I’ve always wanted to go to The Sage for a meal. It is such an amazing venue with gorgeous views of the Quayside. When I heard that they were having a Jazz Night menu on Friday evenings for £12 for 2 courses or £15 for 3 courses, I jumped at the chance to go! We invited a lovely couple to join us and eagerly awaited our dinner date.
The Brasserie in The Sage is quite small in terms of restaurant sizes, but has a lovely, spacious layout. Our waiters were so attentive and let us choose bread rolls to nibble on while we caught up with each other’s news. A pianist played background melodies as we looked at our menus and enjoyed all the choices on offer (although I would have preferred a few more options for the main course as there were only 3 to choose from – one meat, one fish and one vegetarian, but then again it was a set menu). Our dishes were served promptly and we took full advantage of the three courses on offer.
For starters I had the soup of the day which was a lovely roasted tomato soup and came as a big portion too! For mains I had chicken with apricot couscous and a hint of chilli, with a side of home-made thrice-baked chips! And for dessert, a delicious orange mousse with an orange and poppy seed tulle.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal but it didn’t have the wow factor I was expecting from dining in such a stunning environment. I think my dining companions would agree with me. However, the staff were 100% attentive and we fully enjoyed our night and stayed in the Brasserie until we were the only ones left!
I think next time I go to The Sage I’d rather dine off the à la carte menu, or dine off a set menu and then see a performance to make the experience more exciting! I feel that dining at The Sage should be more sumptuous and exclusive – maybe offering afternoon teas like those at Jesmond Dene House or Six (the Baltic) which is only a stone throw’s away. I’m sure that would go down a treat!