Located just two minutes away from Newcastle’s Central station, the boutique 4* hotel is in an ideal location for shopping at Intu Eldon Square or enjoying the many bars and attractions that Newcastle has to offer.
Situated within Hotel Indigo Newcastle is Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Famous for, but not limited to, their steaks, MPW’s restaurants also offer multiple menus that boast a range of tastes and textures.
Heading along after work I met up with a lovely group of North East bloggers to try out Head Chef, Paul Amer’s latest table d’hôte menu. Paul ran his own restaurant for 6 years before joining Marco Pierre White’s London restaurant and then returning North to Newcastle. Whilst talking to Paul about his latest menu, it was clear that he was passionate about creating creative dishes that were not only full of flavour but beautifully presented!
We were seated in the private area of the restaurant used for functions, where we enjoyed bread (£3.75), olives (£3.25) and a catch up before the first dish was served; Rilette of Smoked Mackarel with lightly pickled vegetables.
The smoked mackerel tasted really fresh and flavoursome! I was already pleased that I was trying the set menu as often in restaurants I play it safe and resort to food I know I’ll like it so it was a great opportunity to try things I may not have ordered. The pickled vegetable garnish was also a nice accompaniment.
The next course to follow was a rather generous serving of Slow Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Pesto, it was deliciously creamy and the basil pesto was a great addition, something which I would have never even considered including at home but it worked so well.
After this we were served Lightly Curried Smoked Haddock Risotto. It was nicely presented and the flavour combinations were certainly creative; however, I felt this course could have perhaps used something other than fish as we had already had fish for our first course.
To follow, we were served our main of Slow Cooked Belly Pork, vale of Mowbray Black Pudding, Pommes Puree, roasted Cauliflower & Caramelised Cauliflower Puree. The black pudding and pork were tasty with just the right amount of crisp crackling on top and the mashed potato was indulgently creamy, just how mash should be!
To finish we enjoyed Raspberry & Passion Fruit Panna Cotta with mini meringues and raspberry sorbet, this course was definitely the star of the show! The vibrant and refreshing sorbet was the perfect contrast for the smooth Panna Cotta with a unique passion fruit twist.
It was great to finally visit Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and learn about the different kinds of menus that are available. Before hearing from Head Chef, Paul Amer I would have only considered MPW for steak as I wasn’t aware about their range of set menus.
On our way out of the restaurant I noticed the comfy looking velvet armchairs in the lounge area which I may have to return to shortly and enjoy a long awaited Afternoon Tea!
Have you ate at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant before?
*My meal was complimentary in return for an honest review. The Table d’hôte menu varies so MPW can’t always advise of the menu on a specific day but another sample of their TDH menu can be found here, priced at £30 for 3 courses.