You know you’ve been going to a restaurant for far too long when you can tell a member of staff is new! I’ve been going to Babucho for seven years now and enjoy eating there just as much as the first day I went. In fact,I met my other half there so the place holds a special place in my heart.
Type & Location
Babucho is based on Lower Dean Street, close to the Quayside in Newcastle upon tyne and is an Italian restaurant and Brasserie. Its menu has had slight changes over the years but most of its core dishes have remained the same. This, of course, pleases me as I consider myself a creature of habit when it comes to food. Besides, you know what they say, if it ain’t broke….
The restaurant itself is very poshly decorated going by the standards of most restaurants surrounding it. In fact, I have yet to find another restaurant that matches it by way of decor. As you can see from the entrance above, the restaurant goes for a black and white theme and this runs throughout the inside too. There are flowers on the tables and candles for a more intimate feel. The frames are adorned with black and white photos of pop culture figures of yesteryear like Adam West (Batman series) and Cary Grant( from the movie North By Northwest).
The Drinks Menu- Beer
The beer menu is quite good and has premium beers that are nice and crisp European ones too such as Peroni, Birra Moretti and Amstel. These are on draught. I will say though that my partner appreciates a Peroni on draught and this is something that they don’t do.
Now this menu I’m familiar with! The cocktail menu, I feel could do with some updating on my part but this is perhaps due to being spoiled by the menu at Las iguanas. They do Mojitos which is consists of rum, mint, sugar and limes. This cocktail and the Caipirinha are drinks that I know inside out so if you’re picking out a cocktail and like something a bit sweet and sour, do go for the Mojito. Speaking of Caipirinha, they actually don’t make this drink which to me is a huge disappointment. Perhaps they’re banking on the fact that it’s slightly similar to the mojito and so many people won’t mind. It’s certainly not a big thing and they do make what I call its cousin, the Caipiroska but with Vodka instead of Caçhaca.
Babucho has quite extensive options when it comes to starters and aperitifs but if you find that you just can’t pick a starter, go for the Antipasto Platter as it has a little bit of everything. The Arancini is a new edition and it’s rather lovely. They’re little balls of rice and melted cheese that are deep-fried. Why wouldn’t you love it?? The roasted mushrooms and goats cheese are well cooked and the goats cheese really complements the green pesto that covers it.
The Main Menu
There is a little bit of everything on the menu and nothing too out there. Everything that there is on the menu, you may have seen it elsewhere. Their menu also has home comforting British food. They also do Sunday lunches on er Sunday of course so you may want to visit them then and try out their menu then.
We opted for steak. In fact, this is something we always have at Babucho so the day they remove this from the menu is most probably the day that I will think twice about going there. Which steak is this, I feel you asking. It’s the Tomahawk. That is one mean mother, I tell thee. If you’ve never had it, get yourself down to Babucho pronto and if you live far away, find your nearest restaurant that serves it. I used to quite enjoy Ribeye over a Fillet steak but the Tomahawk trumps both of them. Make sure that if you do order it, you make it medium-rare because this cut can be quite tough if cooked longer than that.
Babucho serves the steak with fries and in the past it used to serve it with thick-cut, home cooked chips but they’ve now moved onto oven style fries as standard which even though it tastes nice, it brings down the overall feel of the food a tad. Thick-cut chips are on the menu but you do pay extra for them. The peppercorn sauce is the only sauce on the menu and is actually tastier now than the one they used to serve.
Aah, the dessert menu. Where to begin? They’ve had a small change on the menu and the reason I know that this is the case is because they removed what I always had: The Tiramisu. Not many places know how to make a Tiramisu but Babucho did and it was my guilty pleasure. Perhaps they took it away as not many people liked it or requested it. Who knows?
What I did have instead was the Double-Pressed Chocolate Fudge Brownie with a dollop of Vanilla ice cream. The brownie was warm, gooey and just right. Not too sweet at all and it’s become my new Tiramisu! Daddy had the home-made Chocolate Truffles and he had no regrets whatsoever. In fact, I pinched three of them and can testify that they were amazing. Chocolate lovers, these desserts are for you!
Would I go back?
That’s easy. Yes times a thousand. Changing a menu is always a bit of a daring move and Babucho managed to pull it off. If you haven’t been, go check them out and if you’re travelling to Newcastle, make sure they’re on your list!