Drinks at SIX

It's a Wednesday night, and I couldn't think of a greater way to celebrate making it over the hump then some top-quality fine dining.

And there are not many better places to do that in the North East than SIX, a restaurant with a definite wow factor. Not only does it have a reputation for fantastic food, but it also offers its guests unrivaled views of the NewcastleGateshead cityscape - showcasing the River Tyne and its famous bridges.

What did we get?

  • Contemporary Champagne (cocktail)
  • You Me @ Six (cocktail)
  • Angels Flight white zinfandel

  • Carpaccio of beef, celeriac remoulade, Marmite mayonnaise, rocket
  • Herb chicken galantine, air-dried ham, goat's cheese, tarragon cream
  • Free-range pork, piccalilli puree, creamed spelt, swiss chard
  • Wild venison, potato fondant, savoy cabbage, bacon, apple sauce
  • Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream (v)
  • Choux buns, coffee ice cream, hot chocolate (v)

You can see the full a la carte menu here and the full drinks menu here.

What was it like?

We were initially ushered into the lounge area on arrival, where we could sit and relax with a cocktail before our meal. Big, comfortable sofas made for a lovely start to the evening, with additional support from the previously mentioned spectacular views of the city.

After finishing our cocktails, which were brilliant by the way, we made our way through to the main dining area. It's decor and style is exactly what you would envision from a restaurant situated inside a contemporary art gallery; modern, clean and open.

On inspection of the menu, both my partner and I were impressed by the available dishes. Dining of this standard for us, like most, is somewhat of a luxury, and it excited our inner Masterchef. Suddenly, or at least in my mind, this had not only become a lovely night out but a competition of who could pick the best three-course meal. Game on AJ, game on.

Starters at SIX

Round one: Herb chicken galantine vs. Carpaccio of beef

For starters, I went for the chicken. I loved it, the herbs were fresh and worked well with the ham. Little bits of crispy chicken skin gave texture, and the tarragon sauce, which was bold, complemented the goat's cheese perfectly.

AJ went for the beef, a bold move. The meat was thinly sliced, well seasoned and incredibly tender, but it was the celeriac remoulade that elevated the dish. It was almost like a posh coleslaw, the thin strips of crunchy celeriac were creamy but packed a mustard-like punch that was truly amazing.

Umm, OK, I think the beef wins this round. DM 0 - 1 AJ

Mains at SIX

Round two: Venison vs. Pork

For the main, it was my time to be a bit more daring. I went for the venison, which was cooked pink on the chef's recommendation, and it was really, really good. I mean exceptionally so. The meat itself melted in the mouth, and the potato fondant was buttery and flavoured with garlic. The crispness of the cabbage and the sweetness of the puree brought it together into a fabulous example of fine dining.

AJ went for the pork, a safe move. The meat again was cooked incredibly well, falling apart at ease. The spelt and chard provided some texture, while the piccalilli was powerful and balanced the meal with its acidity.

No doubts in my mind, I win this one. DM 1 - 1 AJ

Desserts at SIX

Round three: Sticky toffee pudding vs. Choux buns

Being ridiculously predictable, I of course went for the sticky toffee pudding. It's a staple, and I do enjoy the novelty of comparing every restaurant's attempts. The pudding was rich, spicy and moist. The sauce was intensely sweet, just how I like it, and the ice cream was fresh and palette cleansing. Top efforts, among my top three of all time (which is no mean feat).

AJ went for the choux buns; I don't think either of us knew what to expect. What came out was heavenly goodness. Lovely sweet pastries, filled with what I can only describe as the best ice cream I have ever tasted, covered in a delicious and warm chocolate sauce. I know it was good because I was given the most minute portion, ever.

No competition in this one, AJ takes the final round and the match. DM 1 - 2 AJ

All competitions aside, every course was sublime and overall our experience was amazing, faultless in fact. I would highly recommend visiting for your next special occasion - it's well worth the money.

If you're still struggling to be convinced, check out their special menu, where you can get two courses for £18.50 or three courses for £22.50. An absolute bargain for the quality.

How much was it?

Two cocktails, one bottle of wine and two three-course meals cost £122, excluding tip and optional donation.

Where is it?

SIX is located on the top floor of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Its full address is SIX, Baltic (6th Floor), South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA.

When is it open?

Dinner reservations are open Monday to Saturday, 17.30 until 21.30

Lunch reservations are open Tuesday to Saturday, 12.00 until 14.00

Sunday Lunch reservations are 12.00 until 14.00

How do I book?

You can book a table via the online form here, by calling 0191 440 4948, or by emailing eat@sixbaltic.com

Where can I find out more?

You can find out by visiting their website www.sixbaltic.com or via their Facebook or Twitter pages.

By David Morton

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