The Jesmond Brasserie can be found within the 15 room Jesmond Hotel on Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Brasserie has a very intimate setting which can seat around 45 diners. The Brasserie has rather confusing opening hours meaning that walk-ins are unlikely, other restaurants on Osborne road are open from lunch time 7 days a week while the brasserie is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, doesn’t open until 5pm Wednesday – Friday and only serves lunch on a Saturday (from 2) and Sunday (from 12).
The early evening menu is available between 5-7pm the A la carte menu is available between 7-10pm and Saturday lunch is served between 2-5pm, Sunday lunch is served between 12-6pm confused? I was!
On first impression the restaurant was clean and welcoming and looked like it had a lot of money spent on it. The tables were beautifully decorated with linen napkins.
While we viewed the menu we were given freshly baked rolls with butter which were delicious and still warm.
The early evening menu consisted of a choice of 4 starters, 6 main courses and 4 desserts. There was a good choice of meat, fish and vegetarian meals to choose from.
Mr Gourmand started with the Ham Hock Terrine (£2.95) which was served with homemade peas pudding and toasted brioche, it was beautifully presented on a glass plate with a mixed leaf salad, sundried tomato and balsamic glaze. I didn’t try this due to it being pork but Mr Gourmand assured me it was delicious.
I started with the Mackerel and potato salad (£2.95) which was a fillet of grilled mackerel on a bed of Lemon infused potato with rocket. The flavours were delicious together and worked so well.
Mr Gourmands main course was Chicken Breast (£6.50) a pan seared breast of free range chicken served on a bed of creamy mash with green vegetables and a peppercorn sauce.
I chose the Chefs Special (£8.00) which was beef medallions in a red wine jus. The beef was served on a bed of creamy mashed potato and came with green vegetables. The beef was unbelievably tender and melted in the mouth, three pieces were far too much as I actually struggled with one as they were so thick.
Being a greedy gourmand I couldn’t leave without trying the Cheese board (£3.50) which came with 4 huge chunks of cheese, a mountain of crackers and home made chutney. I’m glad I had Mr Gourmand with me on this occasion as there is no was one person could have had this to themselves! Mr Gourmand likes to have fruit with his cheese and would have preferred a piece of apple or some grapes.
The bill came to £33.00 including drinks.
Jesmond Brasserie, 34 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne