I can’t believe that I’ve lived in Newcastle for so long and have never eaten at The Living Room. Needless to say, I loved it.
We decided to go with another couple and take advantage of their Newcastle Restaurant Week offer a few weeks ago. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, not like today with the awful on-off pouring rain! We got some drinks at the bar, and then headed through to the gorgeous, elegant interior. I loved the heavily-draped purple curtains and the high ceilings and windows. I had no idea it was so huge inside.
For starters, I ordered the duck spring rolls with plum sauce and MrJ ordered the soup of the day which was onion soup. My dish was great, and I was happy with the five, decent-sized spring rolls. The plum sauce was sweet and sticky. MrJ’s onion soup, oh my, it was heaven in a bowl. I couldn’t get enough of it (he was kind enough to share it with me after he had had enough)! I was even half tempted to go and ask the waitress to bring the chef out and tell me how to make it. I will definitely be going back for that soup alone. It was also served with a nice roll and butter.
For the main course, we both opted for the same: a pulled pork sandwich with apple chutney in a brioche bun, served with french fries. It was lovely. The pulled pork was succulent with a good flavour, and wasn’t too wet so the sandwich (more like burger) held together well. The french fries came in a lovely little silver bucket, and the whole meal was nicely presented on a wooden chopping board.
For dessert, MrJ got an eton mess, and I got sticky toffee pudding. I have to admit, the sticky toffee pudding wasn’t that great. It was very chewy in places and also came with a helping of rum and raisin ice cream which wasn’t mentioned on the menu. The rum flavour was pungent and over-powered the dessert. If I knew it came with the rum ice cream, I would have opted for something different. However, I feel that this was more a one-off dislike, as everything else was so scrummy and I’m sure if I went back again the desserts would be just as fab.
So, you might think “this is all great and everything, but Restaurant Week is over so I can’t get the same deal!” Well, you’ll be happy to know that everything on the Restaurant Week menu is available on their regular dining menu, and they have a delightful Supper Club offer of 2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £14.95, so you can still eat here for a bargain price!