Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Restaurant to Treasure

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Restaurant to Treasure

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Byline: By Jennifer Bradbury

Treasure of the Orient, Stowell Street, Newcastle. Tel (0191) 230 4008.

Stowell Street in Newcastle is always buzzing but just before 6pm on a Sunday, Chinatown was eerily quiet.

The quietness was explained very quickly as we realised that while some restaurants were open all day, quite a few had closed their doors for the afternoon and would only be opening at 6pm and after.

One of those that was open was the Treasure of the Orient, a modern and airy restaurant which we got a good feeling about immediately.

We were greeted by two guys in tuxedos who courteously showed us to a table near the window, which was great as I like nothing better than doing a spot of people-watching.

The restaurant itself is bright and minimalist, a place where you could go dressed-up or dressed-down.

So on to the meal. After ordering a bottle of white vino (hey, get your priorities right), we took a look at the menu.

This is vast and offers an assortment of banquets, ranging in price from pounds 14.90 to pounds 29.50 per head. They were all extremely tempting but we decided to opt for the value-for-money special banquet, at just pounds 9.50 per head for three courses. It's an offer that's available all day Sunday to Friday, and on Saturday until 6.30pm. Plus, for an extra pounds 3.50, you can have an additional crispy duck.

To start, I went for the crab meat and sweetcorn soup while Mum, who was spending a few days up here, went for the chicken and sweetcorn soup.

Hot, tasty and light, the soups were quickly finished off, and so it was on to the appetisers.

This offered a really good choice, including spring rolls, curry parcels, skewered chicken satay, deep fried wan tons and chicken wings in King Do sauce.

I went for the spare ribs in chilli salt and pepper, while crispy seaweed was Mum's chosen delicacy. …

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