Spago restaurant is situated within minutes of the House of Gourmand, however, in all of the years we have lived in Jesmond we have never visited. After one of those days when you just can’t be bothered to cook we decided to take advantage of the Special Menu at Spago.
The Special Menu is served between 12pm -2pm & 5.30pm – 7pm Monday to Friday and changes every couple of months.
For £7.25 you get a choice of 3 starters, 2 special dishes or any pizza or pasta and a filter coffee.
Mr Gourmand opted for the Minestrone soup which was plentiful with a slightly spicy taste and more vegetables than you usually find accompanying a main course. The soup was mopped up with the generous serving of homemade bread that quickly arrived following our drinks order.
I was left with only one choice as I don’t like having the same dish (it’s a sharing thing) and the other option contained blue cheese which of course I’m allergic too so I chose the Green Lip Mussels with a pepper salsa. The Mussels were huge and tasted very fresh, the pepper salsa was basically chopped peppers and a bit of onion, it’s not something I would have put with the mussels myself as the flavours didn’t really complement each other. The side salad had a delicious basil / olive oil flavour and I would have preferred this to be poured on the mussels rather than the salad.
Mr Gourmand’s main course was a Fillet of Smoked Haddock in a curry sauce served with broccoli, carrots, broad beans and dauphinoise potato. The smoked fish and curry was quite a tantalizing combination which was why Mr Gourmand decided to sample it. The Haddock was beautifully prepared and also a large portion for such a reasonable price, while the curry sauce was equally delicious but sadly too delicate for the smoked fish which left it overpowered. It was still delicious however, but the curry sauce would have been better served with a less strong tasting fish such as Talapia. The vegetables were perfect as is so often the case in small, independent Italian restaurants with good variety and extra marks for the dauphinoise potatoes, which for a long time have been a firm favourite in the House of Gourmand.
I went for a rather basic choice, a Napoli pizza containing anchovy and capers. The simple flavours really complimented each other with the saltiness of the anchovy and the softness of the capers. There was just the right amount of topping meaning that each mouthful had a delicious piece of the anchovy and capers. It is also worth noting that my pizza was so large I couldn’t finish it!
Spago is situated at 15 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne.