It’s always nice to find a new place to eat at. I’m a bit of a creature of habit so I tend to collect restaurants that I like and can always go back to. I believe Barluga will be one of them.
Barluga is actually based in three different locations here in Newcastle; there’s one on Grey Street, central Newcastle, one in Morpeth and the one that’s just opened in Gosforth.
The Gosforth one is located right on the high street at the old converted church that used to be occupied by the restaurant Loch Fyne. It’s only just opened (March opening) but it looks as it’s always been there.
The restaurant has a very laid back atmosphere with slow, easy listening music like Moby- Natural Blues playing in the background. I’m unsure as to what it would be like in the evenings but I did overhear a hostess tell a customer that they were fully booked.
The seats are comfortable and the table legs carved and ornate. Clearly no stone was left unturned in this church makeover!
I was only really there for breakfast but I did notice that their menu is quite extensive. From salads to nachos and steak, there’s something for almost everyone, vegetarians too. No references were made to vegans however so you may want to contact them prior to booking.
The prices are not to be sniffed at. At £9.00 for a homemade fish finger sandwich, you’d have to wonder whether a trip down the local fish and chip shop is more in keeping with what you’re after.
Would I have their fish finger sandwich? Perhaps not, Bird’s Eye still has my heart and coins.
Prices are reasonable for the steak menu but I would have like to have seen more of a diversity other than your standard Rib-eye and Sirloin.
Daddy and I chose a hot chocolate and a latté (what else is new?). Their hot chocolate was done just right and it was quite creamy.
I’m very particular when it comes to things like hot chocolate and cannot stand the watery kind that comes out of vending style machines (yes Mcdonalds, I’m looking at you.) but this cup left me with no complaints whatsoever.
The Full breakfast
Some Americans look at the English breakfast as something they’d never bring themselves to eat, much like the way some British feel about pancakes, syrup and bacon but I honestly love it.
When I’m not having eggs benedict, the Full English Breakfast satisfies not only my craving but my need for food most of the day.
What I liked about Barluga’s breakfast is that it wasn’t greasy at all and the sausages tasted just gorgeous. You can tell they were carefully selected and so was the bacon for that matter; not incredibly salty like they tend to be.
The only downside about the breakfast is that it wasn’t served with any sauce whatsoever. This is actually a pet peeve of mine. I get that sauces on the table detract from the overall look and feel of the place but at least serve it with the food. Don’t make me ask for it…which they did!
Of course! I’ve yet to sample their evening menu so as to give a full overview of what the place is really like so watch this space!