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Tiger Tiger – Newcastle upon Tyne

You can read my first Tiger Tiger post here

Situated just outside of the Gate in Newcastle upon tyne, Tiger Tiger is a Bar, restaurant and nightclub, very popular with stag and hen parties and couples.

After our first successful meal at Tiger Tiger We managed to book another night when there was 50% off all drinks and food until 10pm which couldn’t be missed!

The menu hadn’t changed since our last visit and to my delight neither had the cocktail menu!

Mr Gourmand started with the Smokey Barbeque Chicken Wings with shredded chillies (£4.50) which came with a sour cream dip and crudités.  There was a mountain of chicken wings which Mr Gourmand ploughed through in record time, he would have liked a finger bowl as the wings were very messy.

I started with the Sesame and Beer Battered Tiger Prawns (£6.00) which if you read my last post you will recall Mr Gourmand had as his starter last time.  My prawns came on a bed of egg noodles, mange tout and  lemongrass in a lime & chilli dressing.  The plate was beautifully presented but very different from the time Mr Gourmand had them, I got fresh chilli on my prawns which added extra kick to the dish.  The prawns were delicious, and as Mr Gourmand didn’t share his with me when he had them, I returned the favour!

Mr Gourmands main course was the Pan Seared Salmon (£13.00) which was served with coriander & chilli cous cous and wood roasted peppers.  The dish was beautifully presented and the colours were so vibrant.  It tasted superb with very fresh flavours and a feel good factor you get when eating something relatively healthy.

I choose the Spiced Chicken fajitas (£12.00) which were served with flash fried vegetables, soft flour tortillas, guacamole, sour cream, chunky salsa and grated cheese.  This was a mountain of food, far too much for one woman even if she is a self confessed gourmand, I was thankfull on this occasion that Mr Gourmand chose such a light meal so he could help me out!  Although delicious and well worth the price, the meal would have suited two rather than one.

Because he was wearing his stretchy eating trousers Mr gourmand went all out and ordered a dessert, the Caramelised Orange Cheesecake (£4.50) which came with a shot of hot chocolate, this was no ordinary hot chocolate, this was melted chocolate served hot!  I fear he ordered this on purpose as he knows Chocolate and Orange together trigger my migraines so I was only able to sample the delicious hot chocolate.

Including copious amounts of wine and alcohol, the bill came to £61.00



Frankie and Bennys – Newcastle upon Tyne

Frankie & Bennys is an American Italian chain combining the best of popular American food with traditional Italian dishes.  The chain first started in 1995 and now has over 150 branches across theUKand abroad.

Frankie & Benny’s restaurants are themed to reflect a 1950s Italian-American diner.

I particularly like the old photos and the Italian lessons played in the toilets! The restaurant itself plays classic American 1950s pop albums which are available to purchase in-house.

Lunch menus are available Monday – Friday, 11am until 5pm, you get 3 menus to choose from the main menu, lunch value menu and the specials menu. The lunch menu has over 30 dishes to choose from, 1 course will cost you £5.95, 2 courses £7.95 and 3 courses £8.95

The Specials Menu is available all day Sunday – Friday, and 2 courses costs £9.95 or you can get 3 courses for £11.90.

Mr Gourmand preferred the dishes on the specials menu and started with the Southern Blue Mushroom which consisted of two flat mushrooms filled with mozzarella, garlic and breadcrumbs, oven baked and served with fresh rocket, Italian hard cheese and balsamic glaze.

As this was Mr Gourmands first trip to Frankie and Bennys he had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised when his starter arrived.  Aesthetically the plate looked very appealing and the mmm noises coming from Mr Gourmand while gulping mouthfuls of food and air simultaneously could only be interpreted as his approval.

As a regular to Frankie and Bennys I’ve tried the majority of the dishes so decided to go for items I’ve never tried before.  I usually eat from the lunch value menu and this time was to be no different.  I started with the Bruschetta which is a homemade mix of fresh tomato, red onion, basil, olive oil and cracked black pepper served over toasted garlic ciabatta bread, finished with a balsamic glaze. Four huge slices of garlic bread were served with a delicious tangy salsa, the amount of food was far too much for one person so Mr Gourmand helped me out!

As Frankie and Bennys pride themselves on their American Italian food Mr Gourmand felt it would be wrong not to have a burger so his main course was the  New Yorker burger, a 6oz* grilled hamburger topped with BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, mayo and bacon, piled high with Cos lettuce and fresh tomato in a toasted sesame seed bun. This was complimented with house fries and tomato-chilli relish on the side.  Mr Gourmand was astonished at the value and quantity of food presented and I could tell from the sulky look on his face, that was also splattered with the odd bit of relish, that he was secretly ashamed of himself for not dining here before today.  His starter looked superb and he described the burger as ‘as good as he’s had,’ which is some compliment from a man who has clearly had his fair share.

I went for a simple Chicken Caeser salad which consisted of Grilled chicken breast, crispy Cos lettuce leaves, white anchovy, tomato and fresh garlic ciabatta croutons drizzled with a Caesar dressing, topped with Italian cheese and served with a wedge of lemon.  When the salad arrived It was huge, I certainly was not expecting the amount of chicken placed on my plate, again Mr Gourmand had to help me out, a common theme on a Gourmand food visit.  The anchovies were fresh and as a regular, I was once again more than impressed with the meal presented before me. Thoroughly recommended.

Mr Gourmand finished off his meal with the Apple & Rhubarb crumble which was served with warm custard and I had a coffee (£1.95).  During the meal we drank 2 unlimited refill Diet coke (£4.50)  and the total bill came to £25.35.



Tiger Tiger – Newcastle upon Tyne

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Situated just outside of the Gate inNewcastle upon tyne, Tiger Tiger is a Bar, restaurant and nightclub, very popular with stag and hen parties and couples.

We were lucky enough to have picked a night when there was 50% off all drinks and food until 10pm which is one of many offers that Tiger Tiger put on for patrons.

The only criticism I have about the Tiger Tiger restaurant is that you have to walk through the bar to get to it and a separate entrance would make much more sense to me; it could be a bit off putting if the bar is busy with drunks or men/woman dressed as Snow White or Batman, and you want to take your dear old grandma out for her 80th birthday, for example.

The low lighting, dark wood, and smartly dressed waiting staff really give the restaurant an opulent feel and you would be forgiven for thinking that the restaurant really has nothing to do with the bar which is a little past its prime.  The staff are also happy to advise on meals and are usually very knowledgeable about the drinks they have on offer

The menu has a really good range of starters, mains and sides to suit all palettes and bank balances, the drinks menu is rather impressive with a massive cocktail list!

Mr Gourmand started with the Sesame and Beer Battered Tiger Prawns (£6.00) which came on a bed of egg noodles, mange tout and lemongrass in a lime & chilli dressing.  The plate was beautifully presented and the three prawns were a very good size.  It was worth every penny.

I started with the Breaded Camembert (£4.50) which was served on wild roquette and cranberry sauce drizzled with basil oil.  The camembert was a hefty chunk, which was warm and oozy in the middle.  I must admit after eating this I barely had room for my main course and was thankful that at the time of ordering a large table of 10 had come in meaning our main courses took a little longer than normal to come out.

Mr Gourmands main course was the Char-grilled Butterflied Lemon Chicken (£11.50) which came with chunky chips and a vegetable slaw.

I choose the Char-grilled Chicken Breast burger (£9.50) which was served on a board with chips and salsa. The chicken was inside a soft focaccia bun which wase filled with cos lettuce, beef tomato, sweet red onion, mayonnaise and dill pickles and was delicious if not a little filling.

On this occasion we had no room whatsoever for dessert as we had taken advantage of the half price cocktails!



Pizza Hut – The Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne

If you have visited Newcastle before then you have probably come across the gate at some point, it’s a huge glass building that houses a 12 screen cinema, a casino, numerous pubs and a selection of restaurants, one being Pizza Hut.
On a Saturday in town it’s usually rather difficult to get a table anywhere for lunch unless you queue so I made a conscious decision and booked a table at Pizza Hut, it’s not somewhere we would usually go for lunch as we prefer a more authentic individual Italian over a chain, but I knew we would be in the vicinity of the Gate so it made sense to me!
Both myself and Mr Gourmand ordered diet cokes to have while perusing the menu, it was a hot day and we both really needed a cold carbonated drink.  The soft drinks are refillable and will set you back £2.15 which isn’t too bad if you drink like a fish!
As I was going to be dragging Mr Gourmand around the shops of Newcastle kicking and screaming I decided he deserved a treat so ordered some Garlic bread as a starter, it was nothing special, 4 slices of French bread cut on an angle coated with garlic butter and served in a metal basket.  It was hot, salty and tasted ok. I like garlic bread to have chunks of garlic on and taste fresh rather than frozen and heated up but that’s another story.
During the menu perusal Mr Gourmand ‘s face was tripping him firstly because the toppings were all a bit rubbish and secondly the price of the pizzas were let’s say a little pricey. Who in their right mind would rather pay almost £15 for a pizza when you can pop into a local Italian and have a two course meal with coffee on a lunch time for £5.99.  Well on this occasion we were the people not in our right mind and we ordered the Large Best Ever Supreme pizza for £14.99 and to make matters worse ordered it to come with cheesy bites dough which cost a further £1.95.  The pizza was topped with Chicken, Black Olives, Beef, Pepperoni, Red onions and mixed peppers.  Even though I don’t eat pepperoni this appeared the only interesting choice and I would have to accept that removing the pepperoni from my slices would not leave the most appetising pizza to look at!
The cheesy bites were a step too far, the first one was fine but they had a rather fake taste which was off putting, I don’t know what they do to their pizza base but after about 15 minutes once everything has cooled down, biting into the pizza is like biting into a brick, it’s hard and could quite easily chip your teeth! The base also had a rather artificial taste, like a detergent or cleaning product mixed in with the dough. The pizza topping was ok, there were lots of ‘ingredients’, some even resembling their description, although it wasn’t until the journey home that Mr Gourmand realised that the white stringy ‘things’ were actually chicken, worrying though that Mr Gourmand is willing to eat without fully knowing what it is.  
One thing we both liked about our visit was the eat all you want salad, the salad bar was packed with yummy treats like potato salad, lettuce, mixed peppers, sweetcorn, carrots, crispy onions, pasta salad, croutons etc.
The staff did go out of their way to offer a fantastic level of customer service which could not be faulted however the Value for money wasn’t great. We usually go to an independent Italian and spend under £5 each on a two course meal therefore I wouldn’t go back to Pizza hut based on the poor value for money.