When our favourite American Diner asked us to come along and sample their Christmas menu, we gleefully jumped at the opportunity to sample their ‘All American’ twist on festive eats.
Situated in the Gate Newcastle, C2C’s spacious interior has a real classic American feel, yet more like a classy joint in Massachusetts rather than a diner in New York. The venue boasts sleek dark wood trim and spacious booths with plush leather seating. The walls are festooned with framed original US memorabilia and there’s a soundtrack of Motown and classic US Rock which contributes to the venue’s tangible American theme.
The Christmas menu offers eclectic and refined selection of dishes which accommodates both the gourmet gobbler and the fun-loving foodie. You can opt for three Courses for £23.95 or two Courses £19.95 from the menu which features some real winter warmers including; homemade butternut squash & pumpkin soup and Winter veg fritter stack, or some sweet and savoury takes on our traditional Christmas dishes. Placing my food order with their delightful staff on what was a dreary and drab November evening, I looked forward to getting stuck in.
Our appetiser, sesame chicken tenders, arrived quickly, three chicken tenders coated in sesame seeds and served on a bed of Asian slaw with jalapeno jam. A welcomed alternative to the dreary prawn cocktail, Christmas starter staple. The sweet and spicy flavours from the jalapeno jam along with the savoury, crispy bite of chicken made for an enjoyable starter.
Next up, the main course. Roadside Grill, Christmas dinner done the USA way! A choice of turkey or brisket, served with roast potatoes, nutmeg kale, maple carrots and blueberry gravy. I opted for the brisket which was perfectly cooked and melt in your mouth, topped off with the flavour-packed, sticky blueberry gravy. The nutmeg kale, carrots and potatoes proved to be an excellent accompaniment. Again, another perfect example of the marriage between sweet and savoury, typifying modern American cuisine.
For dessert, I plumped for the decedent Choc Chip Cookie Dough Sundae, layers of vanilla ice cream and chunks of cookie dough smothered in Bourbon Salted Caramel Sauce and finished with a dollop of whipped cream. This monster of a dessert was more than enough to eat between two and was an absolute treat.
My experience at C2C was, overall, a good one. Their festive menu offers a refreshing alternative to ‘run of the mill’ Christmas dishes. The place is unlike no other in the Newcastle food and drink scene and definitely needs to be visited as there’s a good night to be had. Try something different, it may just change your life!
The Gate, Newgate Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5TG
Monday – Saturday
9.00am – 11.00pm:
9.00am – 10.30pm
Tel: 0191 261 2730
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