Tasty tapas at El Coto Newcastle
Avid readers will remember I had my first taste of NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week back in January (I actually dined out twice that week).
WHAT IS NE1 NEWCASTLE RESTAURANT WEEK?
NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week launched in 2011 and was inspired by New York and its original Restaurant Week concept. More than 100 restaurants take part with a bespoke menu for either £10pp or £15pp.
I think it’s the perfect way to discover a new restaurant in Newcastle or enjoy an old favourite at a great price.
Newcastle hosts two restaurant weeks a year – one in January and one in August.
Anyway back to tasty tapas at El Coto
You’re actually spoilt for choice with where to eat for Restaurant Week. After a good peruse of the getintonewcastle website Steve and I decided we wanted some tasty tapas.
It’s been a good while since I last dined at El Coto and this was Steve’s first taste of Restaurant Week as well as his first visit here too.
El Coto’s offer for Restaurant Week was three tapas for £10 and was available all day Monday to Thursday and Sunday, and 12pm-5pm Friday and not available Saturday.
Knowing how popular Restaurant Week is I booked us a table for Thursday evening for a little date night post-work.
My Mam kindly dropped us off just round the corner from the restaurant with a few minutes to spare.
When you go into El Coto it’s a bit like a rabbit’s warren. We were warmly welcomed shortly after we walked in and swiftly shown to a table. The restaurant was really busy and buzzing.
We perused the menu and our drinks order was taken – coke for me and an Appletiser for Steve as we would both be driving home.
There’s quite a lot of choice for the set Restaurant Week menu and our food quickly arrived.
We chose a basket of fresh bread and a garlic dip which was the first item to arrive at our table.
I was pleasantly surprised with just how much bread came to the table – we polished the lot though!
The rest of our dishes were not far behind the bread.
The chorizo was really good – I mopped up the sauce!
I feel like you can’t have tapas without patatas bravas! This serving was the largest we’ve ever had but I was disappointed the sauce wasn’t mixed in more with the potatoes.
The homemade lamb meatballs in a Spanish sauce were particularly lovely.
We decided to try something new – the deep fried salmon.
The breadcrumbs were light and the salmon very flaky – very nice.
We also can’t resist prawns and they were juicy and very garlicky – just how I like them!
The food was really delicious, staff were warm and friendly and we were served very quickly.
It was very busy and it was a bit difficult to have a proper conversation as it was quite loud.
The highlight for me had to be the meatballs – full of flavour and really hit the spot.
We were in and out, bill paid all within 45 minutes.
As it was such a lovely night we decided to walk back to my parents house and work off some of the calories and also make sure I got my 10,000 steps for the day!
Where is El Coto?
21 Leazes Park Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
It’s right next to St James’ Park and Eldon Square shopping centre.
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