I last wrote about Al Sulttan in November of 2011, it’s one of my favourite restaurants to visit in Newcastle upon Tyne and now that I don’t live there anymore I miss my impromptu visits.
My last visit to Al Sulttan was a bit of a memorable occasion, I’d just found out that me and Mr Gourmand were going to have a baby and I was so nervous about telling him that the last thing on my mind was food. Mr Gourmand had been looking forward to a meal at the restaurant all week as he had been working over 200 miles away and wanted some comfort food, I did secretly hope that some delicious food might soften the bombshell I was about to drop!
The restaurant itself is spacious with a good amount of seating downstairs and a function room upstairs that is regularly used for birthdays and weddings.
The buffet section is situated down the middle of the restaurant and the variety of food available is massive, the restaurant offers an a la carte menu but as the quality of the buffet is so good you rarely see anyone eating from the menu.
I like to start with similar things to what you see above, the food available does often change but you can always get homemade hummus, tabouleh salad and pickled vegetables. The fried starters are always delicious and crisp on the outside and soft and flavourful on the inside.
I apologise in advance for the way the food is just slopped on my plate, by the time it got to the main courses I was having a case of eyes bigger than stomach and just piled the food on.
What excites me the most about the main courses on offer is the variety, you never know what will be on offer, there are particular meals (I have no idea of the name) that I get so excited about if I spot them under the silver lids. There is always a selection for vegetarians although the meat eaters do get the bulk of the dishes.
There is nothing better than a cup of sweet mint tea (made with Lipton yellow label) after a super heavy indulgent meal, for some reason it allows me to pick my filled stomach off the floor and make my way home, without it I’m a complete mess!
The mint tea seems to aid digestion which obviously leaves room for homemade syrupy pistachio cake!
If like me you love really good quality food then you need to take a trip to the west road in Newcastle.