HELLO to all you Scobberlotch followers out there! We’re Laura and Vinny and while your regular Scobberlotch Mr and Mrs are off sampling foods in hotter climes, they’ve asked us to keep their restaurant seats warm and keep you posted on what tasty delights Newcastle has to offer. We’re not culinary experts or food critics: just a young couple with big appetites who share a love of food, and enjoy nothing more than eating out and celebrating every birthday, anniversary and Tuesday night (!) with a fantastic meal.
So, onto our first assignment: a special event at SIX to promote the re-launch of their private dining space… On arrival we were greeted with a champagne reception and invited to wander around and take in the private dining area. Situated in the level 5 viewing box, the full glass wall down one side of the room gives a spectacular view across the Tyne. This room usually operates as a gallery space during the daytime, but can be transformed at night for private parties. The table settings, which were crowned with an impressive autumnal floral arrangement in the centre, were simple and modern, reflecting the feel of the Baltic gallery.
Whilst we sat back and enjoyed the view, the waitresses brought round a selection of delectable canapés including smoked salmon and dill, polenta bites and flaky cheese straws with truffle mayonnaise. These tasty little morsels truly whetted our appetites for the three course meal to come.
When booking a private dinner here, guests are able to choose from a three course menu with three tempting choices for each course (which are pre-selected in advance). We usually always end up wanting to choose the same things from any menu (as we both have excellent taste!) but for the benefit of you lovely readers, we thought it our duty to sample as much from the menu as possible. So for the starters we chose the pigeon and ham hock terrine and the treacle-cured salmon with wasabi mayonnaise. We were delighted with our choices; the terrine was fresh-tasting and meaty and the portion size was generous, whilst the salmon was moist and the subtle asian flavours didn’t overpower the natural flavour of the fish.
For the mains we opted for the roast fillet of cod, which was delicate and flaky and accompanied by the creamiest, yummiest Boulangere potatoes, and the duck breast which was cooked well wouldn’t disappoint duck-lovers.
Although we enjoyed all the courses, we both agreed that the dessert course was the real star of the night! We finished off the meal with a sumptuous white chocolate cheesecake (the sweetness of which was well-balanced with a refreshing lemon sorbet) and a triple layered brownie cake with peanut butter ice cream which was positively heavenly: dark, rich, gooey and glorious!
After the meal we were led upstairs to the viewing area on the sixth floor where our evening was pleasantly rounded off with petit fours and a choice of tea or coffee.
We would definitely recommend this venue for special occasions: if you’re looking for a private dining venue with a stunning view that will impress your guests, whether they are visitors to Newcastle or locals, this is definitely the place to be! The room holds up to 25 guests allowing for an intimate dinner party which will be well looked after by the unobtrusive but attentive and friendly staff.
For more information and contact details for enquiries and bookings go to http://www.sixbaltic.com/private-dining.html