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The 7 Gateshead restaurants serving food from around the world

From tantalising Thai classics to moreish meze and fresh British bakes, these Metrocentre restaurants take you on a gastronomical trip across the globe.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 05.07.2023

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Whether you’ve just come back from your holiday, have one booked or aren’t jetting off anywhere this summer, there’s nothing like exploring cuisine from around the world.

But you don’t have to travel too far to get to try those exotic flavours that get our taste buds tingling – (just a 13 min drive from Newcastle to the Metrocentre to be exact)

When it comes to choices for refuelling during a spot of retail therapy at Metrocentre, we really are spoiled for choice.

With over 60 places to eat from independent cafes and coffee shops like Beckleberrys, to high street favourites like Nandos, brand new names such as Grounded Kitchen and cult international brands such as Wingstop, these Metrocentre restaurants cook up cuisines from across the globe just waiting for us to explore.

We’re talking authentic Italian food full of your favourite flavours but with a modern twist, healthy Korean-inspired dishes that make eating out guilt-free and comforting hot bowls of ramen to spice things up.

We’ve rounded up our favourite Metrocentre restaurants where you can experience flavours from around the world without having to leave Gateshead.

GROUNDED KITCHEN

Where: Upper Qube, Metrocentre

Grounded Kitchen serves up a menu that’s bursting with bold, vibrant and spicy flavours. But what makes this restaurant’s wide range of delicious Korean-inspired dishes more tempting is that each serving is packed with nutritious ingredients.

Grounded helps us to live a healthier, happier and more balanced lifestyle without the need to feel guilty about eating out. From their legendary Bibimbap rice bowls to their newly introduced baked chicken wings, Grounded Kitchen is full of feel-good food.  Make sure you check out their breakfast menu too – it will really start your day the right way.

HLN TOP TIP: Grounded Kitchen is kindly offering our readers 20% off when mentioning ‘High Life North’ when paying the bill

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DOPPIO MALTO

Where: Upper Qube, Metrocentre

Are you gutted that you haven’t been able to book your trip to Italy this summer? Well, Doppio Malto brings authentic Italian food with a twist, the best craft beer and even better company. The Metrocentre restaurant’s motto translates as ‘happy place’ and nothing could make you happier than Doppio Malto’s menu.

Offering more than the Italian staples of fresh pasta and pizzas, the menu has contemporary additions of gourmet burgers and BBQ meats, cooked to order on a grill using vegetable charcoals. Not forgetting the range of 15 house craft beers to choose from to wash down this comfort food cuisine. Bon appetite!

HLN TOP TIP: Look out for their special £8 menu

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HARRODS CHAMPAGNE & COCKTAIL BAR

Where: H Beauty, Town Square, Metrocentre

Take a break from your retail therapy by visiting the Harrods Champagne & Cocktail Bar, where you can sit, sip on a signature cocktail and refuel with dishes made from the finest of British ingredients.

Whether you’re craving a crushed avocado on sourdough, fancy something light with scrumptious small plates or a salad, or treat yourself to specials like a Northumberland cheese board or Jersey rock oysters, get a taste of luxury at H Beauty’s Champagne & Cocktail Bar.

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POPEYES 

Where: Lower Yellow Mall, Metrocentre

If you love chicken, then look no further. Founded in New Orleans in 1972 and after taking America by storm, Popeyes has shaken up the UK chicken game, Louisiana style.

Offering 100% fresh British chicken marinated for 12 hours in Popeyes’ signature blend of Louisiana herbs and spices before being battered by hand to create that famous Popeyes shatter crunch texture. You have to try their chicken sandwich that ‘broke the internet’.

HLN TOP TIP: Popeyes has chosen its Metrocentre restaurant as one of two locations in the UK to pilot its first-ever breakfast menu. We’re talking big breakfast rolls, Cajun hash browns and an indulgent Nutella-topped take on its famous Southern buttermilk biscuit.

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THAIKHUN 

Where: Upper Qube, Metrocentre

Thaikhun will transport you away from Gateshead to Thailand with its authentic cuisine and street food décor. From sharing platters featuring Thai fish cakes, salt and pepper ribs and chicken satay for starters, to spicy Thai curries, sizzling stir-fries or classic pad Thai for your main, Thaikhun serves all the exotic flavours from Thailand.

Thaikhun‚ means ‘yours’ in Thailand that’s precisely their mission, to create a sense of belonging when you dine at Thaikhun with your friends and family.

HLN TOP TIP: Thaikhun is kindly offering our readers 15% off when mentioning ‘High Life North’ when paying the bill Sunday – Thursday.

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BATCH’D

Where: Lower Green Mall, Metrocentre

As you know at HLN we are all about celebrating local businesses and inside the Metrocentre, you’ll find Batch’d. This Yorkshire-made brand specialises in selling an enormous range of high-end, artisan desserts made via small-batch production from a variety of local bakeries from across the country.

Batch’d prides itself on finding new, quirky, and most importantly, extremely tasty products. We’re talking brownies, doughnuts, cookie-based products, fudge and more you won’t have ever tried before – a perfect pick-me-up when mid-shopping.

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FATTOUSH LOUNGE

Where: Upper Yellow Mall, Metrocentre

If you’re feeling adventurous and fancy tucking into some Middle Eastern cuisine, Fattoush Lounge is well worth a visit. Fattoush Lounge presents authentic, freshly made and delicious Lebanese cuisine in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Think of a glorious array of tasty, tender and succulent grilled meats such as minced lamb cooked on skewers, chicken kofta, and chicken shawarma that just melt in your mouth. Not to mention flavoursome grilled vegetables on skewers, salads, fresh bread, hummus and falafel.

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