When it comes to choosing a venue in Newcastle for Sunday Lunch, you really are spoilt for choice. The burgeoning trend of restaurants offering us a good value, good quality alternative to that traditional ‘home cooked roast’ forces us to question, if we ever need to slave over a hot stove again.
If like me you have spent years running, the sometimes treacherous gauntlet, of finding that perfect Sunday roast venue and are still yet to be completely fulfilled; Then I definitely have an offering for you!
Prima Restaurant, situated on Newcastle’s Quayside, offer a Sunday Lunch from their set menu starting at a very decent £7.95 per head. The popular Italian restaurant also offers a children’s menu with prices starting from £4.95.
The well established Prima restaurant is definitely regarded as a heavyweight within Newcastle’s restaurant scene and provides everything you would expect from a premier dining establishment. The venue is built within one of the Viaducts supporting the main Newcastle intercity rail line. This architectural form has been utilised to great effect by Prima. The Restaurant’s slick interior, clever lighting and large stone bricked walls combine to create a magnificent Cathedral like feel within its main dining area.
“Prima restaurant is definitely regarded as a heavyweight within Newcastle’s restaurant scene”
I have eaten at Prima many times and have adored every offering from their Italian menu. However, I must admit that I was a little sceptical with regards to Prima, or indeed any Italian Restaurant’s capability of successfully creating a traditional English Sunday lunch which would satisfy the most hardened of traditionalists. It’s nothing personal; I just feel that if a Restaurant is capable of breaking from ‘the norm’ of its usual menu then it has to be something really special!
The set menu was a well thought out selection of both Italian and English dishes including Prawn Cocktails and Buffalo Mozzarella for the starter course. The main offered either; A Traditional Roast with a choice of beef, chicken or pork; Sea Bass Fillet in a spicy tomato sauce or a Mushroom and Spinach Risotto. Desert included a choice of Sorbet, Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding or Brownie with Ice Cream.
For Starters I ordered The Buffalo Mozzarella served with tomato and red onion salsa. Although the venue was starting to fill, the friendly and efficient waiter promptly served me with my generous sized starter which was light, delicately flavoured and delicious. This well balanced Italian starter left enough room to spare for the main.
The main course; beef with roasties, Yorkshire pudding, mash, seasonal vegetables and gravy, certainly did not disappoint. The beef was lean and generous in portion, cooked medium, succulent and deeply flavoursome. The Yorkshire pudding was generous in size and perfectly cooked while the mash was smooth with a rich creamy taste. The roasties were crispy on the outside yet fluffy on the inside and the veg was fresh, Tender and crisp. All this complimented with a generous smothering of rich gravy, expertly made from the stock of the good quality meat.
With almost no room to spare, I had the more traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding for desert, which was beautifully presented, its rich flavour and smooth texture rounded off the meal perfectly.
The news of discovering a great Sunday lunch venue serving quality food at great prices along with excellent service should be shouted about from every Newcastle roof-top. Prima, I’ve eaten my words regarding your capability as quickly as I ate your lunch. You are indeed a very special restaurant, as for my scepticism, I’m truly sorry!
40-46 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JA
Tel: 0191 233 1011
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