a bed of spring onion rice with refried beans and cheese.


chicken enchilada

I expected the portions to be smaller than usual with it being this cheap but I was proven wrong. The dough balls were plentiful and delicious. The enchilada was packed full of delicious chicken and flavour.

We had a great chinwag in lovely surroundings with great food – what more could you ask for?!

Two courses for £10 is great value for money and the food is always good here and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

Newcastle actually has two Las Iguanas restaurants and I’ve always been in the other one (although not for a good few years actually) so it was nice to venture to their other newer site.

I’ll definitely be checking out what other restaurants have to offer for Restaurant Week and I’m sure I’ll be dining out again!

Does your city host a restaurant week? Let me know in the comments below.

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