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4 of the newest Newcastle restaurants we’ll be booking tables at this month

A Lebanese lounge serving Mediterranean banquets, an Instagrammable restaurant dishing up Asian cuisine with a twist and so much more – here are the new eateries bringing globe-trotting gastronomy to the Toon.

Written by High Life North
Published 14.07.2022


106 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX

If you’re all about capturing those Instagrammable aesthetics, then look no further than Victors. This glamorous new restaurant and bar has transformed the former Las Iguanas venue on Newcastle’s Quayside. From coastal-inspired décor with white-washed brick walls to rustic oak beams and wisteria trees, the restaurant’s interior makes a beautiful backdrop when you’re having your meal.

But it isn’t just the interior that’s gorgeous – Victors serves up a modern, Asian-inspired menu that is just as picture-perfect as its surroundings. We’re talking about an American-Japanese fusion of small and larger plates designed to share. Expect everything from fresh sushi and nigiri to steaks, fresh fish, seafood and mouth-watering vegan options.

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The Mandrake Lounge

127 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2TB

Serving up a variety of mezze, platters and manakish, The Mandrake Lounge

takes us on a journey to the Mediterranean by bringing us authentic Lebanese cuisine with a unique twist. And they serve us all this in surroundings comprised of detailed contemporary ceilings and wall art, Mediterranean tilled floors and velour booths – making us feel like we’re away on our hols.

Let’s talk about the most important part: the food. Bursting with flavours from the exotic ends of the Middle East, The Mandrake Lounge serves a Lebanese banquet and stand-alone dishes that bring us nothing but the finest fusion of herbs, spices and ingredients that promise to create new taste sensations.



Kwai Feh

Branton South, South Drive, Newcastle Great Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 9DZ

If you or anyone you know lives in Newcastle Great Park – HLN’s Molly and Rachael are two of them – then you’ll know that the local community have been counting down the days for the opening of the estate’s first restaurant and takeaway. And the time has finally come: Kwai Feh’s doors are now officially open.

With statement interiors including captivating wall art, here you can tuck into delicious Chinese favourites alongside some new Asian creations. But if this evening eatery wasn’t exciting enough, Kwai Feh is offering more than just an evening meal – they’ll be hosting their Chinese Whispers Breakfast and Kwai Feh Dim Sum, Chinese Patisserie and Drinks throughout the week, too.




5-7 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE

Tasting menus are really having a moment, with plenty of fine dining spots popping up around Newcastle. That’s why we’re so excited about the eagerly awaited Solstice. Named after the twice-yearly celestial event (with the midsummer solstice marking the longest day in the year), Solstice is set to shine above the rest in the Toon due to its prestigious owners: Michelin star House of Tides chef Kenny Atkinson and his wife Abbie.

This intimate fine dining restaurant, with stylish gold interiors, holds just 14 customers and is set to offer a unique, high-end dining experience through single lunch and dinner tasting menus. Indulge in 15-18 individual servings, starting with a series of snacks, then tucking into some savoury dishes from both land and sea, before finishing things off with the sweet selection of desserts and petits four.


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